East Coast on alert for blizzards as storm system approaches

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Blizzard Watch Issued for NYC Area.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch ahead of a storm that could bring up to 2 feet of snow to some areas of eastern Massachusetts beginning Monday evening. “Everyone should pay attention to this pretty closely, because there is the potential for this to be a very strong storm with a lot of snow,” said Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, a forecaster with the NWS in Taunton. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the Northeast as residents 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.

Forecasters stressed Sunday that the storm’s track and timing remain uncertain, but warn that anywhere from 6 to 16 inches could fall across the state through late Tuesday morning. Areas east of New York City could receive in excess of a foot of snow if the storm develops as feared, he said, stressing that’s still “a big if.” 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 storm will then strengthen rapidly and bring its heaviest amounts from New York into New England. “The system will deepen rapidly Monday through Tuesday,” said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the U.S. 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.

The man was treated at a hospital for hypothermia, a dangerously low body temperature. (TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. At that point a secondary low pressure system will reform in the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia and North Carolina and this will be the storm that rapidly strengthens and covers the Northeast with snow, he said. If the storm’s track to the north hugs the coast more, then warmer air and rain may keep snow totals on the lower end in the large cities along Interstate 95, including New York, he said.

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