East Coast on alert for blizzards as storm system approaches

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Hibernate until spring’: What N.J. is saying about upcoming winter storm.

NEW YORK (AP) — A major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the Northeast as they gear up for the workweek right after the first real storm of the winter hit them with rain, several inches of snow and messy slush.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Western Pennsylvania from 1 p.m. today until 1 p.m. tomorrow, with the heaviest snow falling overnight. Mitchell Gaines, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office, said the storm may make travel condition “close to impossible.” As the state prepares for the potentially historic winter storm, people have taken to social media to cheer for — or gripe about — the upcoming weather.

A blizzard watch is in effect for eastern Massachusetts, coastal areas of Connecticut and all of Rhode Island, with a winter storm watch in effect for Cape Cod. The storm, which brewed late Saturday around the Iowa-Minnesota line, is likely to track down into the central Appalachians and then very slowly traverse its way through the Northeast states and reach the Gulf of Maine late Tuesday night, he said. The slow movement of the storm, he said, could help produce quite a bit of snowfall and blizzard-like or blizzard conditions: at least three hours of wind gusts of 35 mph or greater and visibility of less than a quarter of a mile because of snow or blowing snow.

It would be the second wallop for the Northeast after what happened Saturday, when a storm crawling up the East Coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England. He did, however, warn of possible rush hour problems. “I would suggest to motorists to check the weather when they get up before work and allow themselves some extra time if the storm persists.” New England, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, however, will face the worst conditions Monday night into Tuesday, and can expect between 1 and 2 feet of snow, according to the Weather Channel.

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