Nor’easter Headed to N.J., N.Y., May Complicate Sandy Recovery Effort

November 5, 2012

The National Weather Service said a nor’easter with wind gusts up to 50 mph is expected to hit the New Jersey, New York coastal region on Wednesday into Thursday.

In an updated forecast on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the agency said its latest model guidance suggests this system may move a bit further offshore than previously thought — thus lessening the impacts. Still, the agency said Tuesday morning “the stage is set” for a coastal storm to develop late Tuesday along the Southeast coast. As it moves northward, it is expected to bring heavy rain, wet snow and gusty winds to parts of the Northeast.

With strong winds and moderate coastal flooding, the nor’easter could hamper the region’s Sandy recovery effort. It could also cause additional damages to structures and trees that were weakened by Sandy.

“The coastal system forecast to develop will definitely be a heavy-rain and gusty-wind producer while churning up the seas,” the National Weather Service said Tuesday morning. However, recent model guidance suggests this area of disturbed weather may be nudged offshore a bit further than previously thought, which would lessen the impacts over the northeast, the agency said.

The current track of this system is expected to keep the heaviest rainfall just offshore of the New Jersey coast. The National Weather Service said enough low-level cold air will wedge itself along the I-95 corridor to bring some accumulating snows from Delaware up to Maine. This currently includes some major metropolitan cities including Philadelphia, New York City and Boston where a few inches of snow are possible.

 

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