Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in several Northeastern states were without power early Tuesday after a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in areas from central New York to the Maine-Canada border.
And while the region is expected to get a slight respite from Tuesday’s heavy snowfall, another storm system is forming in the southern region of the country that is forecast to move northeast later this week.
“A large-scale winter storm will move southward across the Plains Monday night and Tuesday, producing areas of heavy snow from eastern New Mexico to Oklahoma,” the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said. said on Twitter.
“The storm is expected to strengthen and track northeast from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes Tuesday night and Wednesday, producing a band of moderate to heavy snow from the Ozarks to the Great Lakes,” the agency added.
Parts of New England, especially parts of southern Maine, may experience light snow on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said on its website. Meanwhile, areas of the Northeast are expected to experience cold, dry air and windy conditions.
And those conditions persist as thousands of people in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are without power after wind and snow from the previous storm downed power lines.
“York County, Maine has been the hardest hit by today’s long-lived storm, as snow debris on trees and power lines from (last) Friday’s storm caused trees to fall and the roadblocks throughout the area,” Central Maine Power spokesman Jon Breed told CNN on Monday. .
As of early Tuesday morning, more than 30,000 homes and businesses were in the dark in Maine’s most southwestern York County, according to PowerOutage.us.
Snow already packed on trees from recent storms, along with high winds, is likely to exacerbate damage to the electrical system and cause additional outages, New England’s largest energy provider Eversource said in a statement on Monday about the status of power outages in New Hampshire.
“Our system has continued to sustain damage tonight, and we are actively assessing and removing damage, while also supporting public safety efforts,” Eversource spokesman William Hinkle told CNN Monday night.
Eversource is leveraging its regional resources, bringing in additional teams from its Connecticut and Massachusetts-based operations to support restoration efforts in New Hampshire, where more than 66,0000 homes and businesses also lost power Tuesday morning, according to PowerOutage. .us.
About 17 inches fell in parts of Maine and New Hampshire, while some areas in Vermont and New York saw around 14 inches of snow.
The next storm is expected to impact the country for several days starting Tuesday, when more than 15 million people are under threat from severe storms. High wind watches were also issued for more than 20 million people, as gusts could reach 55 mph.
There is an increased risk of severe storms (level 3 of 5) from southeast Texas to the western Florida Panhandle, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Mobile, Alabama. The main threats are damaging winds, large hail, and several tornadoes, some of which could be strong.
A slight risk of severe thunderstorms (level 2 of 5) surrounds the enhanced risk area and includes Houston, Beaumont, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana, which could also see tornadoes, damaging winds, and isolated large hail.
Meanwhile, there is also a marginal risk (level 1 of 5) for the mid-Texas coast, through southern Louisiana to Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle, including Corpus Christi, Texas, and Jackson, Mississippi.
On Wednesday, the severe storm threat will continue as it moves east.
A slight risk of severe storms has been issued for the region of southeastern Alabama and northern Florida and expands through Georgia and the Carolinas into Virginia and includes Jacksonville, Florida, north of Virginia Beach. That region is expected to see some tornadoes and damaging winds.