What to Know
- A fourth nor'easter may hammer the tri-state early next week, impacting the area at some point Tuesday and lingering through early Thursday
- The first three nor'easters cut power to hundreds of thousands of people and wreaked havoc on the region's transit systems
- Storm Team 4 says the active weather pattern is expected to continue through remainder of March, meaning more serious storms are possible
Storm Team 4 is closely monitoring the development of another possible nor’easter – the fourth in about 18 days – that could slam the tri-state with rain, snow and strong winds on the first day of spring.
The storm could impact the tri-state area some point Tuesday night and linger around through early Thursday, meaning a more drawn-out system than previously thought, Storm Team 4 says. The exact timing, phasing, track and intensity of this nor'easter remain highly variable right now, but more clarity should come this weekend as the system develops.
It’s too early to predict the amount of rain and snow the storm could bring, and Storm Team 4 says it’s not yet clear if most of the tri-state would see rain, snow or a mix of the two. At this point, Storm Team 4 says it appears a combination of rain, snow and gusty winds will affect the region. The development of the storm and its exact track will determine location-specific impacts.
Temperatures are expected to remain below average through mid-week, Storm Team 4 says, but by the end of the next workweek, highs could hit the upper 40s.
The potential fourth significant winter storm comes on the heels of a trio of deadly nor’easters that ravaged parts of the tri-state this month, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people and crippling East Coast travel.
Storm Team 4 says the active weather pattern is expected to continue for the remainder of March, meaning even more serious storms are possible.
The first nor’easter in the series, on March 2, canceled thousands of flights and wreaked havoc on the region’s commuter rail systems, including Amtrak, which shut down its popular Northeast Corridor. It hit New Jersey and the Hudson Valley hardest, with Sussex County seeing more than 13 inches of snow and parts of Orange County getting more than 9 inches.
The second, on March 7, knocked power out for hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey and the Hudson Valley. Rockland and Orange counties recorded more than 20 inches and Passaic and Essex counties saw more than 20 inches.
The third, on March 12, grazed most of the tri-state but hammered Long Island and Connecticut with snow. Southampton got more than 18 inches and Newtown recorded 11 inches.
At least three people in the tri-state were killed in the nor’easters: an 11-year-old Hudson Valley boy was hit by a tree during the first; an 88-year-old woman was hit by a tree outside her Hudson Valley home during the second; and an unidentified New Jersey driver was electrocuted when he drove onto a live wire.
The rest of this week will be breezy and chilly but mostly quiet, Storm Team 4 says. St. Patrick’s Day weekend is expected to be warmer and sunnier, with highs reaching the high 40s on Sunday as runners compete in the New York City Half Marathon.