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Subways across New York and the Northeast prepare for disruptive heavy snowfall from the powerful nor’easter



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New York City and other major metropolises in the Northeast are bracing for a wave of snow from a powerful and fast nor’easter this is expected to cut power and significantly disrupt travel, work and school. Here is the last one:

• Forecast: More than 6 inches of snow were reported in the Northeast early Tuesday, with widespread heavy snow expected in South East Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and extends into southern New England. Up to 2 inches of snowfall per hour is expected in the hardest hit areas. But even small changes in the storm’s track could significantly alter which cities will experience the greatest impact.

• New York City: New York City could see its heaviest snowfall in more than two years on Tuesday. The city is under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m., with 5 to 8 inches of snow expected until 3 p.m. The heaviest snow is expected from morning to midday, with wind gusts up to 30 mph.

•Boston: Boston is under a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m. The city is expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow, with the heaviest falling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and winds gusting up to 35 mph. The snow should stop around 6 p.m.

• Philadelphia: Philadelphia is under a winter weather advisory until 3 p.m., with 1 to 4 inches of snowfall and wind gusts of up to 30 mph expected. The city could see a mix of snow and rain, with the rain ending around 2 p.m.

• Schools affected: New York City public schools will be closed Tuesday. Elsewhere, classes were canceled in parts of the city, including Boston; Newark, New Jersey; and New Haven, CT.

• A difficult journey on Tuesday morning: Authorities warn that snow and rain could make travel conditions hazardous. The heaviest snowfall is expected during New Yorkers’ morning commute. In Boston, “travel will quickly become difficult Tuesday morning and will last until late afternoon due to low visibility and snow-covered roads,” the National Weather Service warned. Clearing snow from roads could take some time as wet snow and freezing temperatures could lead to icy conditions, the Massachusetts governor said.

• Residents are invited to stay at home: Governors in several states, including New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts, are urging people to work from home and avoid nonessential travel due to concerns about blowing snow and high winds.

• More than 1,000 flights canceled: Air transport in the region is already affected. Of the more than 1,000 flight cancellations in the United States as of Tuesday, the majority are occurring to or from major airports in New York, Boston and New Jersey, according to FlightAware.

• Power outages: In addition to widespread snowfall, Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected, according to the Weather Prediction Center. Power outages are possible as the combination of dense, wet snow and strong winds could damage trees and power lines, the weather service said.

• Winter Storm Warnings: Weather advisories and winter storm warnings extend Tuesday from the northern tip of Virginia to Pennsylvania and along the coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts. The heaviest snowpack is expected to be quite narrow and snowfall totals could vary significantly between towns separated by only 20 to 30 miles.

• Strong winds and flooding along the coast: Between 2 and 3 feet of coastal flooding is also possible at high tide from New Jersey to southern New England, including Long Island and Connecticut. The coast could experience strong winds of up to 45 mph. Cape Cod could experience devastating wind gusts of up to 60 mph.

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The snowy weather will mark a significant change of pace for the region as many Northeast cities face their warmest winter on record. Historically, February is the snowiest month of the year for most major cities in the region due to northeast winds like this.

“Mother Nature is sending us her love this Valentine’s Day in the form of a massive snowstorm,” New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said Monday. She warned of dangerous travel conditions Tuesday morning and possible power outages.

Central Park in New York saw more than an inch of snow before 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Before the storm, the New York City Transportation Authority began preparing rail lines, bridges and subway systems, including equipping buses with snow chains and placing de-icing and snow trains. removal of debris from outside lanes.

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“People are used to a pretty mild winter, so take all necessary precautions,” Hochul said. “If you can work remotely, that’s great, because we want to make sure our roads are clear for plows, as always. »

In Massachusetts, where Boston could see up to 7 inches of snow, Gov. Maura Healey warned that snowfall could become too heavy for snow plows to keep up.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy warned people to “take this seriously” as parts of the state are looking at up to a foot of dense, wet snow. The state transportation commissioner urged residents to stay home and use “extreme caution” if they must venture outside.

CNN meteorologists Eric Zerkel and Sara Tonks, along with CNN’s Rob Frehse, Sarah Dewberry, Nic F. Anderson and Celina Tebor contributed to this report.

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