When it comes to winter weather, the Northeast just can’t seem to catch a break lately. Fresh on the heels of Winter Storm Riley, another powerful nor’easter is expected to hit the East Coast on Wednesday, March 7th. Known as Winter Storm Quinn, it will bring rain, sleet, and snow, and it’s going to affect the same areas that just got through Riley. Quinn is expected to bring more snow than the last storm, but the amount will vary depending on the region.
So how will Winter Storm Quinn affect Philadelphia?
Quinn won’t start to affect the Philadelphia area until late Tuesday night (March 6th), when a mix of rain and snow will start to fall and move into Wednesday, March 7th. According to the National Weather Service, the storm will affect “both the inbound and home-bound peak commuting periods on Wednesday.”
Things won’t get really bad until the afternoon, though. Weather.com says that, “In the Philadelphia metro area, rain will develop late Tuesday night and persist into Wednesday morning, then precipitation should change over to wet snow early-afternoon Wednesday. This will affect the Wednesday evening commute.” In other words, driving to work or school might be annoying, but driving home will be worse.
According to The Inquirer, a winter storm watch has been issued for the immediate Philadelphia area, with a prediction of six to 10 inches of snow expected.
However, keep in mind that this could change. Meteorologists have said that the most snow is going to fall in New England states like Vermont and Maine, and that areas of northern New Jersey and New York are going to see more snowfall than more southern areas.
Winds for this new nor’easter are going to only be in the 15-25 mph range, with guests of 35 mph. In normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But because of the damage Riley caused last week, areas that experienced coastal flooding and power outages are more vulnerable due to weakened trees.
Stay safe out there, everyone!