If you’re in the Northeast, get ready for some bone-chilling cold. A nor’easter is forming off the U.S. East Coast, spreading snow across much of the Midwest and Northeast today and early Friday, piling up impressive snow amounts in the Northeast. Meanwhile, blowing snow and bitter cold will accompany the storm, an added danger for the New Year’s first winter storm.
Quick fact: About a third of the nation (100 million people in 22 states) are in the path of this storm.
Due to the threat for heavy snowfall, Winter Weather Advisories stretch all the way from southern Illinois to western New York and central Pennsylvania. This includes Indianapolis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Buffalo, N.Y.
Farther east, Winter Storm Warnings cover most of New York, eastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware, New Jersey, and most of New England, including Philadelphia, New York City and Albany, N.Y., Hartford, Conn., Boston and Portland, Maine.
A Blizzard Warning has also been issued for Long Island and the south shore of Massachusetts, including Cape Cod.
Quick fact: Mercury freezes at around -38°F, so some locations in upstate MN can’t even use a mercury thermometer to tell how cold it is. But don’t fret — our network will be measuring this blizzard’s temperature, wind gusts and more right in your neighborhood!
The highest snow amounts from this storm are expected from eastern New York across northern and central New England, with 12 to 18 inches possible from Albany, N.Y., to Boston, and across much of Vermont, New Hampshire and coastal Maine.
The combination of heavy snow and strong winds will result in dangerous wind chills along with blowing and drifting snow, with near-blizzard conditions possible along the coastal areas of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where whiteout conditions will significantly impact travel. Blowing and drifting could also impact Long Island.
Around 12 inches of snow is expected across southern New England into the northern suburbs of New York City. For New York City itself, 4 to 8 inches of snow could accumulate by Friday morning. Farther south, Philadelphia could see 4 to 6 inches of snow, while the Baltimore-Washington metro area will pick up 2 to 4 inches.
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team