Blizzard Begins to Lash City as Snow Forecast Shrinks to 16 Inches

Posted March 14, 2017

We may be springing forward, but the winter weather isn't over yet.

Blizzard conditions and a blanket of heavy snow is expected in the regions. Much more, in fact.

The storm is still being tracked, but some estimates project up to 18 inches of snow will fall on parts of every New England state, except for Vermont.

The blizzard warning in effect for NY is likely to see winds of 25-35 miles per hour (40 to 56 kilometers per hour) and could see gusts as high as 55 miles per hour, which could hamper visibility, Di Spigna said.

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has issued a Winter Storm Warning for snow, which is in effect from 7 PM Monday to 2 PM EDT Tuesday.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he had not ruled out the possibility of a travel ban on Tuesday.

Last week in NY, temperatures hovered near 70 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Accuweather.com, and hit 60 degrees or higher on six days in February.

Snowfall in southern New Hampshire and ME is also expected to total more than a foot.

"Just because it's not as bad as predicted in terms of snowfall doesn't mean it's good", Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Wind gusts will frequently top 40 miles per hour and could near 60 miles per hour at times on Long Island.

In Boston, the forecast now calls for northward winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 55 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch from New York City up to Boston on Sunday ahead of a nor'easter storm. "Strong winds will bring the potential for blizzard conditions and near white-out conditions at times". Then the snow will start coming down heavily.

A coastal flood advisory also will be in effect from 8 a.m.to noon Tuesday for the lower New York Harbor, Newark Bay and portions of northeast New Jersey.

After a roller-coaster of weather the past few weeks, Mother Nature's gearing up to dump more than a foot of snow on North Jersey starting early Tuesday. "If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency", the weather service said. For most of MA, it is expected to begin prior to 8 a.m. That heavy snow will taper off to snow showers in the evening. It has snowed 20.5 inches so far this season compared to 32.3 inches by this time in 2016, an amount that was buoyed by one of the largest snowstorms in the city's history last January.