NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some Thanksgiving travelers along the East Coast were heading out early throughout the day Tuesday, because of a forecast calling for a nor’easter that will bring rain and snow.
Some flights were already canceled as of late Tuesday, and some schools had already called off classes for Wednesday.
“I think people are saying ‘we might get a few inches, but what if we get a lot and get snowed in,'” Tony Otro told CBS2’s Weijia Jiang.
Traffic jams lasted well past rush hour on Tuesday, and so did lines to get gas along the New Jersey Turnpike.
“The traffic getting out of Manhattan tonight was unbelievable. The night before the worst travel night was the worst travel night we’ve had in a long time, so tomorrow we’re hoping for the best,” TJ Moroney said.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning for New York City as well as for parts of Long Island, Westchester County, New Jersey and Connecticut.
A winter storm warning was also issued for parts of the lower Hudson Valley and northeast New Jersey.
Late Tuesday, CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn forecast that most of the Tri-State Area would see a rain-snow mix. The shoreline areas on Long Island and New Jersey, as well as the Rockaways and the Brooklyn shoreline, will see rain, Quinn forecast.
Areas north and west of the city – specifically north of Route 84 — will see all snow.
Forecasters say 1 to 3 inches of snow is possible in the city with 3 to 6 inches expected just north and west of the city. More than 6 inches of snow could fall in the far northwest suburbs.
The precipitation is expected to start as rain before changing to wet snow in the afternoon and evening.
Travelers at Newark Liberty International Airport were getting out of Dodge early on Tuesday night, avoiding the busiest travel day of the year, and escaping whatever mother nature throws our way.
“It’s going to be warmer in Iceland than it is going to be here, and there’s no snow there,” Iceland bound Maurice Castelbuono told CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco.
Marianne and Michael Terrigno were headed to Virginia from Long Island and were already delayed.
“Normally it should only take six hours. It’s probably going to take eight,” Michael said.