A storm system could be coming together that could produce a powerful nor’easter this weekend, forecasters were beginning to say.
Though no watches, warnings or advisories have been posted yet, the National Weather Service is predicting rain to move in during the overnight hours between Thursday and Friday, with foul weather remaining in place until Saturday night.
An AccuWeather meteorologist, Alex Sosnowski, wrote yesterday that the storm will develop due to a confluence of factors, including a typhoon which passed by Japan and entered the Gulf of Alaska over the weekend. As that entire weather system moves east, the jet stream will dip, Sosnowski predicted, and a storm will race toward the Carolinas and develop offshore, ultimately moving north.
“The storm will strengthen significantly as it travels northward on Saturday night and Sunday and may even curl northwestward over the interior of New England,” AccuWeather meteorologist Rayno said. “The storm is likely to evolve into a potent nor’easter and produce a zone of heavy rain, strong winds and building seas.”
There is a chance, however, that the heaviest rains will remain north of the Shore area, affecting New York City and areas above it worse than Ocean County.
While the storm may not produce any sort of major rainfall or flooding beyond a typical fall coastal system, temperatures will be dropping to a more seasonal feel – either good news or bad news depending on one’s personal taste. According to the NWS, after two days in the mid-60s on Friday and Saturday, breezy conditions will barely allow the mercury to rise out of the 50s on Sunday, with a high of just 61 degrees. Overnight lows will be in the high 40s over the weekend and could reach down into the 30s by the time the system exits next Sunday night and clear skies return.