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Winter storm warnings – latest: NYC schools close tomorrow in anticipation of possible ‘thunderstorm’

A truck pulled out of the snow as extreme cold hit New York last month

The northeastern United States is bracing for a winter storm that could bring several inches of snow and coastal flooding to several states.

Several northeastern states are under winter weather warnings through Tuesday evening, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). For parts of New Jersey and Connecticut, the storm could bring a foot of snow — and New York City is expected to see up to eight inches before Wednesday, the NWS forecasts.

Thunderstorms — when lightning forms within a snowstorm — could also hit New York City, NWS meteorologist Bryan Ramsey said. The independent. Forecasters will have more details on the storms as the afternoon progresses.

Parts of New York state could also experience coastal flooding from Tuesday morning until noon, the NWS said.

The officials are warning Residents have been forced to avoid travel and prepare for significant delays at the airport as the storm blows through.

This nor’easter comes a little more than a month after the first winter storm of 2024 hit the region, ending two years of snowless streaks in several cities, including New York and Philadelphia. Last month’s Indigo storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes, caused chaos at airports and killed several people in the United States.

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Eric Adams defends his decision to do distance learning on Tuesday

Eric Adams passionately defended officials’ decision to make school virtual on Tuesday, rather than canceling completely in favor of a traditional snow day.

“My mother had to walk us to school with her arthritic knees,” Mr. Adams said at a news conference Monday. “If you’re a parent and you’re not willing to use a computer for your child, that’s a sad comment.”

“So you can’t tell me that Mom took me to school with arthritic knees on a snowy day and you’re frustrated that you have to settle for a computer – that’s not acceptable to me,” he continued.

He highlighted the need for children to “catch up” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our children need to learn,” Mr. Adams said. “They are behind schedule. We need to catch up, that’s what we need to focus on. “

Katie HawkinsonFebruary 12, 2024 6:40 p.m.

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New York authorities issue code blue for unhoused people

Ahead of tonight’s winter storm, New York City issued a “code blue,” meaning that shelters cannot turn away unhoused people seeking housing while that code is in effect.

New York City officials will also operate 24-hour shelters and recruit volunteers to contact vulnerable people and inform them of available resources.

Katie HawkinsonFebruary 12, 2024 6:30 p.m.

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Stay home or take public transit tomorrow, says NYC mayor

As New York City prepares for a heavy snowstorm expected to hit Monday night into Tuesday morning, Mayor Eric Adams asked residents to avoid traveling if possible.

“If you don’t have to go out, stay home,” Adams said at a news conference Monday afternoon. He also asked residents to use public transportation if they need to travel to ensure roads are clear for snow removal vehicles. Parking was also canceled for Tuesday.

Katie HawkinsonFebruary 12, 2024 6:12 p.m.

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Possibility of thunderstorms in New York: NWS

There are preliminary indications that New York City could experience thunderstorm snow – that is, simultaneous snowfall and thunderstorms – during this week’s storm, according to National Weather Service meteorologist, Bryan Ramsey.

“Right away, [thundersnow] is something we are considering,” Mr Ramsey said The Independent. “So that might be added to our forecast, but I would wait to say for sure.”

Thunderstorm snow is quite rare because thunderstorms generally require warm air to trigger. This strange event occurs when warmer air collides with cold, snowy systems, causing turbulent winds. In turn, these winds cause ice crystals to collide and cause charges high enough to trigger lightning, Mr. Ramsey said.

Mr Ramsey said The independent that forecasters will know more about the likelihood of a snowstorm in the coming hours.

Katie HawkinsonFebruary 12, 2024 5:32 p.m.

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SEE: Model of hourly snowfall rates forecast for Tuesday

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New York City Public Schools Plan for Tomorrow’s Virtual Learning

New York City public schools will move to distance learning Tuesday as the city prepares for a severe winter storm, Mayor Eric Adams wrote on X.

On Monday night, the city expects up to eight inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. Travel will be dangerous and power outages are likely.

Katie HawkinsonFebruary 12, 2024 5:00 p.m.

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Winter storm will bring chaos to Tuesday morning rush hour

Northeast residents should prepare for morning rush hour issues, the National Weather Service (NWS) says.

“The Tuesday morning commute is expected to be *difficult*, particularly the I-78 and I-80 corridors, but I-95 northwest will need to be cautious,” the department said. NWS for Philadelphia/Mount Holly wrote about X.

Those who travel by air will not fare any better, as the NWS as New York warns that several inches of snow will likely cause delays at area airports.

Katie HawkinsonFebruary 12, 2024 4:49 p.m.

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Northeast braces for storm as western U.S. recovers from extreme weather

The southwest United States is reeling this week from a devastating rainstorm that killed at least nine people and caused hundreds of mudslides in California.

The atmospheric river that caused the storm dumped nearly six months of rain on the region.

Now this storm is moving east, bringing winter storm conditions to New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma this week. AAssociated Press reports.

Katie HawkinsonFebruary 12, 2024 4:22 p.m.

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Nor’easter could bring heaviest snow to New York in two years

New York City is expected to receive 5 to 8 inches of snow from this week’s winter storm, according to the National Weather Service.

If the Big Apple reaches at least six inches, it will be the city’s biggest snowfall since January 2022, CNN reports.

For nearly two years, New York City saw no recordable snow. They ended that streak last month, when a nationwide winter storm swept through the Northeast and ended the snow-free period in several cities.

Katie HawkinsonFebruary 12, 2024 3:55 p.m.

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Tuesday will bring strong wind gusts and flooding

Monday’s nor’easter will bring strong winds and coastal flooding Tuesday morning.

Wind gusts could reach up to 50 miles per hour, National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts. Meanwhile, the risk of coastal flooding in New York will peak Tuesday morning and midday.

These gusts could cause widespread power outages throughout the region.

Katie HawkinsonFebruary 12, 2024 3:37 p.m.

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