Snowstorm ramps up across NJ; over a foot expected

Snowstorm ramps up across NJ; over a foot expected

A nor'easter expected to hit New Jersey, according to meteorologists, will bring heavy rain for most of the state but some areas may be covered in snow.

The system was forming off the coast and was expected to reach the Northeast later Tuesday.

Overall, accumulations around the metro area will be 6 to 12 inches, with up to 15 inches north of New York City, the weather service said. Thundersnow is not out of the question. Coastal alerts were issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts (AAP).

The bulk of wind and wintry precipitation will move through during the day on Wednesday.

The weather service expects travel to be "very hard to almost impossible" due during the evening commuting hours.

Snowfall Tuesday night through Wednesday evening will be a heavy, wet snow, and could result in downed trees and power lines, along with additional power outages, according to the forecast. It brought wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour, risky storm surge and historic coastal flooding.

New York City public schools are open Wednesday.

More than 45 schools have announcements.

The clean-up from Friday's storm continues and as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 10,115 Sussex County customers of Jersey Central Power and Light and 5,811 of the utility's Warren County customers remained without power.

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Amtrak canceled some Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone Service and Empire Service trains in the region, and Metro-North Railroad planned to run fewer trains during the morning and evening rushes. Pennsylvania and NY banned big rigs from some major highways.

Transportation departments in Philadelphia and Boston loaded up salt trucks and pre-treated roads on Tuesday afternoon, and some airlines already were waiving ticket change fees for airports in the storm's projected path, such as Newark, Philadelphia, Boston and New York's JFK.

The latest storm aiming for the East Coast has created white-out conditions in parts of the Northern Plains and the Midwest because of the combination of high winds and heavy snow.

That means crews will be getting plows and equipment ready and coordinating response efforts before the first flakes begin to fall.

Around 2:30 p.m., 16-year-old Hassan Boyd pedaled his bike up South Street in Middletown, near the SUNY Orange campus.

Accumulating snow is in store for major cities including Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Conn., and Boston.

The bad weather resulted in almost 100 flight cancellations and more than 150 delays at the Minneapolis airport as of mid-afternoon.

The mayors of Bridgeport, Stamford, and Norwalk have all declared snow emergencies ahead of the storm.