What to expect
For those traveling Sunday evening over southern and western areas, be prepared for slick conditions that will continue into the overnight hours. Eastern areas see road conditions deteriorate in the wee hours of Monday morning. The far north likely won't get in on the action until Monday morning. This will be a multi-day event for all but southern areas, but the bulk of the heavier precipitation occurs Monday.
Storm track still questionable
There is still some wiggle room as far as track goes, and the impacts of that could make precipitation amounts and type go higher or lower. A track closer to the coast brings more mixing of sleet and freezing rain into play. For now, the forecast I have generated contains that possibility for the immediate shorelines.
First call snow estimates
Eastern areas appear to be the jackpot location for the most snow from this event as the storm intensifies as it moves into the Canadian Maritimes. The ski hills will benefit from upslope snow shower activity that lingers into Tuesday. Storm track will dictate what happens to the shorelines. A track more to the southeast could cut down on coastal front possibilities, and increase snowfall amounts. Any prolonged mixing along the coast could also cut down snow totals. Stay tuned for further updates
Flying Trash Can Alert Tuesday
The storm rapidly intensifies Monday night into Tuesday. The result will be gusty northwest wind that could reach 30-40 mph. This could cause blowing and drifting snow for interior areas, trash and recycling containers to go for a ride, along with potential for power outages. As the storm moves east, wind gusts drop overnight Tuesday and during the day Wednesday, settling by Thursday morning. Expect wind chill indices below zero Tuesday night into Wednesday morning for the interior areas, and in the low positive single digits to near 0° for the coastal plain.
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Outlook through Thursday
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