A major winter storm slamming the Northeast Monday 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 exceed 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 airports also have been canceled, statistics show.
“A powerful Nor’easter and winter storm will pound much of the Northeast and New England today and Tuesday with a variety of hazards,” the National Weather Service says. “Widespread heavy snow, gusty winds, near blizzard conditions and coastal impacts are very likely.”
The NWS adds that “on Monday evening, the snow will expand into Northern New England and continue over parts of the Northeast into Wednesday” and that rain and freezing rain is possible today from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia.
The NWS is forecasting that northeast Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey and southern New York will see the heaviest snowfall, with New York City expected to get as much as 20 inches.
At least 6 inches of snow had fallen in the Pittsburgh area by early Monday, while Philadelphia had about 2 inches of sleet and snow. In New York City — where Mayor Bill de Blasio has restricted nonessential travel and warned locals of wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour – 8 inches has already fallen in some parts.
“At the most intense points, you are going to see two to four inches of snow per hour,” he said Monday.
“Travel will be very difficult to impossible,” the NWS says. “The hazardous conditions will impact the morning and evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.”
New York State Police reported that a tractor-trailer overturned on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in Rockland County early Monday morning as a result of the worsening conditions. Police also reported other trucks skidding off Interstate-84 in Orange County.