Meteorologists are tweeting about a possible nor'easter impacting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast from Friday Night to Saturday.
Any of our Northeastern readers know the weather term nor'easter very well. It's a powerful low-pressure system that rapidly strengthens off the East Coast and produces heavy snow, damaging winds, and coastal flooding.
NBC Boston's meteorologist Pete Bouchard tweeted Monday morning, "I wouldn't be doing my job if I disregarded the storm threat for Saturday."
"So here's my due diligence: There's a good possibility of a nor'easter with significant snow starting Friday night and going through Saturday.
Prob. of 6" + of snow is rather high this far out."
NBC/MSNBC's meteorologist Bill Karins said three long-range forecast models show a winter storm near New England on Saturday. He said forecasting snow totals or even pointing out high impact areas is unknown at the moment, "but confidence growing for a significant weather event including heavy snow, high winds & coastal flooding."
Now 3 long-range forecast models show a very intense winter storm near New England on Saturday. Too early for snow totals or even to know who will see the highest impacts but confidence growing for a significant weather event including heavy snow, high winds & coastal flooding. pic.twitter.com/xScMkA1tiO— Bill Karins (@BillKarins) January 24, 2022
Another meteorologist, NBC Connecticut's Bob Maxon, said, "We are, of course, watching the threat of a Saturday storm."
Weather @twitter will melt the internet over the next few days. Thank goodness for our devices so we can track this with every 6hr model cycle of 5-6 models all week! We are, of course, watching the threat of a Saturday storm. #NBCCT pic.twitter.com/W0xcExLyqE— Bob Maxon (@bobmaxon) January 24, 2022
The question now is how close the storm tracks to the coast, further east, and the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area will receive little snowfall at all. If the storm tracks on or close to the coastline, accumulating snow could be seen in the mid-Atlantic region and Northeast.
Forecasts are not locked in and will most likely change in the days ahead. Continue to monitor shifting weather models because if it tracks close enough to the coastline, it could create severe flight cancellations and delays for airports in the region.