Several weather models agree that a nor'easter is poised to take aim at the already battered East Coast. This storm is expected to quickly organize off the Georgia and South Carolina Coasts late Tuesday evening and follow the jet stream north. It will hug the coast line Wednesday through Thursday before losing organization on Friday. This system is expected to affect areas between the North Carolina Outer Banks all the way up to the Maine coastline.
As you've probably already heard - this storm will not be as strong as Hurricane Sandy. However, this system will pack a powerful punch. It will be capable of heavy coastal rainfall between 2-3" along with heavy wet snowfall in the higher elevations of the Poconos and Catskills. Also it will produce winds between 50-70 mph. Keep in mind that one of the thresholds for a category 1 hurricane is wind of 74 mph or more. So, in some spots this will feel like a hurricane at times.
Normally a system like this wouldn't be so alarming but after Sandy the East Coast is vulnerable. Over one million people along the East Coast are still without power and more power outages can be expected with this next storm. This will make a tough situation even tougher for peole without a home. It breaks my heart to see so many people going through such a difficult set of circumstances.
It also makes me feel guilty to report good weather news since most of the East Coast is in such bad shape but here it goes:
Southern Idaho will see great today and tomorrow. We can expect sunny skies with highs in the 60s and 70s. Get out there and enjoy the sunshine.. and while you're out and about be sure to vote tomorrow!
Meteorologist, Nick Kosir