US’ Winter Storm Updates: Northeastern cities declare state of emergency, Blizzard-like conditions predicted
|New Yorkers woke up to a snowy city (aerial view of Manhattan) on Monday morning. On Sunday night New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a state of emergency where all residents are urged to stay home|
Fox news reported that a major winter storm slamming the Northeast on Monday morning is forecast to drop up to two feet of snow across an area stretching from Pennsylvania to New England, impacting cities such as Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.
Officials along the heavily populated I-95 corridor are warning residents to stay off the roads as snowfall rates may reach 2 inches an hour in some parts, while dozens of winter weather warnings and advisories are in effect. Nearly all flights heading in and out of New York City-area airports also already have been canceled, statistics show.
|Weather warnings stretch from North Carolina up to Maine into Tuesday as Winter Storm Orlena hits the East Coast|
New York City gets 24 inches of snow, biggest since 1869
New York City is on its way to recording one of the heaviest snowfalls since 1869 with forecasters predicting that Winter Storm Orlena will drop two inches of snow every hour in the Big Apple as Gov Andrew Cuomo warned New Yorkers to take the weather serious and expect to be home for two days.
Cuomo called into 1010 WINS while driving into New York City. He told the station: 'All your advisories were exactly right, the expression "this is as serious as a heart attack’ is exactly right." This rate of snow, they are projecting two inches per hour, plows cannot keep up with that rate of snow.
|Snow falls in Times Square in New York City Sunday night. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Reuters|
Orlena is predicted to bring blizzard-like conditions and drop between 18 to 24 inches of snow in New York City from Monday into Tuesday, coupled with wind gusts up to 45 to 55mph.
If forecasts hold and New York City gets 24 inches of snow, it would mark the fourth-biggest snowfall the city has seen since at least 1869, when records began.
The last time it snowed more than 24 inches was in January 2016, when 27.3 inches of snow was recorded in Central Park - the record for a New York City snowfall. And the city got just a shade over 24 inches - 24.1 - on February 12, 2006.
New Jersey and Connecticut may see 18in of snow
Instead of shuttered schools and snow days, the latest winter storm to wallop the US north-east shut down vaccination sites and snarled other pandemic-related services in many states that could see as much as a foot of snow by Monday evening.
Lara Pagano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS), said a nor’easter developing off the mid-Atlantic coast will be a “pretty slow mover” as it brings heavy snow and strong winds through Tuesday.
“It’s going to be a prolonged event,” Pagano said. “We have snow that had made its way across much of Pennsylvania and into southern portions of New York and into Connecticut and much of New Jersey.”
|Pedestrians stroll down a snow-covered sidewalk Sunday in Chicago’s Grant Park. Photograph: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP|
As of Monday morning, some areas had 3in to 5in of snow, with 6in in parts of Pennsylvania, she said. In parts of New Jersey, 7in was reported.
In-person learning was canceled in school districts across the north-east and many Covid-19 vaccination sites were closed. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told MSNBC he hoped city-run vaccination sites could reopen on Tuesday.
New Jersey governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in order to deploy resources. He also closed all state government offices for nonessential personnel and the state’s six mega sites that distribute Covid-19 vaccines.
The heaviest snow predicted late Monday
|A man works to turn his snow-clearing machine on Sunday in Philadelphia. After days of frigid temperatures, the Northeast is being hit with a whopper of a storm that could dump well over a foot of snow in many areas and create blizzard-like conditions. (AP)|
The heaviest snow potential of this event is from late this morning into early evening as our actual nor'easter (coastal low) passes by our coastline. A band of heavy snow will develop (the best chance of this is in our NW suburbs). An additional 6-12" on top of the roughly 6" that's already fallen is possible with wind-whipped snow causing dangerous travel and low visibility, according to 6ABC.
Less certain is how much addition snow we get closer to I-95. While some models allow for another 3-5" on top of the 3-6" we've already seen, others this morning are suggesting that a slot of dry air wedges into areas near Philadelphia, delaying and suppressing some of this additional snow. We've already gotten a general 3-5" or more near I-95. Another 3-5" or so is possible, but only if that dry air fails to make a strong run at the city. As the low fully forms and makes its move north, we'll be watching to see how that plays out.
Again, the first round of snow has deposited at least 3-6". More is expected later this morning and this afternoon in Southeastern Pennsylvania with areas of Delaware and New Jersey closer to the Delaware River seeing some additional accumulation as well, perhaps a few inches (although this also could diminished by that possible surge of dry air). Today's high is 34. It will be blustery with gusts as high to 35-50 mph, with the highest winds at the Shore where a Coastal Flood Warning is in place with moderate coastal flooding at times of high tide into Tuesday and some beach erosion.
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