Eight days ago, the East Coast was dealing with destructive storm surge, flooding rain and damaging wind associated with Superstorm Sandy making landfall in New Jersey.

Clean-up efforts are ongoing in portions of New York and New Jersey that absorbed the worst of Sandy's impacts.

The last thing anyone in those locales need is another strong coastal storm. And yet, that's likely what's coming.

Forecasters are monitoring the possibility that a strong Nor'easter will track up the East Coast Wednesday, Wednesday night and Thursday. Another storm would mean more coastal flooding, more powerful winds and more rain in areas ravaged by Sandy.

And it could mean some snow for Central Maryland depending on the storm's track.

This storm isn't like Sandy

This isn't going to be another Sandy, which was a once-in-a-generation storm in both size and scope.

Sandy was tropical in origin. This is a classic Nor'easter, where a low pressure system forms off the coast and strengthens as it moves northward.

While forecast tracks vary, all computer models have this storm with a much higher central pressure than Sandy. The higher the central pressure, the weaker the storm.


This forecast isn't a slam-dunk

Every day, the National Weather Service's Baltimore-Washington forecast office in Sterling, Va., posts updated discussions on the forecast. The discussions offer guidance and additional details about the forecast.

As of Monday afternoon, the meteorologists there were unwilling to commit to specific forecasts. Due to exact storm track uncertainty, the National Weather Service did not want to go into too many details.

The computer models were split Monday about the storm's track. Some had the storm pushing just offshore and moving up the coast. Others had the storm forming farther east, sparing the Mid-Atlantic from the majority of heavy precipitation.

Once the storm track is more clear, forecasters will be able to say with more confidence how much precipitation will fall and what type.

This storm could bring snow to Carroll

The National Weather Service does call for a chance of snow or rain in its forecast for Wednesday, Wednesday night into Thursday in Central Maryland.

Whether snow could accumulate is not clear. The National Weather Service, The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, longtime Baltimore meteorologist Justin Berk and more were simply unable to provide snow accumulation forecasts Monday.

The projected lows are in the mid-30s Wednesday night, so any snow that falls is not likely to accumulate.

Accumulating snow in early November is unusual for Central Maryland but not unheard of. Just last year, more than 3 inches of snow fell throughout Carroll County on Oct. 29.