At Least Eight States Being Pummeled By Late Winter Blizzard On The East Coast
Snow will continue to spread northward into Tuesday night.
For many areas in the Northeast, this will likely be the biggest and most impactful storm of the winter.
Heavy snow over such a broad, heavily populated area could bring travel to a standstill. Snow and snow drifts will clog streets and highways. Heavy snow and wind will cause airline delays and flight cancellations. Some flights have already been canceled ahead of the storm.
For thousands of miles of roads in the region, this will be an unusually cold storm for the middle of March. Much of the snow that falls will rapidly accumulate on the roads across the interior of the mid-Atlantic and New England. Some people could become stranded on area highways.
“Residents should prepare for school closures and potential cancellations of sporting events due to hazardous travel for players and fans,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
In some areas where a change to sleet and rain does not occur or is delayed, blizzard conditions will develop. This is most likely in portions of New England, southeastern New York state, northern New jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
However, extensive blowing and drifting snow will also occur as far west as western Maryland and eastern West Virginia.
At this time, it appears that areas from eastern West Virginia and northern Virginia to northern Maryland, central and eastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, central and southeastern New York state and a large part of New England will be shoveling 6 inches or more of snow from the storm.
Snowfall could rival that of March 1993 blizzard
The heaviest snow is likely to fall near the I-81 corridor of Pennsylvania and along part of the New York Thruway in the Hudson Valley of New York, I-91 in northern Connecticut and Massachusetts and I-93 in New Hampshire. In this zone, from 1 to 2 feet of snow can pile up with locally higher amounts possible. Drifts up to several feet are likely.
All according to AccuWeather