Second snowstorm hits US East Coast, several flights grounded

09 March, 2018, 09:51 | Author: Sheri Evans
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As low pressure forms on the North Carolina-Virginia border, an initial batch of snow is moving along Interstate-95 from Baltimore north toward central NY. The heaviest snow will fall between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, parts of the Dakotas remain under blizzard and winter storm warnings.

The storm track further east means more snow for Boston overnight and early Thursday.

"During early next week, the storm will reach the southern Atlantic coast and may continue to head eastward and well out to sea or may reorganize, strengthen and turn northward", said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski. The heavy wet snow combined with the strong winds are likely to cause power outages.

The snow snapped tree limbs and downed power lines across much of central NY, causing travel emergencies and travel bans in Oneida and Madison counties.

About a foot of snow is expected to blanket the city.

The snowstorm came with a rare accompaniment of lightning in some parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and NY, the weather service said.

The city of Philadelphia could see up to 8 inches of snow.

The best estimate now is up to 8 inches of snow east of I-81, particularly Wednesday afternoon, with 3 to 8 inches to the west of I-81.

Winter storm warning in effect for Lehigh, Berks, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, Pike, Luzerne, Lebanon, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem and New Castle counties through Wednesday night. Areas that may see heavy snowfall include Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, USA Today reported.

Precipitation is expected to continue in earnest until around midnight, but snow showers could continue into Thursday morning.

For the second time in less than a week, a massive winter snowstorm pummelled the US East Coast on Wednesday, leading to over 2,600 flights - about 1,900 in the NY metro area alone - cancelled.

The new storm is expected to drop more than a foot of snow in some interior areas on Wednesday.

Winds also won't be as strong as Friday, although gusts up to 25 miles per hour could still blow around snow and reduce visibility. These areas will likely be all snow as well, but some mixing could occur in the CT river valley where warm air will persist.

Ten people were taken to hospitals with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning after running a generator inside a home in North White Plains, New York, police said.

In the hours before a nor'easter was expected to bring about a foot of snow to central ME, public safety and utilities officials were preparing for the storm as a bevy of closures and cancellations were announced.

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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