New York: The first nor'easter of the season, named Winter Storm Gail by The Weather Channel, is likely to bring heavy snow, strong winds and some coastal flooding to parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US beginning Wednesday.
A significant winter storm impacts are not only possible in the interior parts of Northeast, but also along the parts of the Interstate 95 corridor from Boston to New York and Philadelphia.
The upper-level of the energy that will eventually reach the East Coast storm is located in the Rockies right now, where it will spread generally light snowfall through the Rockies then into parts of the Plains through Tuesday.
When the energy reaches the Eastern states on Wednesday, it will gradually intensify an area of low pressure near or off the East Coast. Meanwhile, strong high pressure in eastern Canada is expected to supply fresh, cold air into the Northeast.
With these factors blending in together, it will create an impactful Northeast Winter storms in the last couple of years.
The National Weather Service has posted winter storm watches ahead of this storm over much of the Northeast from the central Appalachians to New England, including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and areas west and north of Washington, D.C.
Some light snow is expected during Tuesday and Tuesday Night from Central and Southern Plains into the Ozarks and Ohio Valley. This will be the second round of accumulating snow in three days in Oklahoma City and other parts of the Southern Plains.
Wednesday and Wednesday Night is the time when most areas will receive most snowfall from the East Coast storm.
A mix of sleet and freezing rain could affect the far south as the western Piedmont of North Carolina and Western Virginia, which may gradually change to rain by afternoon from South to North.