Officials in New York City are bracing for a looming winter storm
A massive winter storm swept across the northeastern US on Tuesday, putting more than 30 million people under weather warnings.
Up to 8 inches of snow was expected in New York City and up to 6 inches possible in parts of New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut.
Heavy snowfall hampered morning commutes in major cities including New York City, Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Schools were closed in several states and people were asked to stay off the roads where possible.
Tuesday’s snowstorm was the first major event of its kind in New York City since February 2022, the National Weather Service said.
It led to the closure of the US’s largest public school system for the day and a return to remote learning. However, the AP reported that children had difficulty logging in for classes on Tuesday.
Traffic in the city was disrupted and the metro system and other train networks reported delays.
More than 1,400 flights were delayed in the US, with La Guardia and JFK in New York, Newark in New Jersey and Boston Logan the hardest hit.
More rain heading west
A new storm system will make landfall from the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing another wave of moisture and areas of locally heavy precipitation to the West Coast, the National Weather Service reported.
This includes heavy rainfall in coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest and as far north as California. Several centimeters of rain may fall locally.
Further inland, over the higher terrain of the Cascades, the Sierra Nevada and gradually the northern Rockies, this precipitation will fall as heavy snow.
As much as 1 to 6 meters of new snow with isolated heavier amounts can be expected Thursday.
The West Coast, and especially California, has been ravaged in recent weeks by atmospheric “rivers in the sky” that have caused flash floods, landslides and mountain snowstorms.
Louise BoyleFebruary 13, 2024 6:11 PM
Race to succeed George Santos in Congress reaches stormy climax in New York
An unusual special election in the New York City suburbs on Tuesday could be a bellwether in the battle for control of Congress.
Former U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, a Democrat, is running against Republican Mazi Pilip, a district lawmaker, in a race for a House of Representatives seat left vacant when George Santos was expelled from Congress.
The contest, fought in a district that includes the suburbs of Long Island and a small corner of Queens, has offered a preview of the political strategies both parties could use in the fall, with the campaigns pushing messages on immigration, abortion and public safety testing. New York is expected to host a handful of congressional battleground races this year and the special election could provide clues as to how crucial districts might lean.
Still, forecasts for November could be complicated as turnout, already expected to be low given the shortened race, could be further hampered by a storm expected to dump several inches of snow on the district on Election Day. (AP)
Louise BoyleFebruary 13, 2024 5:49 PM
More wintry conditions are forecast across the US later this week
A weak storm system will move through the Central Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes region tomorrow through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, bringing several inches of snow.
However, temperatures for much of the Midwest will remain above normal, while temperatures in the Northeast will remain slightly below normal.
There will be the start of a rush of Arctic air from Canada into the northern Highlands by late Wednesday and Thursday, setting the stage for even colder temperatures to arrive towards the latter part of the week.
Louise BoyleFebruary 13, 2024 5:31 PM
New York Mayor Eric Adams visits his old public school to check on snow removal
New York Mayor Eric Adams visited the Queens borough on Tuesday to monitor snow removal efforts by Sanitation Department crews.
City officials warned people to stay off the roads if possible as the storm continued throughout Tuesday.
Louise BoyleFebruary 13, 2024 5:14 PM
Pictured: Flights canceled and delayed at New York airports
Louise BoyleFebruary 13, 2024 4:58 PM
‘Puke’ snow in Connecticut
A Connecticut resident shared a photo of the storm “vomiting” snow on Tuesday.
Self-proclaimed weather enthusiast Michael Solomonides posted an image on X, formerly Twitter, of the snow piles outside his window at 9 a.m. EST. He said 9.7 inches had fallen in East Farmington Heights so far.
Louise BoyleFebruary 13, 2024 4:41 PM
The power is down
More than 140,000 people were without power in Pennsylvania on Tuesday during the severe winter storm.
More than 12,000 people had also lost power in New Jersey, and almost 5,000 in New York.
Further south, 11,600 people in North Carolina experienced outages, according to poweroutage.us.
Louise BoyleFebruary 13, 2024 4:20 PM
Watch: New Jersey covered in heavy snow
Blizzard: Conditions in New Jersey
Louise BoyleFebruary 13, 2024 4:00 PM
The first major snowfall in New York in two years is causing disruptions
Tuesday’s snowstorm was the first major snowstorm in New York City since February 2022, the National Weather Service said.
It led to the closure of the US’s largest public school system for the day and a return to remote learning. However, the AP reported that children struggled to log in for classes on Tuesday.
Traffic in the city was also disrupted, with the metro system and other train networks reporting delays.
Louise BoyleFebruary 13, 2024 3:46 PM
Wind and coastal warnings accompany the snow
The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for the New York region until 6 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday.
Due to the high tides, coastal flooding warnings and advisories were in place for the entire coastline.
According to the NWS, a gale warning was also in effect for ocean waters today.
Louise BoyleFebruary 13, 2024 3:29 PM