Maryland Unlikely To See Large Impact From Nor'easter

A National Weather Service forecaster said Maryland is unlikely to get much of a hit from the nor'easter developing to the southeast, one that could hit areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

Here we go again?

Just a week after Superstorm Sandy rumbled up the eastern seaboard, a powerful nor'easter appears set to do the same, with the outside chance to dump a wintry mix on parts of Maryland.

In an advisory Monday, the National Weather Service said the storm is expected to develop off the Carolina coast on Tuesday before moving north.

Ken Widelski, a forecaster with the NWS in Sterling, VA, said in a phone interview that how much precipitiation the Baltimore area gets—if any—depends on how far west the storm forms.

"The exact track of the system is very uncertain right now," Widelski said. "There is a chance for some precipitation that would be generally Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night. If that were the case, it could be in the form of snow."

Accuweather says the most likely scenario brings the storm north along the east coast, bringing high winds and coastal flooding. A small craft advisory is in effect for the Baltimore area.

The western side of the storm could dump snow or a wintry mix on parts of the Baltimore area and in Garrett County, which was buried in more than two feet of snow by the remnants of Sandy.

Accuweather places the rain/snow line west of Baltimore. Foot's Forecast believes there will be "LITTLE to NO snow accumulations" in the I-95 corridor. The National Weather Service offers the possibility of snow on Thursday in the Baltimore region.

But assuming it stays east, Widelski said, the worst case scenario would be gusty winds and rain, with most of the rain and snow reserved for New Jersey and New York—areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.


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