The third nor’easter in 10 days is expected to blast parts of the Northeast with snow, ice and heavy winds overnight Monday — threatening a fresh round of power outages and treacherous travel conditions.
The latest system — affecting about 49 million people from Tennessee through Maine — dumped from 2 to 4 inches of snow across southern Illinois and Kentucky, and as much as 11 inches in the Lexington metropolitan area, forecasters said.
But the worst is yet to come.
“This is going to bring what could be blizzard conditions to parts of New England by Tuesday,” Weather Channel meteorologist Danielle Banks warned.
The last time there was a quick succession of nor’easters was also when three formed over 10 days in late January and February 2015, according to National Weather Service forecaster David Roth.
With this storm, snowfall rates are expected of 1 to 3 inches per hour with 55-mph gusts or more.
Winter storm warnings are in place across parts of western Virginia and North Carolina, where 3 to 5 inches of snow are expected to accumulate Monday, with up to 8 inches possible in some isolated areas.
The system will also bring rains through parts of the mid-Atlantic through Monday.
As the storm barrels up the East Coast, New York and Philadelphia could get a couple inches of snow through Tuesday, although the rest of upstate New York, eastern Long Island and New England could see varying amounts of at least 6 inches, according to The Weather Channel.
By the evening commute, the snow could stretch from New Jersey up through New England.
Boston could see up to a foot of snow and Cape Cod could be hammered with even more, while southern Maine could get 18 inches by Wednesday, forecasters said.
Meanwhile, strong winds have the potential to wreak havoc again in New England, bringing down already weathered trees and power lines. Coastal towns in Massachusetts are also recovering from devastating flooding this month.
Last Wednesday’s nor’easter dropped as much as 2 feet of snow in some parts and cut electricity to more than 1 million people. At least two deaths were attributed to the storm.
Under 10,000 utility customers remained without power Monday morning, mainly in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
Officials and residents have complained about the slow restoration, with Westchester County Executive George Latimer last week calling for the heads of New York electric and gas companies to resign. A spokesman for Con Edison in New York said it was taking so long because the two earlier nor’easters were “extremely severe.”