A storm watch is in effect on the United States East Coast, with possible blizzards hitting areas of New England where the calendar has said “Spring” since last week, but winter-weary residents are preparing for one more hammering, with six to eight inches of snow — or even more — piling up in some areas, mostly in coastal areas and offshore.
“The storm is really going to explode offshore,” National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson told The Boston Globe. “The outer Cape (Cod) and Nantucket could certainly get 6 inches-plus.”
The NWS issued a blizzard watch for those areas, that takes effect Tuesday, when not only heavy snow but high winds up to 60 mph could batter the region.
Coastal flooding and strong waves, some more than 30 feet high, are also possibilities when the storm reaches its peak.
As for Boston itself, the storm watch says that between two and four inches of snow will drop on the city, with about half that total falling on areas of Massachusetts west of the Greater Boston Area.
Southern Connecticut was also predicted to take a pounding from the storm. A Hazardous Weather Outlook for that area calls for the “potential” for six inches of snow.
But the National Weather Service cautioned that the storm watch predictions come with a degree of “uncertainty,” as the storm which is advancing ocean-based storm could still shift one way or the other, causing a drastic change in how the storm affects certain areas.
“A shift in the track of less than 100 miles in either direction will result in a significant difference in impacts across the area,” the NWS said in its storm watch advisory.
Nonetheless, the NWS warns that the storm “poses a serious threat to Southern New England.”
Southeastern Maine is also in the path of the storm, which at its worst may bury the region under a foot of the white stuff, according to AccuWeather.
Temperatures on Monday dropped down to mid-winter levels throughout the northeast and midwest, sitting at up to 20 degrees below average for late March.
While New England appears to be in the direct path of the storm, New York City and Washington D.C. should also watch for snowfall, with between one and three inches expected in either city.