At 7 am Tuesday, March 6, the National Weather Service was forecasting 13 inches of snow for Danbury and 14 inches for Waterbury by the time an approaching Nor’easter moves out of the early early Thursday morning.
Heavy, wet snow and gusting winds could take down trees already weakened from last week’s storm and snap power lines, adding to stress for customers who’ve gone days without power.
“For most people in the Northeast, especially in New England and the coastal mid-Atlantic, this will be a more typical winter storm or Nor’easter” AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski predicted Monday. “And that could lead to some downed tree branches or even some power outages possible in a few locations”, said Dellicarpini. Throw in some minor to locally moderate coastal flooding, and it’s evident that Winter Storm Quinn is going to be lousy.
Snow is expected to start falling in the New York City area late Tuesday with little accumulation.
The height of the storm will be Wednesday evening into Thursday, with snow or rain winding down by late in the day.
Along with the borderline temperatures, Dombek said the key to accumulations on Wednesday will be intensity. Thereafter, communities will need Wednesday night and Thursday morning to dig out. The storm could dump more than a foot of snow in some areas.
He also said it will “pack a punch” from New Jersey to ME, and waters could be rough enough to ‘toss around large vessels off shore’.
New York City should see 4-9 inches of snow, with possibly 10 inches near the Bronx, as the region 10-15 miles north of the city may get a foot. South and east of Philly will see a mix of sleet and heavy snow with plain rain along the coast.
Preliminary snow amounts have far southern Wisconsin recording 1-3 inches of snow so far.
Very heavy snow is now pummeling Philadelphia and New York City.
As usual, the impact of the storm depends on its eventual path – still uncertain – as it passes through the area, forecasters said.
This week’s storm was not forecast to have the hurricane-strength winds whipped up at times by the storm last week, but forecasters say strong gusts of 97kph and accumulated snow will still be enough to knock down more power lines.
Just days after a nor’easter pounded the region, knocking down trees and wires over a wide swatch of central NY, a second nor’easter is on the way, and could drop heavy snow over parts of the region for the second time in five days.
Hundreds of crews continued to work to clear trees and fix power lines across the Garden State, but officials said some customers affected by that storm may not have their service restored until at least Wednesday.
Sunday, the high will be near 48 with mostly sunny skies, the weather service said. There were 760 customers without power in Rochester as of 10:30 Tuesday morning, according to Eversource’s online power outage map.