KEY POINTS

  • All projections point to a “big storm” this weekend, says a senior meteorologist
  • If it continues on the expected track, the nor’easter could bring coastal flooding and beach erosion
  • Heavy snow is expected in the New England area

The National Weather Service (NWS) warned Tuesday of a potential winter storm that may have “considerable impacts” across the Northeast from Friday through the weekend. The agency added that the nor’easter could come with a bomb cyclone.

The NWS Weather Prediction Center said that “confidence is increasing that a significant winter storm will create considerable impacts Friday through the weekend from the Mid-Atlantic through the Northeast,” adding that New England will most likely experience “heavy snow.”

The agency said heavy snow is also possible along the East Coast although there could still be changes in the coming days regarding the impact on Washington D.C. and New York City.

The center went on to warn of possible “coastal flooding and beach erosion” in the Northeast, with “strong winds” that could cause snow to blow through the area and “some damage.” Up to three inches of snow is expected if the nor’easter comes through.

The NWS in Boston has clarified that “a lot can change between now and then” as the Northeast braces for impact. On the other hand, weather experts have urged residents of the East and South Coast to still be prepared for coastal flooding if the storm continues on the predicted track, WYCN-LD reported.

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Adam Douty told New York Post that while almost all projections point to a “big storm” this weekend, the “impact all depends on where it’s going to track along the East Coast.”

Douty said the nor’easter could affect southern states, Maine and North Carolina, with the heaviest snowfall affecting Massachusetts. He added that flooding and power outages are possible along the New Jersey coast and into New England.

Meteorologists at Weather.com predicted that the storm will buildup “with a cold front moving across the Northeast” Friday. The storm could potentially bring rain showers in some parts of the Southeast and affect mid-Atlantic coasts by Friday evening. Overnight, snow is expected to spread across much of the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic before it reaches “peak intensity somewhere near or off the New England coast as the weekend begins.”

The incoming nor’easter is expected to build strength fast as it moves up the East Coast and could possibly turn into a bomb cyclone, CNN reported. A bomb cyclone is a storm that intensifies rapidly, which results in a significant drop in atmospheric pressure.

The US Capitol dome during a snowstorm in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2022 The US Capitol dome during a snowstorm in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2022 Photo: AFP / Stefani Reynolds