Between 6 and 12 inches (15 and 30 cm) of snow are forecast for New York City and the surrounding suburbs in New Jersey and CT through to Thursday morning, with wind gusts creating "near-white out conditions" for commuters, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. As you can see, the predictions are changing practically from hour to hour, so stay tuned to your local weather service for the latest predictions.
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"That's the other reason why you're hearing in Boston these amounts have been all over the place, because a difference of two hours can make the difference in 3 or 4 inches of snow, depending on when the changeover [occurs]", he added. "Be aware of the possibility of downed tree branches and wires". I'm certain NWS is waiting until the last-minute to see how the final snowfall totals will fall - this watch will probably be upgraded to a Warning or downgraded to an Advisory by Tuesday afternoon.
More than 200,000 customers in the region are without power.
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The National Weather Service has warned that "travel will be very hard to impossible" during both the morning and evening commute Wednesday in Philadelphia. A mix of snow and light rain fell before daybreak in many areas, then turned to all snow, making driving treacherous. Snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible, mostly north and west of New York City. It also produced "thundersnow", with flashes of lightning and booming thunder from the Philadelphia area to New York City.
The expected snowfall for the Philadelphia region for Wednesday's storm as of Tuesday afternoon. "Despite the potential of some mixing with rain right at the coastline, a widespread 8-14" accumulation is expected for a good portion of New Hampshire with 6-12" in far western and northern NH.
More than 2,000 flights across the region - 1,700 in the NY metro area alone - were canceled, a number expected to climb as conditions deteriorated, the Associated Press reported.
The National Weather Service's current predictions for Philadelphia, as of 8:30 p.m.
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Crocker said he is "pretty concerned" about this new storm.
Gov. Charlie Baker says Wednesday's storm is likely to bring more than a foot of snow to the Berkshires, scattered power outages and "minor to moderate coastal flooding" in communities still recovering from Friday's damaging nor'easter. Lighter snow will linger through mid afternoon Thursday before ending. The winds could also contribute to air travel delays and lead to blowing snow.
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. Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains and parts of MA could see up to 18 inches.
The pattern is likely to persist at least for several days and more storm threats are likely, Drag said, including one early next week.
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