Winter storm forecast: Nor'easter bringing heavy snow and coastal flooding

Heavy snow will spread across the Northeast beginning late Monday and into Tuesday, with some areas seeing up to two inches of snow per hour, National Weather Service forecasters said.

This is not a long lasting storm; The snow will come down quickly and sometimes accumulate a foot or more.

Jan. 29, 2022 Even Central Park, which hasn't been covered in half a foot or more of snow since Tuesday afternoon, will see the return of sledding, snowballs and snowmen.

  • More than six inches of snow fell in New York City. It will start as rain in the city and turn to snow during the Tuesday morning commute.

  • There is some uncertainty in the New York metro area when precipitation changes from rain to snow, which will ultimately affect snow totals.

  • Heavy snow will fall from northern New Jersey to southern New England. Cities like Boston could get a foot or more of snow.

In its latest forecast early Monday, the weather service said its forecasters expect Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley to see at least six inches of snow.

Heavy snow will fall in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York before a watch for southern New England on Tuesday. The weather service said. Forecasters are expecting up to a foot of snow in those areas, particularly in the Catskills of New York and the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

A Winter Storm Warning Sent from Pennsylvania to coastal Massachusetts, where winds could reach 35 to 40 mph and snow accumulations could reach 10 or 13 inches. A storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Inland areas of northeastern New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley and southern Connecticut can expect heavy wet snow with accumulations of up to 12 inches, with locally heavy amounts, especially north of I-84, late Monday night. The weather service said.

Forecasters warned of strong winds and heavy snow that could damage trees and power lines.

Five to eight inches of snow is expected in the New York City metro area and Long Island. That could make for rough travel, especially during the Tuesday morning commute, forecasters warned.

The New York State Department of Transportation said it was monitoring weather conditions and was ready to respond with an array of heavy equipment, including 1,544 large plow trucks and 36 snow blowers.

However, other areas had slightly different products in mind.

Dean Ryder, owner of Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Putnam County, New York, said he is preparing for an influx of customers. The ski area may double its attendance after a big snowstorm, he said.

Thunder Ridge runs classes that regularly attract skiers, but they're “nothing compared to Blizzard” when it comes to drumming up business, he said. “It's about looking out your window.”

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Judson Jones Contributed report.

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