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A Strong Nor’easter has been upgraded to a Winter Storm at the Jersey Shore

A strong nor’easter that’s been upgraded to a “winter storm” is forecast to wallop the already battered Shore and the Philadelphia region starting this afternoon into evening, bringing 50 m.p.h. winds and up to four inches of snow.

Cape May NJ Winter Storm predicted for November 7 -8

The timing isn’t good, with parts of New Jersey and New York still working to recover from the high winds and record storm surges of Hurricane Sandy, which struck Oct. 29. More than 300,000 homes and businesses were still without power this morning from New Jersey’s Ocean County to densely populated North Jersey.

The Shore will likely see rain, with snow falling inland along the I-95 corridor, according to Jim Hayes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.

“The barrier islands will get rain and winds of 60 m.p.h.,” Hayes said. “So any recovery effort will be hampered by the fact that they are going to get really strong winds in southern Ocean, Atlantic and into Cape May Counties. They could see an inch or two of rain, but it won’t be that big of a problem.”

Hayes explained that the nor’easter will not create tidal surges anywhere near the ones created by Sandy.

“This is an intense nor’easter – don’t get me wrong,” he added. “… We will see additional erosion. Anything made vulnerable by Sandy will be left open today.”

The storm shouldn’t “be anywhere near the magnitude of Sandy … but we’re taking it seriously,” said Bill Gee, of the Ocean County Emergency Management Office, and a deputy fire marshall. It’s likely, he said, that no one will be allowed to enter the barrier islands, such as Long Beach Island, which were devastated by Sandy. Towns were being evacuated in low-lying areas. And officials are watching Mantoloking where the ocean flowed into the bay and washed out the main bridge connecting to the mainland.

Protective dunes were also wiped out in many areas, and workers have been busy erecting berms up and down the shoreline. The new storm should only be impacted by one high tide, and not multiple high tides as with Sandy, Gee said.

As of early this morning, the nor’easter was in North Carolina and making its way up the coast. It was forecast to strike New Jersey this afternoon and into the evening. Rain will fall this morning, but the storm will drag in colder air, dropping temperatures to just above freezing by early evening.

Snow is expected to then start to fall. However, on a positive note, the ground is still warm because it’s early November. So snow should not lay for long on roads. Rather, it will likely accumulate on grass and cars. Hayes said it’s tricky to call how much snow will fall, but he believes it will be about three to four inches in the Philadelphia-South Jersey area.

The storm will linger into Thursday before moving onto New England.

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Frank Kummer, Breaking News Desk
POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 6:18 AM

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A Strong Nor’easter has been upgraded to a Winter Storm at the Jersey Shore

A strong nor’easter that’s been upgraded to a “winter storm” is forecast to wallop the already battered Shore and the Philadelphia region starting this afternoon into evening, bringing 50 m.p.h. winds and up to four inches of snow.

Cape May NJ Winter Storm predicted for November 7 -8

The timing isn’t good, with parts of New Jersey and New York still working to recover from the high winds and record storm surges of Hurricane Sandy, which struck Oct. 29. More than 300,000 homes and businesses were still without power this morning from New Jersey’s Ocean County to densely populated North Jersey.

The Shore will likely see rain, with snow falling inland along the I-95 corridor, according to Jim Hayes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.

“The barrier islands will get rain and winds of 60 m.p.h.,” Hayes said. “So any recovery effort will be hampered by the fact that they are going to get really strong winds in southern Ocean, Atlantic and into Cape May Counties. They could see an inch or two of rain, but it won’t be that big of a problem.”

Hayes explained that the nor’easter will not create tidal surges anywhere near the ones created by Sandy.

“This is an intense nor’easter – don’t get me wrong,” he added. “… We will see additional erosion. Anything made vulnerable by Sandy will be left open today.”

The storm shouldn’t “be anywhere near the magnitude of Sandy … but we’re taking it seriously,” said Bill Gee, of the Ocean County Emergency Management Office, and a deputy fire marshall. It’s likely, he said, that no one will be allowed to enter the barrier islands, such as Long Beach Island, which were devastated by Sandy. Towns were being evacuated in low-lying areas. And officials are watching Mantoloking where the ocean flowed into the bay and washed out the main bridge connecting to the mainland.

Protective dunes were also wiped out in many areas, and workers have been busy erecting berms up and down the shoreline. The new storm should only be impacted by one high tide, and not multiple high tides as with Sandy, Gee said.

As of early this morning, the nor’easter was in North Carolina and making its way up the coast. It was forecast to strike New Jersey this afternoon and into the evening. Rain will fall this morning, but the storm will drag in colder air, dropping temperatures to just above freezing by early evening.

Snow is expected to then start to fall. However, on a positive note, the ground is still warm because it’s early November. So snow should not lay for long on roads. Rather, it will likely accumulate on grass and cars. Hayes said it’s tricky to call how much snow will fall, but he believes it will be about three to four inches in the Philadelphia-South Jersey area.

The storm will linger into Thursday before moving onto New England.

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Frank Kummer, Breaking News Desk
POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 6:18 AM

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New Storm May Drop Cold Rain on Battered Northeast Next Week

New Storm May Drop Cold Rain on Battered Northeast Next Week

By Brian K. Sullivan on November 02, 2012

A cold rain will probably sweep next week over coastal areas of the U.S. Northeast devastated by Hurricane Sandy, including New York and New Jersey.

Colde Rain Predicted Next Week in the Northeast

A cold front moving onto the U.S. Pacific coast now is expected to travel across the country and develop into a nor’easter off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It may bring rain and possibly snow to the U.S. Northeast by Nov. 7-8, said Rob Carolan, a meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire.

While the storm won’t be nearly as powerful as Sandy, it will “add insult to injury,” Carolan said by telephone.

“If it develops, it will be the first significant non- tropical storm of the season,” Carolan said. “Anyone inside a house without power isn’t going to be too happy that it is 40 degrees and raining outside.”

Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to as many as 8.5 million homes and businesses on the East Coast, including about half of New Jersey. About 4.8 million customers remained without power yesterday, from South Carolina to Maine and as far west as Michigan.

Lower Temperatures
The new storm may help keep normal average temperatures along the East Coast about 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 to 2.8 Celsius) below normal from Nov. 7-11, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. Colder-than-normal weather spurs energy use and may drive up natural gas and heating oil prices.

Average temperatures in the mid-Atlantic states, including New Jersey, will be about 8 degrees below normal from today until Nov. 6 and about 5 degrees lower in New York and New England, Rogers said.

The Northeast may then get 3 to 5 degrees warmer from Nov. 12-16 Rogers said.

Carolan said a computer model by the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting showed the storm in its forecasts yesterday and now the Global Forecast System of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has started to agree a system will develop.

Model Differences
Forecasters refer to these two models as the “European” and the “American,” Carolan said. The European was the first to predict Sandy would grow into a superstorm and rake the U.S. East Coast.

Carolan said the European model often detects systems first because Europe is more vulnerable to longer-developing storms that grow in the Atlantic before striking that continent. The U.S., on the other hand, is hit with faster-developing systems, so its models are more focused on shorter-range results.

The storm, if it develops, may bring snow to interior portions of New England, northwestern New Jersey and through the Poconos in Pennsylvania, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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New Storm May Drop Cold Rain on Battered Northeast Next Week

New Storm May Drop Cold Rain on Battered Northeast Next Week

By Brian K. Sullivan on November 02, 2012

A cold rain will probably sweep next week over coastal areas of the U.S. Northeast devastated by Hurricane Sandy, including New York and New Jersey.

Colde Rain Predicted Next Week in the Northeast

A cold front moving onto the U.S. Pacific coast now is expected to travel across the country and develop into a nor’easter off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It may bring rain and possibly snow to the U.S. Northeast by Nov. 7-8, said Rob Carolan, a meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire.

While the storm won’t be nearly as powerful as Sandy, it will “add insult to injury,” Carolan said by telephone.

“If it develops, it will be the first significant non- tropical storm of the season,” Carolan said. “Anyone inside a house without power isn’t going to be too happy that it is 40 degrees and raining outside.”

Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to as many as 8.5 million homes and businesses on the East Coast, including about half of New Jersey. About 4.8 million customers remained without power yesterday, from South Carolina to Maine and as far west as Michigan.

Lower Temperatures
The new storm may help keep normal average temperatures along the East Coast about 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 to 2.8 Celsius) below normal from Nov. 7-11, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. Colder-than-normal weather spurs energy use and may drive up natural gas and heating oil prices.

Average temperatures in the mid-Atlantic states, including New Jersey, will be about 8 degrees below normal from today until Nov. 6 and about 5 degrees lower in New York and New England, Rogers said.

The Northeast may then get 3 to 5 degrees warmer from Nov. 12-16 Rogers said.

Carolan said a computer model by the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting showed the storm in its forecasts yesterday and now the Global Forecast System of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has started to agree a system will develop.

Model Differences
Forecasters refer to these two models as the “European” and the “American,” Carolan said. The European was the first to predict Sandy would grow into a superstorm and rake the U.S. East Coast.

Carolan said the European model often detects systems first because Europe is more vulnerable to longer-developing storms that grow in the Atlantic before striking that continent. The U.S., on the other hand, is hit with faster-developing systems, so its models are more focused on shorter-range results.

The storm, if it develops, may bring snow to interior portions of New England, northwestern New Jersey and through the Poconos in Pennsylvania, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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