Valentine’s Day Winter Storm for the Northeast
Forecasters are tracking a storm system that has brought heavy rain and gusty winds to the Golden State, but it promises to deliver freezing rain and heavy rain by the time Valentine’s Day week is over in the Northeast.
As with every storm system that has impacted the region over the past two years, major cities are not expected to see significant snowfall, but it will likely be a different story for inland communities in both the Northeast and New England.
End of this week
Before a low pressure system makes its way to the Northeast, it will bring plenty of rain to the South and Southeast over the weekend.
Areas along the Gulf Coast will see another round of rain and storms this weekend that could put a damper on any outdoor Mardis Gras celebrations.
Localized flooding will be possible, with heavy rain forecast across northern Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the southern Appalachians.
Widespread rainfall of 1-3 inches is expected before the storm begins in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Early next week
If forecast models are correct, rain could begin early Monday night and move off the coast late Wednesday.
For major cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York City, precipitation is expected to stay mostly in the form of rain, but there’s a chance that some swirling moisture on the back side of the low will fall in snowflakes before it’s all said and done. .
“I want to point out the I-95 corridor. That’s where we’re still stuck with just rain…and when we think about where we stand so far with snow, it’s not a lot,” he said. FOX Meteorologist Kendall Smith.
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The heavy rainfall appears to be headed to communities surrounding the Poconos, Catskills, Adirondacks and White Mountains, where some snowfall amounts approaching 1 foot are likely.
The Fox Forecast Center said it was too early to describe details, but the storm system could align with the mid-January event, which dropped several inches of snow at high elevations.
So far, no watches or warnings have been issued for communities in the Northeast, and don’t expect them to be lifted until Friday or even Saturday.
A winter storm watch is usually issued 48 hours before heavy snow, sleet, or sleet begins to fall.
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Large ice accumulations can lead to major travel problems, splintered trees, and downed power lines.
Early indications are that accumulations should remain below important benchmarks, including the threat of water freezing over bridges and overpasses, which could lead to a broader ice threat.
Forecasters expect an area of high pressure to form behind the storm system, allowing for more normal temperatures through Valentine’s Day weekend and into the following weekend.