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New Nor'easter's Heavy Snow, Strong Winds Could Cause Power Outages

A look at projected snowfall accumulation amounts. Photo Credit: AccuWeather.com
A look at anticipated potential wind gusts. Photo Credit: National Weather Service

While some uncertainty still remains about the potential amount of snowfall from the fourth Nor'easter to hit the region this month, the heavy, wet snow, combined with strong winds, could lead to new power outages and tree damage.

Winds will gust 30 to 35 mph along the coast during the height of the storm on Wednesday, 25 to 30 mph inland and 25 mph or less farther north. (See second image above.) Coastal flooding and beach erosion are also likely.

Still, this will not be a powerhouse storm in terms of wind like the Nor'easters that struck earlier this month, AccuWeather.com said.

Most of the tristate area should see between 6 to 10 inches of snowfall accumulation, with locally higher amounts possible. Areas north of I-84 are expected to see less accumulation. (See first image above.)

Winter Storm Warnings and Watches and Coastal Flood Advisories are in effect from midnight Wednesday, March 21 until 8 a.m. Thursday, March 22.

The combination of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible, the National Weather Service said.

Freezing rain and sleet will usher in the front end of the storm overnight into Wednesday morning before turning to all snow later in morning, the weather service said. The snow will become heavy in the afternoon, making the Wednesday evening commute treacherous in most of the area.

Snow, heavy at times with some thundersnow possible, will continue through late Wednesday night.

Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high in the low-40s.

For a PowerPoint presentation on the storm from the National Weather Service, click here.

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