March Storms Predicted As Weather Pattern Holds Steady

A couple more significant storms are likely to affect the northeastern United States into the middle of March.

The weather pattern that helped to deliver the bomb cyclone, nicknamed windmageddon due to widespread damage and power outages, on Friday, March 2, will weaken slightly but not go away in the short term.

The storm’s proximity to the coast could cause a band of snow to brush eastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and Boston, on Sunday night. Motorists may face slick patches on roads Monday morning.

This pattern, known as a block, causes the routine west to east movement of storms to slow down. This slower speed allows the storms to strengthen in certain situations.

Even though temperatures may peak close to average most days during the next couple of weeks, temperatures may hover near the freezing mark (32 degrees Fahrenheit) during part of the storm to deliver some snow. The average high in New York City during early March is in the middle 40s.

“Even though a storm will peak with heavy snow and blizzard conditions over the northern Plains on Sunday and Monday, expect that storm to turn eastward and bring some snow to the Northeast spanning March 6-7,” according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.

The storm during the middle of next week may regain moisture and strength as it nears the Atlantic coast,” Pastelok said.

Another storm may bear watching a few days later, or around March 11-12.

The track and strength of that storm prior to the middle of the month will determine whether snow may be restricted to inland areas and the mountains as opposed to the coast.

Both storms may cause some issues with heavy rain, gusty winds and perhaps coastal flooding, along with the potential for more snow.

Some coastal communities that sustained significant damage may be vulnerable to additional storms in the coming weeks.

The same pattern bringing more storms to the Northeast will send routine bursts of cool air into the Southeast states, including Florida.

Florida is not likely to have a record warm March in the wake of the record warmth from February. At least the first half of March is likely to bring more cool days than warm day, relative to average.

News Reporter