Major winter storm pummels Northeast, closing schools and vaccination sites

Вторник, 02 Фев, 2021

The winter storm that's hammering New Jersey on Monday is a long way from being over with forecasters saying that snow - albeit much lighter than what's falling now - is expected to drop until Tuesday night. Snowfall was expected to begin mid-afternoon Monday in Schenectady and by early evening Monday for points north.

The latest model info calls for up to 14-18+ inches for the northwestern area of the state, where we expect to see heavy snow bands. While warmer air could later bring rain across parts of the region, the city is still "in the sweet spot down there" for snow accumulation, Carolan said.

Governor Cuomo said: "As we know, these storms can be unpredictable, so I strongly urge all New Yorkers to keep a very close eye on the weather over the next few days and take steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe". The warning will be in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.

New York City Mayor Nill de Blasio has declared a state of emergency. The blowing snow could lead to poor visibility, making for possible whiteout conditions and risky travel on the roadways.

After the storm pulls away from NY, it will drag cold air across Lake Ontario, giving areas such as northern Cayuga and Onondaga counties lingering shots of lake effect snow into early Wednesday morning. Gusts of 45+ miles per hour during times of heavy snow could lead to whiteout conditions.

A person stands near the Gapstow Bridge in Central Park during a winter storm
A person stands near the Gapstow Bridge in Central Park during a winter storm

As of 8 NY, 2,663 flights had been canceled in the US through Tuesday, according to FlightAware, an airline tracking service. These regions are expected to feel the impact of the snow accompanied by ice, freezing rain and sleet till Tuesday.

"Despite the fact that we are forecasting up to 18 inches of snow, these numbers are conservative if you trust the NAM", wrote the National Weather Service in NY. For the South Shore, Upper Cape and Plymouth and Bristol counties in MA, a quick burst of snow will give way to mainly rain.

As of Monday morning, some areas had already gotten 3 to 5 inches (7.6 to 12.7 centimeters) of snow, with 6 inches (15.2 centimeters) in parts of Pennsylvania, she said.

The storm is even expected to spread snow into northern New England, benefiting ski areas in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.