Third Snowstorm in a Week Headed For New England (FORECAST)

February 13, 2017

New England could see its third snowstorm in about a week's time Tuesday night into Thursday, piling onto the feet of snow that have already fallen in some areas.

(MORE: Winter Storm Central)

A southward dip in the jet stream combined with a disturbance from the Southeast will help to trigger the development of low pressure off the Northeast coast by later Wednesday.

A southward dip in the jet stream will sweep across the East, helping to induce low pressure development off the coast.

For the moment, it appears those two systems will combine too late for a major, widespread snowstorm across the Northeast, since low pressure is expected to form well offshore. But some areas in northern New England, namely Maine, will not get off the hook so easily with the potential for another foot of snow midweek.

A massive snow drift in Dennysville, Maine, Feb. 13, 2017. (Instagram/Tide Mill Organic Farm)

Winter Storms Niko and Orson have already brought more than 30 inches of snow to Maine since last Thursday. Robbinston, Maine, located near the Canadian border, has seen nearly 40 inches of snow in that time.

(STORM RECAPS: Niko | Orson)

Here's a look at the timing and forecast snowfall for the next snowstorm set to hit the region.

Forecast Timing

Tuesday Night-Wednesday

  • Light to moderate snow will sweep from the northern Great Lakes into upstate New York and New England.
  • Heavier snow may develop in Maine late, as low pressure pivots off the coast with a trough of surface low pressure extending westward into the state.
  • Parts of southern New England, including Boston, are expected to see mixed precipitation or rain, at this time. Areas west and north of Boston have the greatest likelihood of seeing snow or a wintry mix.
  • Forecast: Albany, New York | Boston | Portland, Maine


Wednesday's Forecast

Wednesday Night-Thursday

  • The heaviest snow may affect parts of Maine along with New Hampshire. Gusty winds will also develop.
  • Western New York and western Pennsylvania into the mountains of West Virginia will also see additional light snowfall, including some lake effect.
  • Forecast: Bangor, Maine | Concord, New Hampshire


Thursday's Forecast

How Much Snow?

  • The best chance of 6 inches or more of snowfall will be from New York's Adirondack mountains into parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and, especially, Maine.
  • Another foot or more of snow is not out of the question in Maine.

(MORE: Interactive Snow Forecast Map)

There is still some uncertainty with the evolution of this system and its exact impacts, so check back for updates.


Snowfall Outlook Through Thursday

PHOTOS: Winter Storm Orson (Feb. 12-13, 2017)


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