Winter Storm Skylar will be the third nor’easter to hit New England in the last 11 days.
…A Nor’easter is expected to bring blizzard conditions across southeastern New England on Tuesday…
…Unsettled weather moving into the western U.S. with heavy snow along the Sierras…
Computer models are finally coming into close agreement that a Nor’easter will spread significant snowfall tonight into Tuesday from northern Mid-Atlantic through New England as the center of the storm is forecast to pass around 200 miles southeast of Cape Cod early Tuesday morning.
Unlike the previous couple of storms, this Nor’easter poses a bigger threat for heavy snow and high winds closer to southeast New England coastal areas. As the storm center passes to the east and southeast of New England on Tuesday, potential exists for mesoscale heavy snow bands to form near the coast, leading to bursts of heavy snow along with very gusty winds, which will likely lead to blizzard conditions should these mesoscale bands form.
Very cold air will then pour into the eastern U.S. behind the storm, leading to very cold temperatures for March to continue into mid-week all the way down to Florida. With a blocking pattern remaining in place across the high latitudes, the center of the Nor’easter will not stray too far to the east of Maine after making landfall across Nova Scotia on Wednesday. This will keep the snow and snow showers in place over much of New England on Wednesday near a trough of low pressure.
Rhode Island can expect 12-18 inches of snow with winds gusts of 60 to 75 mph.
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