- A snow emergency was declared in Boston.
- New York City Public Schools announced a move to remote learning.
- Hundreds of flights were canceled at Boston and New York airports.
School closures were announced in major cities including Boston and New York, hundreds of flights were canceled and drivers warned of hazardous conditions as a winter storm moves into the Northeast.
The system was named Winter Storm Lorraine by The Weather Channel. It was on track to become a nor’easter as it nears the East Coast, which happens when a strong area of low pressure features winds from the northeast off the Atlantic Ocean.
Get the full forecast here.
(8:20 a.m. ET) Where The Snowfall Has Impressed Our Experts Most So Far
From weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman:
In winter storms, we often see relatively narrow bands of the heaviest snow accumulation, usually where frontal zones sharpen – what meteorologists call “frontogenesis.” Snowfall rates of over 1 inch per hour can occur in these bands, sometimes accompanied by lightning.
In this case, 6 to 10 inches of snow have already accumulated from central Pennsylvania to just southwest of downtown Hartford, Connecticut.
(8:10 a.m. ET) Snow Threatens To Chill Voter Turnout In New York Special Election
From weather.com editor Tim Harris:
As New York City’s suburbs prepare for a special election on Tuesday, snowfall could cast a shadow over the contest for control of a key congressional seat left vacant by the departure of George Santos. With turnout predictions already low due to the abbreviated race period, the added challenge of poor weather conditions may further impact voter efforts.
(7:55 a.m. ET) Slight Shift Means Changes To Forecast For Millions
As meteorologist Domenica Davis explains in this video, the low associated with Winter Storm Lorraine has stayed a little farther south, and that means a shift in the heaviest expected snowfall totals. As a result, the snow forecast for Boston has trended downward, and parts of southern New England are expected to finish this storm with higher snowfall totals.
Regardless, the nor’easter is still expected to bring powerful wind gusts to much of the region, and power outage concerns are still high. Already, more than 65,000 homes and businesses are in the dark in Pennsylvania, according to PowerOutage.us.
(7:40 a.m. ET) Wolf, Seidel Report Live From Lorraine
The Weather Channel was out braving the elements in several locations this morning. Meteorologist Mike Seidel reported live from Central Park in New York City, where more than an inch of snow has fallen so far. If that spot gets more than 3 inches, it’ll be the first time since Jan. 28-29, 2022, when Winter Storm Kenan dumped 8.5 inches of snow on the park.
Reynolds Wolf was seeing even more snow than Seidel as he reported live in Hartford, Connecticut.
(7:30 a.m. ET) Drivers Struggling With Snow-Covered Roads In Virginia
Northwest of the nation’s capital, roads in and around the town of Berryville, Virginia, were snow-covered, and that was leading to several wrecks, as documented by storm chaser Peter Forister.
(7:15 a.m. ET) Snow A Test For New York City’s New Snowplow Tracking Technology
From weather.com senior editor Niki Budnick:
BladeRunner 2.0, a new way for New York City officials to clean up the streets after snowstorms, was announced in December.
The technology upgrade improved upon New York City’s old plowing system, which only plowed primary streets, then secondary and tertiary streets. Now, officials say every bike lane, street and highway will be salted, then plowed once snow reaches 2 inches.
Mayor Eric Adams said in a press release, “We’ve never been more ready for snow season, thanks to our new BladeRunner 2.0 software that will allow us to better track and support our fleet of approximately 5,000 vehicles across all five boroughs.”
New Yorkers can use PlowNYC to track snowplowing progress in their neighborhoods.
(7 a.m. ET) Top Snow Totals As Of This Hour
Here are the top snowfall totals so far, according to the National Weather Service:
-Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania: 10.5 inches
-Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania: 9.7 inches
-Near Freeland, Pennsylvania: 9.5 inches
-Drums and Richfield, Pennsylvania: 9 inches each
Here is some more information about this storm that preceded our live updates coverage this morning:
Flight Cancellations Stacking Up; Drivers Warned To Stay Home
Hundreds of Tuesday flights at airports in Boston and the New York area were canceled ahead of the storm, according to airline tracker FlightAware. The biggest impacted airports as of Monday evening were LaGuardia, Boston Logan, John F. Kennedy and Newark.
Nationwide, more than 1,000 flights into and out of the United States were canceled Tuesday, FlightAware also said.
Driving in and around parts of the Interstate 95 corridor could become hazardous. Travelers and commuters are advised to check road conditions and the weather forecast along their entire route.
How The Region Prepared For The Storm
Crews across the region started salting roads Monday afternoon, with hundreds of personnel, vehicles and snow-clearing equipment standing by.
In Morris County, New Jersey, residents were advised to think twice before venturing out tonight or tomorrow morning.
“Usually, we see that is where the problem is,” the county’s emergency management director, Jeffrey Paul, told northjersey.com “Either we have vehicles on the road that aren’t equipped to be there or people that aren’t comfortable driving in the conditions which is where our increased emergency response comes in. We always tell people to act smart.”
(MORE: There’s A Peak Time For Major Northeast Snowstorms)
School closures were announced in several cities.
“Please stay off the roads tomorrow,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday, according to WCVB-TV. “Wherever possible, make plans to be indoors.”
The mayor declared a snow emergency, which puts parking restrictions in place to make room for snow-clearing equipment.
Dozens of school districts across Rhode Island also announced closures or a move to virtual learning.
In Pennsylvania, vehicle restrictions into place at 3 a.m. Tuesday along all or portions of several major roadways including the Pennsylvania Turnpike and interstates 78, 80, 84 and 99.
How Much Snow Will New York City Get?
The storm packs the potential for snowfall amounts not seen in more than two years in the Big Apple.
“The last time Central Park had a snowstorm drop 3 to 6 inches or more was Jan. 28-29, 2022, when they got 8.5 inches. This storm is likely to be the heaviest since that one, with exact forecast totals dependent on the rain to snow changeover,” weather.com senior meteorologist Chris Dolce said Monday morning.
“Where it does snow, it’s going to be coming down pretty heavy. Some places could see snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.”
(MORE: Here’s What To Know About The ’40/70 Benchmark’ And Northeast Snow)
Total accumulation could reach a half-foot in places like Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, combined with high winds.
“I think we’ll have some sporadic power outages, we’ll have some coastal flooding around high tides,” weather.com on-air meteorologist Ari Sarsalari said.
What Is A Nor’easter?
From Dolce: The term nor’easter is all about wind direction associated with low-pressure systems tracking near the Eastern Seaboard. Not all East Coast storms get this moniker since a nor’easter must have winds blowing onshore along the coast from a northeast direction. These storms occur most often from fall to winter and early spring, but snow is not a requirement.
Read more about this type of storm.
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