While Yorkers continue to dry out from Sandy, they might need to ready themselves for snow.

A nor'easter is brewing off the East Coast and is expected to make landfall Tuesday night into Wednesday night, a forecaster said.

Locally, there's a 100 percent chance of precipitation and 30 percent chance of snow, said Mike Dangelo, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

How much snow is still in question, forecasters said.

There might also be winds for eastern and central Pennsylvania, but they will be "nowhere close to Sandy," Dangelo said.

The storm isn't expected to hinder Election Day, Dangelo said. In fact, "Tuesday will be a really nice, sunny day," with temperatures in the mid-40s to low 50s, he said.

Clouds will likely set in during the end of the day, as the storm approaches, he said.

Though the nor'easter won't be anything close to the recent record-breaking storm, it will dump some rain - and possibly snow-on the battered areas of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, eastern Pennsylvania and extend through New England, Dangelo said.

The storm track is still up in the air, but it's on target to affect those Sandy-damaged areas, he said.

Because the next weather event is five days away, its path may shift, forecasters said.

Up in the air: The National Weather Service issued a long-range forecast Thursday, explaining the nor'easter was possible for mid-Atlantic and New England states by Election Day through Thursday.


Though it isn't packing the punch of Superstorm Sandy, it could blanket the northeast in snow, moderate or heavy rainfall and cause high winds and beach erosion along already-battered areas.

Winds could be 30 to 40 mph, forecasters said.

"I wouldn't get too alarmed yet," said Bruce Sullivan, forecaster with the National Weather Service. "But it's something we're going to be watching over the next few days and fine-tuning. Anything that could hamper clean-up efforts is something that could be watched."

Unlike Sandy, the nor'easter doesn't have a tropical component. Instead, it's a normal wet storm coming through land in the Southeast and going into the water, combining with cold air moving south from the Great Lakes and then curving back into the mid-Atlantic, Sullivan said.

The same high pressure system that blocked then-Hurricane Sandy from heading north and east out to sea like most tropical systems is likely to be part of the steering system that would take this storm inland to the same Sandy-struck area, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for the private service Weather Underground.

The fact that it's five days out means "there's room for optimism," Masters said. But, he added, "From what I'm Iooking at, there's a concern."

- The Associated Press contributed to this report. Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.