Winter storm predicted Monday into Tuesday

Posted March 13, 2017

The National Weather Service is forecasting the bitter blast to roll up the coast Monday night and into Tuesday for most of the region.

The blizzard warning is in effect for Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Essex, Union, Middlesex and Ocean Counties.

"Heavy snowfall will result in risky travel conditions", warns the weather service. Accuweather is calling for snow accumulations in the 4 to 8 inch range, with the heavier amounts more likely in Greene, Madison and Culpeper.

The heaviest snow will hit between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest snow looks to fall between midnight and 7AM. Snow will diminish by Tuesday evening.

She says a significant snowfall can create hard traveling conditions and trigger power outages.

The first flakes will fall near the MA border between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

AccuWeather said that there's "potential for a major snowstorm" Tuesday with accumulation reaching close to nine inches, while Weather.com predicts as between eight to 12 inches and wind gusts reaching 40 miles per hour. Coastal areas may see blizzard or near-blizzard conditions.

It will remain unseasonably cold with temperatures only expected in the low to mid 20s.

Wind gusts can frequently top 40 miles per hour at the height of the storm, which cannot only create blizzard conditions, but may break tree limbs and threaten sporadic power outages, according to AccuWeather.

After Wednesday, there aren't any more bad snowstorms heading to Lorain County in the coming week, Clark said, but there's no saying this is the last major snowfall. However, even as the storm comes to a close on Wednesday, a second burst of arctic air is expected to take hold of the Northeast, so spring-like temperatures from the past couple of weeks will not make a comeback just yet.