Tens of millions of Americans braced Monday for what could be the biggest storm to slam the Northeast this winter, menacing growl Spring Break travel plans as it dumps up to 2 feet of snow outside of New York City.
AIRLINES CANCEL MORE THAN 1,500 FLIGHTS AHEAD OF THE END OF THE WINTER STORM
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning from late night of Monday to Tuesday evening for the City of New York and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut, as well as the winter storm warnings and watches for the rest of the Northeast. Meteorologists said the storm could bring 12 to 18 inches of snow in New York City, and up to 24 cm to the north of the city, as well as eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.
The weather service office in the neighborhood of Philadelphia, called the storm “life-threatening” and warned the people to “shelter in place.”
The storm could pack wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph — the latest frustration for a city in the north of the state of New York that felt wind so strong, that they are under a house in ice. John Kucko said the wind whipped more water on the house in Webster, and he posted the photos and video of the frozen house in the weekend.
ICE HOUSE FORMED BY THE STRONG WINDS, FREEZING TEMPERATURES IN NY
“This would definitely be the largest snowstorm of the 2017 winter in New York City,” NWS meteorologist Faye Barthold told Fox 5. The major airlines have already canceled more than 1,000 flights before the storm.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that New York City schools are closed on Tuesday, and he urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel and to help keep the roads clear for sanitation crew and first responders.
“We are preparing for a major storm on Tuesday, and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous condition of the road,” de Blasio said.
Light snow is expected to begin late Monday evening and intensify overnight into early Tuesday morning.
Snowfall rates as much as 2 to 4 inches per hour are expected on Tuesday.
“This would definitely be the largest snowstorm of the 2017 winter in New York City,” said Faye Barthold, a Long Island weather meteorologist.
Boston also might get 12 to 18 inches, with isolated amounts of up to 2 metres wide in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is prepping equipment, with dangerous travel conditions a primary concern in the form of snow may fall, sometimes at a rate of 3 inches an hour, FOX 25 Boston reported.
Hundreds of pieces of equipment will be on the states roads and highways before, during and after the storm.
“Sometimes, even if there are many teams on the road, we have trouble keeping up with that. So try to keep people out of the way is number one, and again, to ensure that people are aware of power outages,” a MEMA spokesman told FOX 25.
In Philadelphia, where up to a foot of snow could fall, crews began the treatment of a particular area roads on Sunday.
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Further to the south in the capital of the country, where the National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for Wednesday, with snow accumulations of 6 to 8 inches expected.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.