A new East Coast storm is expected to strike the area hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, with forecasters expecting wintry conditions to strike just after Election Day.
Meteorologists say the new East Coast storm is still about six days out and the forecast could still change, The Associated Press noted. But if it hits as expected, the storm could dump snow on the area as a nor’easter would hit the mid-Atlantic and New England states in the middle of next week.
The new East Coast storm would not be as bad as Hurricane Sandy, forecaster Bruce Sullivan said. Though the new storm would not be tropical, it would include snow and winds as high as 30 or 40 mph.
“I wouldn’t get too alarmed yet,” Sullivan said. “But it’s something we’re going to be watching over the next few days and fine-tuning. Anything that could hamper clean-up efforts is something that could be watched.”
The new East Coast storm is expected to come via land from the Southeast United States before veering off into water where it would join up with cold air from the Great Lakes. The storm would then curve back into the mid-Atlantic region, Sullivan said.
Jeff Masters, meteorology director for the private service Weather Underground, said the new East Coast storm could still miss the worst projections.
“There’s room for optimism,” Masters said, though he added: “From what I’m Iooking at, there’s a concern.”
If predictions are accurate, the new East Coast storm would strike as many areas in the region are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, CBS News noted. Millions of residents in New York and New Jersey remain without power, and the hurricane caused an economic impact as large as $50 billion.