Sandy to bring lots of wind, rain and snow too!
All eyes are on Sandy! The storm is currently located about 300 miles due south of Cape Hatteras North Carolina and is maintaining hurricane force maximum sustained winds as it moves to the northeast at about 14 mph.
The storm is expected to parallel the coast over the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, a strong upper level low pressure system and accompanied jet stream winds are approaching from the west.
These two systems are expected to phase together over the next couple of days producing a behemoth of a storm for parts of the Eastern US.
The National Hurricane Center's forecast track (red line) takes the storm to the northeast through late tomorrow before it is expected to make a left hand turn into the Mid Atlantic some late on Monday.
Rainfall could be excessive in some areas with locally 7 to 10 inches possible for portions of Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Although the rain could cause some flooding, the greater flooding concern revolves around the storm surge and the threat for coastal flooding as the storm comes on shore.
Here is a look at projected winds across the Mid Atlantic and Northeast come late on Monday. Notice the huge swatch of 60+ mph winds Portland Maine through New York City.
This giant windfield will combine with a healthy storm surge to put many areas at risk for coastal flooding, especially to the north of where the storm comes on shore. The storm surge could reach 8 feet or more with 10 to 20 foot waves on top of it!
Here closer to home, the winds won't be quite as intense as what they are expecting along Eastern Seaboard, but some strong gusts will be possible for parts of our region. In fact, our AdvanceTrak is picking up on gusts over 30 mph for Louisville Tuesday afternon.
Columbus and Detroit could see winds top 50 mph!!!
The northerly wind in our area will reinforce the cold air that is already in place. In fact, a few flakes of snow will be possible a short distance to our east into the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.
Further east, into the Appalachians, some very heavy wet snowfall is expected.
In fact, locally two to three feet of snow will be possible in the higher elevations of West Virginia!
Meteorologist Jeremy Kappell