Winter Storm Pushes North After Bringing Snow to the South – The New York Times

January 17, 2022 by No Comments

After slamming parts of the South over the weekend, a strong winter storm was pushing north on Monday, producing heavy snow over parts of the Lower Great Lakes, Central Appalachians and the Northeast. Rain was forecast for the coast of New England.

As of early Monday, a winter storm warning stretched from western North Carolina up through Maine, according to the National Weather Service.

Areas across Ohio were expected to see an additional inch of snow through the morning hours; Harpersfield, northeast of Cleveland and next to Lake Erie, had received 22.5 inches of snow as of Monday morning, according to the Weather Service. Freezing rain and sleet was expected to change to snow overnight and through the morning for western Pennsylvania. Farther north, in the Buffalo region, snow totals were expected to reach up to 18 inches, with gusty winds as high as 40 miles per hour through the day. Grand Island, N.Y., had received 22 inches of snow by 10 a.m. on Monday, the service said. Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain were forecast for the Albany region. Parts of Connecticut saw similar wet conditions.

The Weather Service said there were gusts of over 60 miles per hour along the Connecticut and New York coasts, but added that the strongest winds had passed. Early morning commuting was expected to be difficult to impossible in some regions, particularly in areas forecast to receive high winds, which could bring down tree branches.

Most of the New York City area, including parts of New Jersey, was under a coastal flood warning or advisory, the Weather Service said. Up to four inches of snow and ice was expected for interior parts of New Jersey, and parts of the Lower Hudson Valley had accumulated more than eight inches of snow by Monday morning. New York City saw a light coating of snow with a forecast for rain later.

“Slow down if you’re heading out early this morning,” said the Weather Service in New York. “While the rain tapers, winds remain blustery as our storm system tracks north.”

David Stark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said that the city would see mostly rain but that wind gusts of up to 50 m.p.h. were of greater concern than snow or rain.

The storm had also affected air travel. By 10 a.m., more than 1,400 flights within, into or out of the United States had been canceled, according to FlightAware, with more than 400 cancellations for flights in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport alone. Amtrak canceled more than a dozen trains on Monday, including service between Washington and Chicago and service between Harrisburg, Pa., and New York.

Over the weekend, the storm wreaked havoc over parts of the South. Two people were killed in a car accident east of Raleigh, N.C., after driving off the road into trees, The Associated Press reported. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The storm also left tens of thousands of customers without electricity from Georgia to Massachusetts, according to PowerOutage.us, which aggregates data …….

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/us/snowstorm-updates-northeast.html

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