Anybody who lives along the eastern seaboard has heard the term Nor'easter before. These are powerful storms that typically form in fall, winter, and early spring. They get their name from the persistent northeasterly winds that they bring. The impacts of a Nor'easter can include torrential rain, hurricane force winds, and coastal flooding. If the temperatures are cold enough, there can be crippling amounts of snow. Nor'easters can shut down portions of the east coast for days on end and bring travel to a halt. I still have vivid memories of a Nor'easter that struck eastern North Carolina in 1991 and caused tremendous damage. The winds were so fierce that a large boat was blown into one of the bridges, which cut off travel to a portion of the Outer Banks for days.
Here's the setup for the potential late week Nor'easter. An upper level piece of energy will come diving out of the northern tier of the country and this will bring a period of scattered showers to central Virginia late Wednesday night and into Thursday. This upper level disturbance will help to create a surface low over the relatively warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This low will strengthen and bring windy, wet weather to New England by Friday. As the area of low pressure intensifies, expect our winds to pick up by Friday afternoon here in central Virginia. Wind gusts could top 25 mph late in the day and the winds will stay gusty into Saturday. Overall, the impacts for us will be minimal, but for our neighbors to the north it could be a different story. In fact, some snow will likely fall across interior portions of the northeast in places like the Green and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. A sign that winter isn't far away!
If you have any questions on Nor'easters, feel free to post them here and I'll follow up with an answer!