Experts are eyeing a possible nor’easter less than a week after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast, leaving New York City inundated with water.
There is currently a reasonable model agreement saying that low pressure will develop off of the Southeast or mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, moving up to the north, reports The Washington Post.
Exactly where it develops will determine which areas are hit most, though it is very likely that that the coastline is in for another storm, though it will not be as bad as Superstocm Sandy. CWG winter weather expert Wes Junker stated:
“This is a case where two different upper level impulses have to phase correctly to get the Nor’easter to develop far enough west to give Washington, D.C. storm conditions. In such cases the timing of the two waves has to be almost perfect to get a storm.”
NBC News notes that FEMA and Red Cross officials are ordering more resources in preparation for the potential storm, with temperatures beginning to dip into the 20s and power still out for hundreds of thousands. Power has been restored to almost all of lower Manhattan, but 2.3 million homes in other parts of New York and the rest of the Northeast remains out.
The potential storm would wreak havoc on an already hurting area, with no end in sight to the cold temperatures. Vincent Savino, the president of Statewide Oil and Heating, which usually supplies some 2,000 buildings across New York City, stated, “There’s no heating oil around. I don’t know how much fuel we have left: maybe a day or two.”
The National Weather Service’s prediction center stated during an update on Saturday, “If the storm tracks close enough to the coast … it appears the airmass may be sufficiently cold for snow to fall, even in the lower elevations.”
Weather.com expert Tom Niziol stated that the potential impacts of the nor’easter include strong winds, high surf potentially causing additional coastal erosion, significant snowfall between the Poconos and Upstate New York, as well as continued cold temperatures that have overnight lows around Thursday in the low to mid 30s.