Coastal storm will bring days of gloomy weather along northeast beaches
After leaving behind a deadly path of destruction from Florida to North Carolina, Ian finally met his demise in the mid-Atlantic late Saturday as he contributed to a rough and miserable start to October. Now AccuWeather meteorologists are tracking a new non-tropical storm off the east coast of the United States, fueled in part by Ian, which they predict will bring days of crashing waves, coastal flooding and sweeping rain. by the wind from Virginia to Long Island.
This latest storm, made up of leftover chunks of energy from Ian, will have a three-pronged effect, forecasters say. In addition to raising winds to near-damaging levels in some communities, the storm will also increase precipitation along the coast and prolong above-normal tides and their effects.
The magnitude of the storm’s impacts was highlighted by the wide range of weather advisories that were in effect Sunday noon from the southwestern corner of Connecticut to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The alerts ranged from coastal flood warnings to small craft advisories and high wind warnings.
“A prolonged stretch of strong, gusty east to northeast winds will hit many beaches along the northeast and mid-Atlantic coasts mid-week thanks to the offshore non-tropical storm,” the meteorologist said. AccuWeather Principal Dan Pydynowski.
An area of high pressure to the north will combine forces with the coastal storm, helping to channel high winds and push more water into beach communities.
“This can lead to beach erosion and coastal flooding at times of high tide. There is good news during this time as the phase of the moon is such that it will not make flooding any worse. by the tides,” Pydynowski said.
Coastal and bay communities, as well as inland tidal waterways, can experience widespread street flooding, with roads becoming impassable following flooding of 1 to 3 feet above water level. of the ground. Properties in the middle of these low areas may experience water damage as a result of flooding.
“Areas prone to picking up water during the winter, such as Wildwood, New Jersey and Norfolk, Virginia, will likely experience similar conditions during the first half of this week,” said AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist. , Alex Sosnowski.
The farther north along the coast, such as in eastern Massachusetts, the less chance there is of coastal flooding and beach erosion, as this region will be farther from the storm’s strongest winds. . However, there can still be dangerous surf conditions affecting these beaches.
AccuWeather meteorologists expect winds of 40 to 60 mph along the immediate New Jersey shore to the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Tidewater areas. These gusty conditions can bring down trees and power lines and leave some communities without power.
Locations that receive heavy rain during the stormy period may be at greater risk for some extent of wind damage. Trees sitting in saturated soil have an even higher likelihood of toppling over even in moderate gusts of wind.
The high pressure area that will contribute to even stronger winds along the coast will also help limit rainfall generally south of Interstate 80 and east of I-81 Monday and Tuesday, as the drier air moves into interior areas. Rain extended as far west as the upper Ohio Valley and central Appalachia over the weekend.
Factoring in rain and wind, AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures can dip into the 40s and even the 30s, likely reminding locals that Old Man Winter isn’t that far away, according to Sosnowski.
An advancing cold front, one of the strongest of the season so far, is expected to finally push the coastal storm out to sea Wednesday through Thursday. Forecasters say this surge of cold air could bring the first snowfall of the season to parts of northern New England.