Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Winter storm warnings issued for Wednesday storm

Winter storm warnings issued for Wednesday storm

"All in all, it hasn't been a awful winter, and it seems that March is always our worst month for major storms".

A snow alert has been issued for the five boroughs starting at 10 p.m.

Schools in several MA districts were ordered closed Thursday as the Northeast prepares for a second winter storm in as many weeks.

"The midweek storm may drop accumulating snow from the Delmarva Peninsula through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and into Main and Quebec", Alan Reppert, an AccuWeather senior meteorologist, said regarding the storm.

Snow has been falling throughout the course of the day, and now we are starting to see widespread light to moderate snow over the western two-thirds of the state.

The combination of heavy, wet snow and strong winds has brought down many large trees in the Northeast. "People on the coast and with travel interests in the Northeast should monitor the progress of the potential storm".

The highest snowfall totals are expected across eastern Pennsylvania, northwest New Jersey, the Hudson Valley and Catskills, northwest CT, western MA and northern New England all the way to Maine. Any mix is expected to change back to snow by late evening and the snow is forecast to taper off to lighter snow between 10:00 PM and Midnight.

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There is a winter storm watch in effect from Wednesday into Thursday morning for the remainder of the Island, which could get 3 to 8 inches, the weather service said. However, this one will bring more snow than the storm last week. The website said more than 2,100 flights had been delayed and 2,700 canceled, majority in the Northeast, as of 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT Thursday).

Snow has begun to fall in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, but forecasts of how much the region will see from the approaching storm continue to vary. "These areas will be all snow, and will likely see a period of 1-2" per hour snowfall rates as heavy snow bands set up over the area.

According to media reports, New York City was set to receive 8 to 12 inches of snowfall.

The Amtrak passenger train service canceled some Wednesday trains between Washington and Boston, as well as some services in Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast.

Wolf said 450 National Guard members are on standby to assist with storm preparations and aftermath.

In addition to the snow, winds have gusted over 50 miles per hour from parts of Long Island into New England, with a few gusts near 60 miles per hour on Cape Cod and Nantucket, leading to hundreds of thousands of power outages across the Northeast.

Damaging winds are forecast with gusts of up to 60 mph on Cape Cod, 45 mph at the Jersey shore and 30 mph around suburban Philadelphia.

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