Posted March 12, 2018 10:18 p.m. EDT
A strengthening nor’easter will produce blizzard conditions in eastern New England on Tuesday, with heavy snow and gusty winds to the west. As 1 to 2 feet of snow accumulate in some areas, strong onshore winds will cause coastal flooding, beach erosion and power failures. Blowing and drifting snow is also in store inland, where the snow will be drier and more powdery. As the flow of cold air west of the storm increases, flurries and heavier snow squalls are expected to riddle the Great Lakes and the central Appalachians. The highly variable conditions may make travel on highways dangerous.
Chilly air moving into the Southeast will result in a freeze in some spots. Most areas from the Mississippi River to the Rockies and the deserts can expect a dry day, with high pressure in control. Much of the middle and lower Mississippi River will remain above flood stage, because of rain and melting snow from late February through early March.
A storm will move ashore along the Pacific coast. Areas from Central California to Washington can expect drenching rain and heavy mountain snow. The storm may produce flash flooding and mudslides, but it will also provide relief from drought.
Focus: Late Season Snowstorm in New England
Heavy snow and strong winds are expected to create blizzard conditions Tuesday across eastern New England. Over a foot of new snow may accumulate across the area, resulting in significant disruptions for road and air travel.