After slamming parts in the South over weekend, a strong snowstorm was moving north on Monday, producing heavy powder over parts of the Northeast, Central Appalachians, Lower Great Lakes and Central Appalachians. The coast of New England was expected to see rain.
According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning was in effect from western North Carolina through Maine as of Monday morning.
Here’s Monday’s forecast:
An additional inch of snow was expected to fall in Ohio areas by the morning. Western Pennsylvania was likely to see snow overnight, with sleet and freezing rain. Further north, the Buffalo region could see snow accumulations of up 14 inches on Monday. Wind gusts as high as 40 mph are expected throughout the day. Similar conditions were also expected in Albany, parts Connecticut, and western Massachusetts. Morning commutes could prove difficult or impossible in some areas, especially in areas where high winds are forecast, which could result in the destruction of tree branches.
According to the Weather Service, most of New York City’s area, including New Jersey, was under a flood advisory or warning. Interior New Jersey and Hudson Valley could see up to four inches of snow or ice. New York City was expected to receive a light snow covering with some freezing rain, before it turns to rain.
“It is going to be solidly a rain event overall for the New York City area,” said David Stark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Wind gusts as high as 50 m.p.h. He stated that they were more concerning than rain or snow.
The storm knocked out power to thousands of people.
The storm made a mess of parts of the South this weekend. The Associated Press reported that two people were killed after their car crashed into trees and they were driving off the road. They were declared dead at the scene.
Thousands of people were also without power in nine states due to the storm. According to PowerOutage.us which aggregates data from all Utilities in the United States, around 200,000 customers were without power as of Monday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, some areas in the South, where governors declared emergency states, had received more snow than nine inches. Other parts of central South Carolina had a half-inch.
“This storm is going to be pretty significant in terms of generating travel impacts, outages and things of that nature,” said Rich Otto, a meteorologist with the Weather Service.
Frank Pereira, a National Weather Service meteorologist, stated that more than a quarter inch of ice had accumulated in parts Piedmont areas of North and South Carolina on Sunday.
Gov. Roy Cooper, North Carolina Governor, warned residents to avoid the roads Sunday at a news conference because some parts of the state have received as much as a foot of snow.
“For today, the best way to avoid a car accident or getting stranded is to stay put,” he said.
According to the Weather Service, two tornadoes were also created by the storm system in southwestern Florida Sunday morning. Local officials confirmed that there were no reports of any deaths.
Three people were treated with minor injuries. There was widespread damage to 108 mobile home parks in Fort Myers’ Iona McGregor section, Fla. According to Richard Rude (a meteorologist with National Weather Service Tampa), there was extensive damage. Local officials estimated that 200 people were affected.
Grace Ashford, Jesus Jiménez, Eduardo Medina Christine ChungContributed reporting
Source: NY Times