WASHINGTON DC — How’s this for March madness: The fourth nor’easter in less than three weeks is expected to bury parts of the East Coast in up to a foot of snow beginning Tuesday — the first day of spring.
About 74 million people were under winter storm watches and warnings from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee through Maine, forecasters warned.
Snow will fall Tuesday in parts of the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic, blast the New York area through Wednesday, and barrel into Boston by that afternoon.
For the major cities along the I-95 corridor, forecasters said Washington could get slammed with 4 to 6 inches of snow, Baltimore with 6 to 8 inches, Philadelphia with 8 to 12 inches, New York with 5 to 9 inches, and Boston with 4 to 8 inches.
The spring storm comes as an area from Wilmington, North Carolina, to Florida braces for heavy thunderstorms, damaging winds and possible tornadoes.
Severe winds, including at least one tornado, pummeled northern and eastern Alabama on Monday. Fire officials in Jacksonville, northeast of Birmingham, said that numerous homes had sustained significant damage and that fire crews were working to clear roads to get to anyone who may have been trapped in the wreckage.
Energy from the Southeast storm is “going to be used to crank up our next nor’easter,” Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore tweeted.
The pending nor’easter is also likely to be accompanied by sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts of 30 to 60 mph in some coastal areas, making for a blustery and chilly Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.
Source: NBC News