New York (AP, March 13,2017):A powerful nor’easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow to some parts of the Northeast, proving that winter is not done yet.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch from late Monday night through Tuesday evening for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut, while winter storm warnings and watches were issued for the remainder of the Northeast.
Meteorologists said the storm could dump 12-18 inches of snow inches of snow on New York City with wind gusts of 64 to 80 km/h.
Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel and help keep the roads clear for sanitation crews and first responders.
“We’re preparing for a significant storm on Tuesday, and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” de Blasio said.
Light snow is expected to begin late Monday night and intensify overnight into early Tuesday morning. The heaviest snowfall is expected Tuesday morning through the afternoon, with snowfall rates of as much as 2-4 inches per hour.
“This would certainly be the biggest snowstorm of the 2017 winter season in New York City,” said Faye Barthold, a weather service meteorologist based on Long Island.
Boston also could get 12-18 inches, with isolated amounts of up to two feet across northeastern Massachusetts.
In Philadelphia, crews began treating some area roadways on Sunday. The city could see 6-12 inches of snow. The weather service said there is a chance the snow could change over to a wintry mix or rain for a time Tuesday morning, which could limit total snowfall amounts.
Farther south, in the nation’s capital, where the National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled to start Wednesday, snow accumulations of 6-10 inches are expected.
Winter’s last hurrah arrives just a week after the region saw temperatures climb to the teens.
North of the border, a winter storm is set to bring up to 20 centimetres of snow to GTA by Tuesday. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto, the GTA and southern Ontario, warning that a major winter storm will hit the region starting Monday night.