Northeastern Metropolitans Bracing for Powerful Nor’easter
New York City and other major northeastern metropolitans are preparing for the arrival of a potent and fast-moving nor’easter that is expected to bring heavy snowfall, power outages, and significant disruptions to travel, work, and school.
Early reports indicate that the Northeast has already experienced more than 6 inches of snow, with the heaviest snowfall predicted in southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and southern New England. The hardest-hit areas could see up to 2 inches of snowfall per hour. However, slight changes in the storm’s path could have a significant impact on which cities are affected the most.
New York City
New York City is bracing for the largest snowfall in over two years. A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m., with a forecast of 5 to 8 inches of snow expected by 3 p.m. The heaviest snowfall is anticipated during the morning hours, accompanied by gusts of up to 30 mph.
Boston is under a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m., with a projected snowfall of 3 to 5 inches. The heaviest snowfall is expected between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with wind gusts reaching up to 35 mph. The snow is expected to stop by 6 p.m.
Philadelphia is under a winter weather advisory until 3 p.m., with expected snowfall of 1 to 4 inches and wind gusts up to 30 mph. A mix of snow and rain is possible, and rain is expected to cease around 2 p.m.
Currently, over 115,000 customers in Pennsylvania are without power. The combination of heavy, wet snow and strong winds with gusts of up to 40 mph may cause damage to trees and power lines, increasing the risk of additional power outages in the region.
New York City Public Schools will be conducting remote classes on Tuesday. Other districts, including those in Boston, Newark, and New Haven, have canceled classes for the day.
Officials are warning of dangerous travel conditions due to the snow and rain. The heaviest snowfall is expected during the morning commute in New York City, while Boston will experience rapidly deteriorating travel conditions throughout the morning and afternoon. Clearing the roads might take longer due to wet snow and freezing temperatures leading to icing.
Stay Home and Work Remotely
Governors in several states, such as New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts, are urging people to work from home and avoid unnecessary travel. Blowing snow and strong winds pose safety concerns. The New Jersey Department of Transportation has implemented a ban on commercial vehicles on multiple interstate highways.
Over 1,000 flights across the US have been canceled, with the majority affecting major airports in New York, Boston, and New Jersey.
Winter Storm Warnings
A winter storm warning is in effect from the northern tip of Virginia through Pennsylvania, and along the coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts. The heaviest snowfall is expected in a narrow area, and snow totals may vary significantly even between cities just a short distance apart.
Strong Winds and Coastal Flooding
Coastal regions, including Long Island and Connecticut, may experience between 2 and 3 feet of flooding during high tide. Strong winds of up to 45 mph are also expected along the coast, with gusts of up to 60 mph in Cape Cod.
Winter Weather in the Northeast
Many cities in the Northeast have been experiencing an unusually warm winter. However, historically, February is known for being the snowiest month due to nor’easters like this one. New York Governor Kathy Hochul humorously referred to it as “Mother Nature’s love for Valentine’s Day” and advised people to make necessary preparations for the storm.
Stay safe and enjoy the snow responsibly!
Read More of this Story at www.cnn.com – 2024-02-13 15:18:00
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