Anticipated Winter Storm: Nor’easter Expects Significant Snowfall and Coastal Flooding

Get Ready for Heavy Snowfall in the Northeast

According to National Weather Service forecasters, a heavy snowfall is expected to hit parts of the Northeast starting late Monday and into Tuesday. Some areas could receive up to two inches of snow per hour. While this storm won’t last long, it will come down quickly and accumulate to a foot or more in some locations.

Even Central Park, which hasn’t seen more than half a foot of snow since January 29, 2022, might see the return of sledding, snowballs, and snowmen by Tuesday afternoon.

Key Things to Know About the Storm

  • Snow is becoming more likely for New York City, with the possibility of over six inches. It will start as rain and transition to snow around the morning commute on Tuesday.
  • There is still uncertainty about when exactly the precipitation will change from rain to snow in the New York metro area, which could affect snow totals.
  • The heaviest snowfall is expected from northern New Jersey to southern New England. Cities like Boston are likely to receive a foot or more of snow.
  • School closures are being announced ahead of the storm. Boston Public Schools will be closed according to the district’s website, and New York City Public Schools announced that classes would be held remotely.

Snow is Expected from the Mid-Atlantic through New England

In the latest forecasts, the Weather Service is confident that Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley will see at least six inches of snow.

Prepare for Heavy Snow in Specific Areas

The heaviest snowfall will occur in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York before moving into southern New England on Tuesday. Locations like the Catskills in New York and the Berkshires in Massachusetts could receive up to a foot of snow.

Winter Storm Warning and Closures

A winter storm watch is in effect for Long Island, New York City, and parts of northeast New Jersey. This means heavy snow is possible.

According to Mayor Eric Adams of New York City, heavy precipitation is expected across all five boroughs, leading to slippery roads and low visibility during the morning commute.

Coastal flooding is anticipated for the Jersey Shore and Long Island. Interior sections of northeastern New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley, and southern Connecticut can expect heavy wet snow with accumulations of up to 12 inches, with higher amounts possible north of I-84.

Strong winds and coastal flooding will accompany the storm, which prompted the Weather Service to issue a winter storm warning from Pennsylvania to coastal Massachusetts. Gusts of up to 35 to 40 miles per hour are expected, along with snow accumulation of up to 10, possibly even 13 inches.

Potential Impact on Trees and Power Lines

Forecasters are warning that powerful winds and heavy snow could cause damage to trees and power lines.

Preparations and Excitement for the Snow

Five to eight inches of snow are expected in the New York City metro area and Long Island. The New York State Department of Transportation is prepared with a fleet of plow trucks and snow blowers.

Meanwhile, Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Putnam County, New York, is getting ready for an influx of customers. The owner, Dean Ryder, expects double the attendance after a big snowstorm. He believes that the sight of snow outside the window is a major draw for skiers.

Stay safe and enjoy the winter wonderland!

Contributed reporting by Claire Fahy.

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