Reporting Lonnie Quinn
NEW YORK (AP/CBS New York) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials will once again be tested as they try to handle another potentially highly disruptive storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, with heavy snow for the New York City area as the same storms that hit the South and Midwest over the weekend arrived in the Northeast on Tuesday night and were expected to stick around until Wednesday afternoon, producing a broad-scale, very disruptive snowstorm.
The weather service expects about 8 to 14 inches of new snow in most places.
The snowfall, which was expected to be the heaviest from New Jersey up through southeastern New England will lead to school closings, major travel problems and even a daycare crisis over much of the Northeast.
Along Interstate 95, from Philadelphia through New York City, was expected to be a major snowstorm, but probably not an all-out blizzard. However, it will be worse than this past Friday-Saturday snow event.
Eastern Long Island could get up to 15 inches of snow. From New York City to Hartford, 8 to 16 inches of snow is expected. From Providence up through Boston and Portsmouth, there is the potential for 18 inches.
The worst conditions and an old-fashioned nor’easter are aiming for southeastern New England from central Connecticut to eastern Massachusetts and coastal Maine, where strong winds will kick up as the storm finally strengthens,
The warning went into effect at 7 p.m. Tuesday and was to last until 6 p.m. Wednesday. It covers New York City, Long Island , Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange counties. and parts of northeast New Jersey.
The snow is courtesy of two low pressure systems headed to the Tri-State. One was pushing into the Ohio Valley from the west. The other was pushing up from the south into Delaware along the Atlantic coast.
As Tuesday night progressed the Tri-State was to see increased wind, with the heavy snow following after midnight.
Temperatures were expected t0 drop to a low of 23.
The heaviest snowfall was expected overnight into Wednesday. Wind gusts could reach 35 mph. Visibility could be less than a quarter mile at times, and travel will be dangerous.
Winter Storm Warning in NJ – Coastal Ocean, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Monmouth, Eastern Passaic, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Northwestern Burlington, Ocean, Somerset, Southeastern Burlington, Sussex, Warren, Western Bergen, Western Monmouth, Western Passaic
Winter Storm Warning – Bronx, Eastern Dutchess, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeast Suffolk, Northern Westchester, Northwest Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Richmond (Staten Is.), Rockland, Southeast Suffolk, Southern Westchester, Southwest Suffolk, Western Dutchess
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