The Mighty Quinn: This week's winter storm will bring mostly all snow


The only people who might be happy are skiers and ski resorts looking to extend their season.

A mix of rain and snow is expected to begin falling Wednesday morning across much of MA, with mostly rain in New Bedford and the immediate coast, according to the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service in Taunton.

Data on Wednesday's nor'easter has been streaming in through the morning, with the American computer guidance continuing to show a period of strong winds and heavy rain/snow during Wednesday Afternoon and evening.

Records dating back to 1893 for Sussex Borough say the average precipitation is 3.65 inches for the period of February 1 through March 6.

"Plan on hard travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Wednesday", Upton-based NWS forecasters said in a statement. "New Yorkers should take mass transit if possible and allow for extra time". The weather service has issued a winter storm watch for Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties from Wednesday afternoon to Friday night.

Calm and cool conditions will be the characteristics of Wednesday and Thursday.

While power was restored to most residents within 12 to 24 hours of the storm, according to the National Grid online power outage map, there are still some rural areas where power has just been restored and some isolated areas which remain without power. Damages from the storm may exceed more than $1 billion in insured losses, according to Jonathan Adams and Derek Han, Bloomberg Intelligence analysts. The strongest gusts from Quinn are expected near and just inland along the immediate coastline from the Jersey Shore to coastal New England. That is likely to exacerbate power outages and delay flights.

"We saw that last week", said Dombek. Locally minor coastal flooding is possible, mainly along the northern and central parts of the New Jersey coast. Parts of the state were especially at risk because nor'easter-driven wind last week left trees and utility poles vulnerable. All those counties remain under states of emergency.

Unlike the previous storm, meteorologists expect far more snow between Wednesday and Thursday as temperatures are lower in impacted cities, including Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Albany, Portland and Boston. The heavier snows will also extend west into Berks, Schuylkill, and eastern sections of Lancaster and Lebanon counties where at least six inches of snow is likely.

With the region still dealing with the fallout of Friday's "bomb" cyclone, meteorologists warn that a unsafe sequel is brewing for Wednesday, with up to 10 inches of wet, weighty snow, wind gusts to 40 miles per hour and fresh rounds of power outages.