Atlantic Storm to Brush New England, Aim at CanadaSystem now crossing the Atlantic may become the next named storm, Jerry
This satellite image shows the storm heading towards the East Coast. (NOAA)
A storm forecast to develop over the western Atlantic Ocean this weekend is likely to remain weak and stay mainly east of the United States, but will brush New England and impact Bermuda, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Effects from the storm on the U.S. will be minimal. With a weaker storm tracking farther east, the overall weather will remain dry for most areas from South Carolina to northern Maine.
There is a chance of spotty showers from the coastal areas of the Carolinas, to perhaps as far north as the Delmarva Peninsula this weekend. Rain could roll in from the east across Long Island and eastern and central New England Sunday night into Monday. The same is possible over Downeast Maine Monday into Tuesday.
Breezy conditions are likely along the Carolina coast this weekend and during Sunday and Monday farther north over Delmarva. Early morning fog can be a problem away from the coast through Monday.
The storm is forecast to bring building surf, rough seas and locally gusty showers and thunderstorms to Bermuda this weekend.
It could impact Atlantic Canada from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland later Monday into Tuesday with the effects of a moderate nor'easter with rough seas and the chance of windswept rain.
The weather could get a little nasty around Providence, R.I., and Boston for a time Monday.
The most significant impact from a U.S. standpoint will be locally rough surf and offshore seas Sunday into Monday. However, because of the farther east and weaker storm track, problems related to this will be minor. Most larger, ocean-worthy vessels will have no issues negotiating the conditions. Small craft should exercise caution when venturing away from coastal waters as the storm begins its northward run offshore.
It is not out of the question that the storm may attain the next name on the Atlantic list, which is Jerry.
According to Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "There is a chance the storm takes on some tropical characteristics before reaching Atlantic Canada waters, but disruptive winds and colder water farther north would limit the intensity and deter rapid strengthening of the system."
With a zone of high pressure hanging around the interior mid-Atlantic and New England, the long nights, light winds and clear skies will favor the formation of early morning fog. Patchy fog will favor, but may not be limited to the interior river valleys. Allow extra travel time as a buffer if you will be heading out during the early morning hours.PHOTOS ON SKYE: 50 Must-See Weather Photos