- Winter Storm Lorraine will spread into the Northeast Monday night through Tuesday.
- Significant snow and strong winds will impact the Northeast.
- The Boston, Hartford and New York City metro areas will all be impacted by snowfall.
Winter Storm Lorraine will become a nor’easter as it brings heavy snow and strong winds to the East early this week, including from the Boston to Hartford and New York City metro areas. Travel in the region could be affected much of Tuesday as the storm quickly tracks eastward.
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Here’s where Lorraine is located right now: The storm is currently dropping snow over parts of the Plains and Ozarks, as the latest radar shows below. Rain and thunderstorms are spreading across the South.
Winter storm alerts are posted for the Northeast: The National Weather Service has hoisted winter storm warnings from southern New England to southeast New York, northern New Jersey and central and northeast Pennsylvania.
Expect a potentially snowy Tuesday morning and/or afternoon commute in the affected areas of the Northeast, depending on the location. Flight delays are also possible at the major Northeast hubs Tuesday.
It’s best to avoid travel in the locations where winter storm warnings are in effect until the storm exits.
Here’s the latest timing and impacts for this winter storm: Lorraine will bring snow or a mix of rain and snow to parts of the Ozarks, Ohio Valley, Tennessee Valley and Appalachians through Monday night.
Snow or rain changing to snow will arrive in the Northeast early Tuesday. The snow, falling at rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour at times, should affect travel much of the day in the Northeast, while tapering from west to east. Much of the storm’s snowfall will be over with by Tuesday night.
Wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph could accompany the snowfall in some areas, reducing visibility. Scattered power outages and some tree damage cannot be ruled out.
Minor to moderate coastal flooding could also occur with the Tuesday daytime high tide, from southern New England to the mid-Atlantic coast. The Jersey Shore is particularly at risk for moderate coastal flooding inundation.
Here’s how much snowfall to expect: The map below shows our current snowfall forecast for the Northeast. Most areas from northeast Pennsylvania to southeast New York and southern New England can expect 5 to 12 inches, with locally higher totals possible. That includes the Boston, Hartford and Providence metros.
New York City should see at least 3 to 5 inches inches of snow. Totals here are still uncertain and will depend on how quickly rain changes to snow. A quicker changeover to snow could raise totals over 5 inches, while a slower changeover might reduce totals. Regardless, the heaviest totals in the New York City metro will be just north and northwest of the city.
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Northeast Snow Drought
It will have been at least two weeks, if not longer, since it last snowed in what’s been another paltry winter of snowfall in the Northeast.
Boston, New York City and Pittsburgh each have season-to-date snowfall deficits of at least 15 inches through Feb. 8. New York’s 2.3 inches is just ahead of the record-low pace from one year ago, when only 0.4 inches had fallen.
Most stunning is typically snowy Syracuse, New York. Their 28-inch seasonal total sounds impressive, but that’s 55 inches – or over 4.5 feet – behind their average pace. It’s their lowest season-to-date total in 91 years.
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