Powerful spring snowstorm to slam New England – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A strong spring snowstorm is expected to deliver howling winds and heavy snow to eastern New England late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

The projected path of the storm puts Cape Cod, Mass., and southeastern Maine at greatest risk for blizzard conditions, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski. Six to 12 inches of snow is possible. Some communities could get more than a foot.

The storm could rapidly gain power through a process known as “bombogenesis” Tuesday night, the National Weather Service predicts. This process occurs when a storm quickly intensifies, usually over the ocean just off the East Coast. On Wednesday, the storm could be similar in strength to a Category 3 hurricane.

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The weather service has posted a blizzard watch for all of southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the islands, and eastern Maine. A blizzard is defined as a storm that produces falling and/or blowing snow with sustained winds or gusts to 35 mph and visibility below a quarter-mile for at least three hours.

High surf, beach erosion and coastal flooding also are possible in New England on Wednesday.

The provinces of Atlantic Canada — Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland — all could receive hurricane-strength winds late Wednesday.

While New England and Atlantic Canada will see the worst of the storm, “there is still nuisance-to-disruptive snowfall in store for the spine of the Appalachians, Virginia and the rest of the Northeast,” Pydynowski reports.

Light to moderate snow is forecast from the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley into the central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states during the day Tuesday, the Weather Channel predicts. Along the Interstate 95 corridor, the snow may mix with rain.

Washington, D.C., could see 1-2 inches of snow and New York City 1-3 inches. Late March snow is rare in New York City, but the city has seen two April snowstorms of at least 10 inches, according to National Weather Service data.

Bitter cold — for late March — covered the Midwest and Northeast on Monday, as high temperatures were 10-20 degrees below average, the weather service reports.

The cold spell is producing temperatures typical of January, AccuWeather says. The temperature in International Falls, Minn., on Monday morning was -27 degrees and -25 in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

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