Federal forecasters said the “biggest snowstorm of the season” was likely to leave piled snow on the streets of New York City Tuesday morning.
The front will blast points north and east with snow, as well, the National Weather Service said, with as much as 8 inches likely in New England.
“New York City will be on the southern edge of the heaviest snowfall and could mix with sleet at times, limiting snowfall to the 2-6-inch range, but still likely the biggest snowstorm of the season,” the service said. in forecast discussion.
Snow was expected to start falling Monday afternoon and was likely to change to snow overnight, forecasters said. In the case of New York City, it may snow this morning, according to the weather service office that covers the area.
Still, forecasters were expecting a rare accumulation of snow this winter. There was a 76% chance that Central Park would receive at least 2 inches of snow overnight, according to NBC New York.
Much of the Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey could get a half-century of snow when all is said and done, the station said.
The forecast prompted Gov. Ned Lamont of nearby Connecticut to close all state buildings controlled by his office on Tuesday. In a statement on Monday night, he urged the people of his state to stay off the roads if possible.
“We’ve been lucky so far this winter season with very little snow so far, but that looks like that will change Monday night as a significant snowstorm moves through Connecticut,” Lamont said.
He ordered non-essential state workers to work from home or, failing that, stay put, as 600 road salting and snow plowing trucks were deployed to clear Connecticut roads. keep open.
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said Monday that power outages were possible in the central and western regions of the state, where higher snowfall was expected.
Federal forecasters blamed a system, with cold air “locked in place,” moving eastward from the Great Lakes into the Northeast and eventually into the northern edges of New England.
The winter storm warning system and winter weather advisories have been triggered from central Pennsylvania to coastal Maine.
Federal forecasters in Buffalo, in Western New York, said the storm had already brought a 4-inch blanket of snow in just a few hours Monday night.
The National Weather Service office covering Buffalo described it on Twitter as a “heavy snow flurry.”
The storm was bringing steady rain to Baltimore and Washington, DC, on Monday, and the Allegheny Mountains to the west were likely to receive freezing fog, the weather service said.
Gemma DiCasimirro helped.