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Nor’easter could bring heavy snow to New York, New England: NPR

A significant winter storm coming from the Mid-South will transition into a strong nor’easter for the Mid-Atlantic and New England on Monday.

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A significant winter storm coming from the Mid-South will transition into a strong nor’easter for the Mid-Atlantic and New England on Monday.

National Weather Service

Millions of people are bracing for a brief but intense nor’easter that is expected hitting the Mid-Atlantic and New England with strong winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow in some areas starting Monday evening.

Windy weather already caused hundreds of flight cancellations Tuesday at airports in Boston, New York and New Jersey, according to airline tracking site FlightAware.com.

The storm is part of the same system that drenched the Gulf Coast and parts of the South with rain and heavy snow over the weekend and Monday. It has been heading northeast for days and is expected to move quickly toward the Atlantic.

Officials in several states are preparing for what could be the heaviest snowfall in several years. Parts of New York City could see at least 6 inches of snowwhile it could fall between 8 inches and a foot in Boston.

Parts of central Pennsylvania and southern New England could reach up to 2 inches per hour Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that New York City Public Schools, the nation’s largest school system, will move to distance learning as the city prepares for massive snowfall.

“All relevant city agencies have been activated and preparations are underway,” Adams said at a news conference, adding that a Code Blue weather emergency advisory had been issued for homeless New Yorkers. The notice ensures that any unhoused person seeking shelter in the city cannot be denied access.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu declared a snow emergency, ordering municipal buildings and public schools to close Tuesday and instituting a parking ban on major roads.

“With our first major snowstorm arriving this winter, city crews are ready to clear our roads and respond to any emergencies during the storm,” Wu said in a statement.

“Please be aware of parking restrictions so we can clear the roads as quickly as possible, and check with your neighbors, family and friends to make sure everyone has a plan for staying indoors and stay safe,” she added.

In New York, Governor Kathy Hochul warned residents of the risk of “heavy snowfall”,” and urged people to stock up on essential items and avoid unnecessary travel. New York City public schools have taken preventative measures farm Tuesday and planned to teach classes remotely.

The National Weather Service says parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New England could see several inches of snow – up to a foot in some areas – just before Valentine’s Day.

More than 12 inches of snow could fall in some higher elevation areas near the Poconos, Catskills and parts of southern New England.

Snowfall rates are expected to increase steadily Tuesday, falling as much as 2 inches per hour in central Pennsylvania and southern New York in the morning and in southern New England in the afternoon. noon.

Wet and windy conditions could down trees and damage power lines, as well as disrupt morning and evening traffic in several busy East Coast cities.

Forecasters also warned of the risk of moderate coastal flooding Tuesday evening during high tide along the Jersey Shore and parts of New York and New England.

Nor’Easters are powerful storms that form along the East Coast with northeasterly winds, and such extreme weather events may occur more frequently and intensify due to climate change.

On Monday, the storm system was moving through the Southeast, and will continue to move northeast toward the Carolinas in the evening. Meteorologists are predicting showers and thunderstorms in the Southeast.

The Oklahoma City metro area saw several inches of snow overnight Sunday, with a small area near Lawton in southwest Oklahoma receiving between 8 inches and 30 centimeters of snow. the NWS said.

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