Many people on the East Coast are waking up to snowfall. It may look beautiful from your window but it can become dangerous if they have to commute.
Fox 5 NY reported the National Weather Service calling for the storm to hit New Jersey, New York City and Connecticut. A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect until noon on Friday.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites will open at noon—to avoid the worst of the storm.
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“Snow has spread throughout the entire area,” NWS New York tweeted at 3. ET. “Air and Roadway temperatures are generally near or below the freezing point. All roads in the area are now dangerous for travel.
The snow is expected to fall on Thursday night and continue through Friday. New York/New Jersey Metro Area is expected to receive up to five inches of snow. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority prepared for the storm by preparing its “deicer car” as well as a snowblower train that uses jet engines to remove snow from tracks.
Eric Adams, the city’s new mayor, took to Twitter Thursday to say teams are “working through the night to meet this winter weather head-on. My team will be meeting at 4 AM to review the storm response and direct resources as needed.
On Thursday, parts of the South were hit by a winter storm that brought freezing rain and snow to Tennessee and Kentucky. Nashville had 6.3 inches of snow, which broke the city’s 1977 record of four inches.
Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, declared a State of Emergency due to the snowfall. He urged everyone to stay off the roads in his state. Road accidents were reported across the state. Beshear closed the state offices at noon on Thursday and extended the closure to Friday.
The largest snowfall by Thursday evening was 8 to 9 inches in a swath from Elizabethtown to Bardstown and Nicholasville to Lexington, said meteorologist Brian Schoettmer of the weather service’s Louisville office. Eastern Kentucky saw 6 to 8 inches and western Kentucky saw 3 inches.
AccuWeather, the forecasting service, said the eastern part of the U.S. could experience the season’s first bomb cyclone—which is when heavy precipitation and powerful winds are produced by a quick drop in barometric pressure, Reuters reported.
“The farther north you go, the bigger the snow accumulations,” Bernie Rayno, AccuWeather’s chief video meteorologist, said.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press
Source: Fox News