Heavy snow and wind continues to pound the Northeast with blizzard conditions. A strong Nor’easter is piling up the snow, causing significant travel problems. Some roads are closed and many others are nearly impassable. Snow has mixed with sleet along the coast, creating additional travel problems. A travel ban has been declared in Connecticut.
A State of Emergency has been declared for several states from the Mid Atlantic into the Northeast. Thousands of flights have been cancelled, with 99% of flights scrubbed at LaGuardia Airport. Most schools have been closed. The heavy, slushy snow and strong winds may created power outages throughout the region.
Blizzard warnings stretch from near Philadelphia to just north of New York and Boston into Portland. Winter Storm Warnings extended through most of the rest of the Northeast.
As of earlier this morning, around 6″ of snow has fallen near LaGuardia airport in Queens, NY. Snow and sleet has accumulated to 3″ to 4″ around Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia. 1 to 2 feet of snow is possible in some areas away from the coast.
A mix of sleet and snow will continue from Washington, D.C. to New York. The wintry mix will keep snowfall totals out of the excessive range, but 6″ to 12″ are likely. The precipitation will gradually diminish early this afternoon.
In New England, more than a foot of snow will accumulate as the heaviest snow will drop this afternoon into this evening. Wind gusts above 50 mph will create significant blowing and drifting snow with white-out conditions.
As the Nor’easter moves up the coast this afternoon, the strongest winds will be found on the north side of the low. Gusts above 50 mph are possible from Long Island to Cape Cod.
The strong winds will remain throughout New England on Wednesday. As the low pressure center slows down and weakens slightly, the high winds will diminish.
The intense low pressure system will zip quickly through the Atlantic Ocean this afternoon, with snow gradually ending for Long Island, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. With high humidity streaming into the storm from the Atlantic Ocean, heavy snow will spread throughout New England as the moisture hits the cold air.
On Wednesday, the low will begin to slow down as it moves ashore into Maine. Heavy snow will continue throughout the day, decreasing into Thursday.
WeatherNation will have continuous updates on the Nor’easter on-the-air and online at weathernationtv.com
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels