Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Another Winter Storm Brewing

Another Winter Storm Brewing

The heaviest snow is expected to fall Wednesday afternoon, with the highest amounts expected in Harrisburg and areas east.

After the storm moves out early Thursday, a stretch of sunshine will follow. Under this band, snowfall rates will be prolific, over 1 inch per hour.

Temperatures during the snow event are expected to remain in the 20s even overnight.

Forecasters caution that if the line between rain and snow shifts, snowfall totals could change dramatically.

There are a lot of similarities with this week's system and the one that hammered us last Friday.

The storm is expected to arrive less than a week after a nor'easter brought rain and strong winds that knocked out power to 150,000 National Grid customers in Rhode Island. While not almost as strong as last week's storm, the combination of those breezes plus the heavy and wet nature of the snow could lead to more or renewed power outages across parts of the area, especially where the heaviest snow totals set up.

Overall, today is going to be a nice day!

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 40s. On Thursday, daytime highs will be about 40 degrees.

Expect some flurries tonight, with overcast skies and a low around 23.

A midweek storm is expected to drop almost a foot of snow across ME, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is encountering dry and stable air across southern and eastern Wisconsin. The storm will develop near the coast of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia tomorrow morning. Snow will be heavy at times Wednesday afternoon and evening. Snow then ends during the evening.

A 140-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in southeastern South Dakota is shut down due to the conditions.

Officially, 2.3 inches of snow was recorded at the Dane County Regional Airport on Monday, boosting Madison's March and meteorological spring (March through May) total to 2.3 inches, 0.9 inches above normal. However, gusts to 30-40 miles per hour are possible late tomorrow night and Thursday. While usually winds of this magnitude don't usually cause power outages, they might be an issue from the combination of wet snow and gusty winds.

"That's also unusual, to have three winter storms back-to-back", he said.

So when will the snow begin to fall? This rain/snow line is likely west of Boston.

This will be a relatively quiet period. A track farther east is still possible at this point, but that scenario looks less and less likely with each model run. Highs will range from 40-45.

A storm system dumping snow on parts of the Midwest has shut down hundreds of schools in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Give yourself extra time commuting.

There is the potential for another major winter storm.

Tides will be running 2 feet or so under where they were for our last storm. This is a storm we'll have to watch closely. A shift away from the coast would mean little or no snow.

Temperatures should be too warm for snow at the start of the storm.

We had plenty of precipitation in February. Rain and snow likely developing at night.

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