Near the center of our developing nor’easter, we’ve been seeing a lot of lightning on our lightning tracker. In fact, some thunder snow is being detected over New Jersey. This is as a result of an upper-level disturbance approaching, providing some extra ‘lift’ in the atmosphere.
Also near the center of the storm, notice a large eye-like feature off the coast of New Jersey. This is not a hurricane, but it is a strong nor’easter which will bring 40-50mph gusts to Rhode Island and heavy wet snow.
Could we get some lightning here in Southern New England? Yes. One of the computer models we look at shows the possibility late this afternoon/early evening, especially with some of the more intense snow that arrives. Snowfall rates of 1-2″ per hour are possible this afternoon/evening.
-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo