The New York City and Northeast metropolitan areas expect heavy snowfall from strong nor’easter weather


New York City and other major cities in the Northeast are preparing for a deluge of snow strong and fast nor’easter This will knock out power and significantly disrupt travel, work and school. Here’s the latest:

• Prediction: More than 15 cm of snow was reported across the Northeast early Tuesday, with widespread heavy snowfall expected southeast Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and extend into southern New England. Snowfall of up to 5 cm per hour is expected in the worst affected areas. But even small changes in the storm’s direction could cause drastic changes in the cities that feel the greatest impact.

• New York City: New York City could see its biggest snowfall in more than two years on Tuesday. The city is under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. 5 to 8 inches of snow is forecast by 3 p.m. The heaviest snow is expected from morning to midday, with winds up to 30 miles per hour.

• Boston: A winter weather advisory is in effect for Boston until 7 p.m. The city is expected to see 3 to 5 inches of snow, with the heaviest fall occurring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour. The snowfall is expected to stop around 6 p.m

•Philadelphia: A winter weather advisory is in effect for Philadelphia until 3 p.m., with 1 to 4 inches of snowfall and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour. The city could see a mix of snow and rain, with the rain ceasing around 2 p.m

• Schools affected are: New York City public schools will be remote on Tuesday. Elsewhere, classes in urban districts have been canceled, including in Boston; Newark, New Jersey; and New Haven, Connecticut.

• A tough Tuesday morning commute: Officials warn that snow and rain could create dangerous travel conditions. The heaviest snowfall is expected during New Yorkers’ morning commute. In Boston, “travel quickly becomes difficult Tuesday morning due to poor visibility and snow-covered roads and continues into the afternoon,” the National Weather Service advised. Clearing roads could take some time because wet snow and freezing temperatures could lead to icing, the Massachusetts governor said.

• Residents urged to stay at home: Governors in several states, including New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts, are urging people to work from home and avoid non-essential travel amid fears of blowing snow and strong winds.

• More than 1,000 flights canceled: Air traffic across the region is already affected. According to FlightAware, most of the more than 1,000 flight cancellations in the U.S. on Tuesday were in or out of major airports in New York, Boston and New Jersey.

• Power outages: In addition to extensive snowfall, Wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour are expected, according to the Weather Prediction Center. Power outages are possible as the combination of thick, wet snow and strong winds could damage trees and damage power lines, the weather service said.

• Winter Storm Warnings: Weather warnings and winter storm warnings extend Tuesday from the northern tip of Virginia through Pennsylvania and up the coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts. The heaviest snowfall is expected to be quite narrow, and snow totals could vary significantly between towns just 20 to 30 miles apart.

• Strong winds and flooding along the coast: Coastal flooding of 2 to 3 feet is also possible during high tide from New Jersey to southern New England, including Long Island and Connecticut. Strong winds of up to 72 km/h may occur along the coast. Cape Cod could experience damaging wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour.

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The snowy weather will be quite a change for the region, with many cities in the Northeast experiencing their warmest winter on record. Historically, February is the snowiest month of the year for many major cities in the region due to nor’easter weather like this.

“Mother Nature is sending us her love for Valentine’s Day in the form of a massive snowstorm,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday. She warned of dangerous commuting conditions Tuesday morning and possible power outages.

There was more than an inch of snow in New York City’s Central Park before 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Ahead of the storm, the New York City Transit Authority began preparing rail lines, bridges and subway systems, including equipping buses with snow chains and deploying de-icing and debris-removal trains for outside tracks.

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“People are used to a fairly mild winter, so they are taking all the necessary precautions,” Hochul said. “If you can work remotely that’s great because we want to make sure our roads are clear for the plows as always.”

In Massachusetts, where Boston could see up to 7 inches Gov. Maura Healey warned that the snowfall could become too heavy for plows to handle.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy warned people to “take this matter seriously” as parts of the state expect up to a foot of thick, wet snow. The state’s transportation commissioner urged residents to stay home and use “extreme caution” if they need to venture outside.

CNN meteorologists Eric Zerkel and Sara Tonks and CNN’s Rob Frehse and Sarah Dewberry. Nic F. Anderson and Celina Tebor contributed to this report.


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