Bitter cold weekend sweeps in ahead of possible major storm

Posted at 11:45 AM, Mar 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-11 13:39:42-05

NEW YORK — A brutal cold has moved in along with powerful wind gusts that’ll make for a painfully frigid weekend — leading up to a potential major storm next week.

Saturday will be a a mix of sun and clouds and maybe a few flurries as temperatures drop into the 20s. The snow still around from Friday is likely to stick around through the weekend as Sunday’s weather will be quite similar.

Throughout the weekend, temperatures will struggle to get past the low 30s.

After the brutally cold weekend comes the possibility for a strong coastal storm on Tuesday producing a “significant” amount of snow, the NWS said. It’s still too early to say when that impending storm will hit on Tuesday or how much snow it will dump on the tri-state.

But all weather maps are indicating we are in for a storm developing late Monday night and lasting through Tuesday night. It has the makings of a strong coastal storm, and all the potential to become a full fledged nor’easter.

This storm will require three ingredients to get together at the perfect time. Gulf moisture, a cold injection of energy from Canada and a Pacific storm sending its energy eastward to meet up. In the world of meteorology, it’s like threading a needle, but when it does happen, that’s how you get memorable storms.

That’s not to say that this is going to be a huge snowstorm with blizzard conditions. All those pieces have to get together at just the right time. We’re pretty certain these systems will form into one big one along the mid Atlantic coast but the track from there will be very critical.

If it then takes a perfect path to about 100 miles off Long Island, then snow lovers will rejoice with the biggest snowfall of the season. Perhaps a foot or two with gale force winds and blowing and drifting snow.

A few maps are showing this track.

However, a few other models are indicating a more northward track, up the coast which would carry warmer air into our region so the snow would change to rain for several hours and knock back the accumulations substantially. There is also still a small chance that the track could be farther south and east and only fringe our area but that is the least likely scenario right now.

We’ll keep you updated as new information keeps coming in. For now, just be alert to the possibility of needing to change plans for the first few days of this upcoming week. It will give you a chance to sit back and wonder what happened to all that lovely out of season spring weather we enjoyed.