The Northeastern United States braced for winter weather on Thursday, with storm warnings in place from Pennsylvania through ME and forecasters calling for more than a foot of snow in some places.
The storm, while potent, will move through quickly Thursday - ending in Philadelphia by midday, by around sunset in New York City and 10 p.m.in Boston.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the entire state beginning Thursday morning, with the potential for big storm amounts as the day progresses.
The snow is expected taper off by the early afternoon in the Philadelphia and New York City areas, but New Englanders should brace for snowfall through the evening commute.
Nonetheless, we believe it is a possibility on Cape Cod for a time Thursday afternoon.
Near whiteout conditions are predicted for some areas, and at the height of the storm, snow could fall at a rate of two to four inches per hour.
- A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from Thursday morning until 4 p.m. for most of our area.The warning will begin at various times, depending on where you are, but the start time is 4 a.m.in Philadelphia.
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Between I-195 and the Atlantic City Expressway, ultimate snow totals may be mitigated by the relatively late transition from rain to snow. Visibility and traction will be very poor during the peak of the storm.
Also Wednesday morning, there is nothing on the radar.
On a day forecast to rise into the 50s for many - and still likely to do so along and South of the Massachusetts Turnpike - how can such a treacherous start to the day result? Sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours after the snowfall has ended.
Wind gusts will pick up, too, and as temperatures fall Thursday night, wind chills will fall below zero for most.
One that touched down east of downtown New Orleans was rated at least an EF2, considered a significant tornado with winds between 111 and 135 miles per hour, CNN affiliate WDSU-TV reported.
Meantime, across Southeast Mass, the temperatures are warm enough for mostly rain as the east winds bring in a brief window of warmth. By 9 AM we're in the thick of it, with the heaviest snow falling between 9 AM to 6 PM. Road treatments held up through the night. Vehicles must be removed from the roads by then or face ticketing. Freezing temperatures should carry through Friday.
Over at The Westchester in White Plains, it's more of the wait and see approach, although the shopping destination is prepared for the snow.