Winter storm starting to hit region

24 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Boston area feeling wrath of winter storm.

The fast-moving storm is expected to dump up to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow in some areas, the weather service said. Saturday for New York City, western and central Long Island, portions of northeastern New Jersey and parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut. It’ll start somewhere around midnight.” Starting Friday night, 2,400 armed and ready sanitation workers will hit the streets with 250,000 tons of salt as they spread the stuff across the five boroughs. “We have plenty of salt on hand,” said Department of Sanitation Commisioner Kathryn Garcia, admitting that efforts to control the storm would take place despite forecasts being “extremely uncertain.” An army of 1,500 plow trucks will also be waiting in the wings, but won’t be employed until at least 2 inches of snow is on the ground, according to standard OEM operating procedure. Today (Saturday): The bulk of this storm is done, but it’s still spinning just off to our east during the early morning, so some impacts are likely to remain. Snow in those areas began early Saturday — and it could mix with freezing rain, sleet, and rain before returning to snow in the evening, forecasters said.

The bad weather will start off as snow on Friday just before midnight and will then transform into a brief period of freezing rain before sunrise, meteorologists said. As CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported from Mobile2, the snow and slush is more of a problem on the side streets than the main roadways in the Fordham section of the Bronx. The Nor’easter should move out of the area by Saturday night, but flurries could still be seen Sunday morning, according to The National Weather Service. Confidence: Medium-High Tomorrow night: Despite mild temperatures on Sunday, a cold high pressure to the north mixes with a strong clipper system passing to the south to quickly bring cold air into the region as precipitation gets underway overnight.

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