Massive Blizzard Screaming Through the Northeast, Six States Under “State of Emergency”
A massive blizzard is blasting through the Northeast, and it could inundate cities like Providence, Hartford and Boston. The gargantuan storm will likely bring very heavy snow through the overnight hours Monday into Tuesday. Many areas, from central Connecticut to southern Maine, are forecast to receive more than two feet of snow. Some locations could see much higher amounts, especially under convective snow bands.
The forecast snowfall, combined with winds gusting up to hurricane-force, has lead numerous National Weather Service offices to issue blizzard warnings. At present parts of seven states are under blizzard warnings. Major cities like New York, Hartford, Providence, Boston and Portland, Maine are expected to be pummeled with heavy, wet snow and howling winds, through midweek.
According to a tweet from the National Weather Service, more than 29 million people are under a blizzard warning, at present.
This massive storm could be threatening to life and property. And the volume of snow, coupled with the lack of warmer temperatures, through the end of the week, means travel could be very treacherous for days. It’s imperative that you start preparing now. Make sure you have at least three days of non-perishable food and water on hand, charge your cell phones and make sure your vehicle has a full tank of fuel. Most importantly, if you’re running a generator, make sure it’s well ventilated. Given the heavy snow and howling winds, power could be out for some time.
The snow that has fallen, is having a significant impact along the I-95 corridor – especially from New York City to Boston. Travel through the overnight hours and into Tuesday is strongly discouraged.
According to flightaware.com, thousands of flights — in and out of the Northeast — were cancelled on Monday, about three thousand in all. For Tuesday, cancellation numbers are already topping 4,300, in the United States.
The governors of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire have all declared states of emergency in their states.
Below is a day-by-day forecast of what to expect out of the system as it pummels the Northeast.
The late evening and overnight hours of Monday is when this nor’easter will really get cranking. Current model guidance suggests light to moderate snow will be falling through midnight, but very heavy snow will develop just after — pushing into Boston, Providence and Hartford a few hours before sunrise. Snowfall rates could be in two to four inch per hour range, under some of the heavier, convective bands.
Couple that heavy snow with winds gusting up to hurricane strength and you’ve got a recipe for near-whiteout conditions. Snow will pile up very quickly and travel will be extraordinarily treacherous along the I-95 corridor. Putting it plainly: STAY HOME. Overnight snow totals, for a wide swath – from New York City to Boston – are likely to top one foot.
Tuesday morning, heavy snow – from north of New York to Boston – will persist as the powerful nor’easter slows to a snail’s pace, just off the coast of Cape Cod. Strong winds coupled with the heavy snow will make travel nearly impossible and visibility could one again drop below one-fourth of a mile. Additional snowfall totals could range between 8 and 14 inches, from the eastern Long Island through southern Maine.
The volume of snow and heavy winds could cause mass power outages, so keep that in mind.
The nor’easter will finally being to pull out of the region, leaving a few lingering snow showers and cold air in its wake. Even though the snow will have ended, travel will be nearly impossible. Model data is indicating that cold air could remain in place for sometime. Meaning snow will be very slow to melt.
This is a developing weather situation and WeatherNation meteorologists will be monitoring – and scrutinizing – every model update.
We’ll bring you the latest on the forecast on-air and online. Stay safe.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond