The heaviest snow is expected to fall Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning at a rate of 2-3 inches an hour, the weather service said.
Total accumulations will range from 6 to 12 inches for New York City, parts of Yonkers and Westchester County, western Long Island and northeastern New Jersey; 3 to 6 inches for coastal New Jersey and eastern Long Island; and 10 to 15 inches for northwestern New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley and most of CT.
Motorists should expect hard travel conditions due to snow-covered roads and reduced visibility in many parts of the region. "It won't be the same devastating storm in terms of wind and wet snow, but certainly a significant and impactful one".
"Then it keeps snowing until Tuesday morning", he said. We are likely again to see some windy conditions, rain and eventually snow as well before the system exits the area. Wet snow will bring an added threat of downed trees and power failures, the storm watch said.
"Widespread accumulation snowfall across the interior, with amounts near 12-16" of snow could fall. The storm is expected to reach the Long Island and New Jersey shorelines Wednesday evening and night, bringing heavy snow and rain.
A storm that dumped rain along the West Coast is moving eastward.Storms will stretch from the Upper Midwest to almost the Gulf Coast Monday morning. The forecast is challenging so stay with us as we get more data in today. Fallen trees also killed a man and a 6-year-old boy in different parts of Virginia, an 11-year-old boy in NY state and a man in Newport, Rhode Island.
There is still some uncertainty on when the precipitation will change to snow and when the heaviest snow will occur, the weather service said. Here is what to expect during the storm. Look for the snow to move into western and central Wisconsin this afternoon into early this evening. In the aftermath of Winter Storm Elsa, we expect a partly sunny, breezy, chilly Friday with lows in the mid to upper 20s and highs in the low and middle 40s. "Typically, that is north and west of I-84, and if that's the case, some of those areas could see 12-14 inches of snow". This is when we turn our clocks ahead 1 hour when we go to bed Saturday night.
High pressure should push in from the west Wednesday giving us partly sunny skies.