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

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.

  • 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 about when precipitation will turn from rain to snow in the New York metro area, which will ultimately affect snow totals.

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 said up to a foot of snow was expected in those areas, particularly in the Catskills of New York and the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

A winter storm watch was in effect for Long Island, New York City and part of northeastern New Jersey, meaning there is the potential for heavy snow or significant snow accumulation.

Strong winds and coastal flooding will accompany the storm. Coastal flooding is expected along the Jersey Shore and Long Island. According to the weather service.

A Winter Storm Warning A forecast was sent to Sussex County in New Jersey and Carbon and Monroe counties in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, where wind gusts of 35 mph and snow accumulations of up to 10 inches were possible. A storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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A winter storm warning was also issued for Orange and Putnam counties in New York from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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

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

One to two inches of snow is expected in the New York City metro area and Long Island.

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 continues to host classes that attract skiers, but “they're nothing compared to Blizzard” when it comes to boosting business, he said. “It's about looking out your window.”

Judson Jones Contributed report.

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