Potential Winter Storm Later Next Week

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By Quincy Vagell on December 21, 2012, 2:05pm Last modified: December 21, 2012, 2:10pm

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The latest data continues to indicate the potential for a significant storm along the East Coast, sometime around next Wednesday or Thursday. Depending on the exact track, we could see snow, a wintry mix or even plain rain.

The computer model guidance may be coming into better agreement with this storm. Previously, the Euro had been keeping the storm inland, while the GFS was trending more towards the coast. As things stand right now, both the 12z Euro and GFS showed a storm track along the coast, meaning that we could see mostly frozen precipitation.
A strong shortwave is expected to dive into the Mississippi Valley late on Christmas Day. This results in a low pressure system developing and moving into the mid-Atlantic region. A few things could happen beyond here. The storm could either ride up the Appalachians, or a secondary could form along the coast and help push this storm further east. The models have been showing this double-barreled low situation, but which track will win out?

There is a lot of time to track the models, so nothing is set in stone. With that said, this storm could be significant and will likely give some places across the northeastern United States heavy snowfall. This is assuming that the storm does develop and doesn't go out to sea.

Stay tuned to WXedge.com for more discussions and forecasts for this potential storm.

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Quincy Vagell

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