Confidence has increased at the National Weather Service that a nor’easter in the form of a major snowstorm is a risk to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this weekend.
It’s still too early to be sure, remember all the prognosticating about a weekend storm this time last week? And there are differences in the severity of impact depending on who you put your faith in about the forecasting — i.e. the American vs. European models.
The European model suggests that a snowstorm with up to 50 mph wind gusts could potentially create blizzard-like conditions and up to two feet of snow in New Jersey and elsewhere, while the American model suggests that the storm could stay far enough out to sea that it would result in up to three inches of snow with strong winds but less severe gusts.
Right now, the weather service is warning the storm “will create considerable impacts Friday through the weekend from the Mid-Atlantic through the Northeast” with heavy snow merely a possibility.
In addition to the snow, coastal flooding and beach erosion are a concern for the Shore.
In any event, hazardous travel conditions are likely, the weather service warns.
Erik Larsen: 732-682-9359 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: NJ weather: Nor'easter, snowstorm possible for weekend