Weather Channel meteorologist Carl Parker said: "The event will be a little colder, confining the heavier, wetter snow to coastal areas, where winds gusting to 40-50mph will lead to power outages, and possible blizzard or near blizzard conditions".
Blizzard conditions are possible and power outages are a threat for parts of Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and ME, which are under the Winter Storm Watch from Monday evening to Tuesday afternoon, he said.
The National Weather Service has most of Rhode Island getting 12 to 18 inches, while AccuWeather has Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts in a range of 12 to 24 inches.
The National Weather Service said Monday that Suffolk County in NY, and Southern Connecticut will receive a heavy, wet snowfall of 5 to 10 inches, with 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour.
Root said that between one and three inches of snow are expected to fall between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
The third Nor'easter in two weeks will impact the region Monday night into Tuesday morning with some light snow and wind, but don't look for a repeat of last week's disruptive storm. And then, the Northeast was hit by Winter Storm Quinn, which caused power outages along the East Coast in addition to downed trees.
Many Rhode Island state offices and schools have been closed for Tuesday. Far eastern and southeastern CT could see gusts up to 40 miles per hour. Coastal towns in MA are also recovering from devastating flooding from the first nor'easter on March 2, when at least nine people died.
Travel conditions are expected to be hard Tuesday morning, as almost 44 million people are under winter weather advisory or warning.
Despite spring looming next week, the National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings or freeze warnings for 67 of the state's 100 counties on Monday.
Winter Storm Riley began this parade on March 2 and was followed by Winter Storm Quinn last week.
On March 2, a nor'easter that morphed into a "bomb cyclone" slammed much of the Northeast with heavy snow and rain, hurricane-force wind gusts, and significant coastal flooding. "There will probably be some new accumulation, but nothing too bad". "They didn't know where else to go", Gehl said.
'Hopefully this will be the final punch of the winter, ' Buttrick said. At least two deaths were attributed to the storm.
The first in a series of Winter storms starts Tuesday.