- Atlantic storm prompts watches in Boston for snow on Monday
- Arctic front to only skirt New Hampshire ahead of primary
Two storms developing across the Eastern U.S will skirt New Hampshire in advance of Tuesday’s first presidential primary, while socking an area from Boston to Washington with snow.
The first, a low-pressure system moving up the Atlantic coast, could bring as much as 7 inches (18 cm) of snow to Boston and 2 to 3 inches across southern New Hampshire early Monday into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The second, an Arctic front moving through the Ohio Valley, will arrive in the Mid-Atlantic, including Washington and Philadelphia, later on Monday, bringing 2 to 4 inches.
New York could get 2 inches as well.
“We don’t see a large snowstorm coming together, but we are expecting accumulating snow at times this week,” said Patrick Burke of the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. “It is February, and we do have the ingredients there for snowfall.”
While the snow may make commutes slick from Washington to Boston, most of New Hampshire could be missed by the storms as voters head to the polls there. For Boston, this will be its second round of snow since Friday, when another system brought a heavy wet snow to the region that snapped branches and caused power outages.
Two people, including a 6-year-old girl, were killed in Canton, Massachusetts, by falling branches, according to WBZ-TV, Boston’s CBS affiliate.
A winter storm watch is in place in Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts for the storm, which will also bring snow to eastern Long Island.
“This is more due to the cold air being in place and just enough moisture to produce some accumulation, it is not a classic nor’easter kind of track. You do not expect this to grow too far out of control,” Burke said.
As the Atlantic system moves away from New England, the second will sweep out of the Ohio Valley with its heaviest impacts occurring in areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia that are away from major cities.
Burke said that while the front arriving over land will be dry, it is powerful and that can nudge snow amounts up.