Just as many area communities are picking up the remnants of Hurricane Sandy, another less intense storm is likely headed to the region late next week.
Chris Kimble of the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said this next storm will be similar to a northeaster making its way from southeastern points to the New England region.
Kimble said while it’s still too early to tell how much precipitation the storm will bring, rain and snow are on the menu.
Accuweather.com has issued a report on this anticipated event describing the storm as one more typical for the month of November.
“If the storm develops quickly right along the coast, rain would break out and spread northward over the mid-Atlantic and New England,” the report reads. “A slower developing storm would tend to swing out over the ocean and dodge much of the mid-Atlantic but could still reach part of New England.”
Though the two agencies don’t dispute the possibility of the storm or the type it will be, AccuWeather predicts its start time to be sometime Tuesday night lasting through Thursday as well as the 2012 presidential election, while Kimble said the storm will likely be a Wednesday into Thursday event.
The potential storm for the Northeast wouldn’t have a fraction of Sandy’s punch, but it “will add insult to injury” in recovering areas, said Rob Carolan, with Hometown Forecast Services.
“If it develops, it will be the first significant non-tropical storm of the season,” Carolan said. “Anyone inside a house without power isn’t going to be too happy that it is 40 degrees and raining outside.”
Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to as many as 8.5 million homes and businesses on the East Coast, including about half of New Jersey. About 4.8 million customers remained without power Thursday, from South Carolina to Maine and as far west as Michigan.
The new storm may help keep average temperatures along the East Coast about 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 to 2.8 Celsius) below normal from Nov. 7-11, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group in Bethesda, Md. Colder-than-normal weather spurs energy use and may drive up natural gas and heating oil prices.
Average temperatures in the mid-Atlantic states will be about 8 degrees below normal from Friday until Tuesday and about 5 degrees lower in New York and New England, Rogers said.
The Northeast may then get 3 to 5 degrees warmer from Nov. 12-16, Rogers said.
Bloomberg News contributed to this story.