WASHINGTON, January 20, 2014—The National Weather Service is predicting significant snow accumulations Tuesday for cities along the East Coast from Washington D.C. to New York as the leading edge of another Arctic cold blast returns.
“The snow will come courtesy of yet another Alberta Clipper set to drop through the Dakotas and Ohio Valley on Monday through Monday night with accumulations on the order of a coating to 2 inches,” stated Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.com. “The snow will become heavier as it streaks across the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, then makes a northeastward turn toward southern New England late in the day and evening.”
Issuing warnings for several states along the East Coast, The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures 10 to 25 degrees below average from the Mississippi Valley to the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region.
AccuWeather.com is predicting accumulations of three to six inches for part of the mid-Atlantic to southwestern New England.
“The heavy snow may expand northward along the coast, as the storm approaches the Atlantic Ocean and taps into more moisture,” said AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist Bernie Rayno.
The quick-moving storm will likely drop the heaviest precipitation on the mountains of Virginian and West Virginia, where accumulation is expected to be over six inches. Less snowfall is expected in northern Pennsylvania, upstate New York, and northwestern New England, where cold, dry air will prevail.
“For Washington, D.C., this could be the biggest storm since January 26, 2011, when about five inches of snow fell,” said AccuWeather.com winter weather expert Brian Wimer.
As temperatures fall to the 20s in the Washington D.C. area, periods of moderate to heavy snowfall are likely throughout the day Tuesday. The afternoon will bring an increase in winds with the possibility of drifting and blowing snow later Tuesday.
“Even though the storm is coming during the day Tuesday, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Roanoke and Richmond, Va., Dover, Del., Philadelphia, New York City, and Atlantic City, N.J., will have enough snow to shovel and plow,” Wimer said.
The storm is predicted to cause slick roads and some flight delays. AccuWeather.com warns motorists use caution on all roads due to deteriorating conditions and possible reduction of visibility at times.