Winter Storm Forecast: Easter will not bring heavy snow and coastal flooding
National meteorologists said heavy snowfall will spread across parts of the Northeast starting late Monday and continuing into Tuesday, with some areas expected to receive up to two inches of snow per hour.
This is not a long-lasting storm. The snow will fall quickly and in some cases accumulate to a foot or more.
Even Central Park, which hasn’t been covered in a half-foot of snow or more since Jan. 29, 2022, could see the return of sledding, snowballs and snowmen by Tuesday afternoon.
Here are key things to know about the storm.
Snow appears to be more likely in New York City, with more than six inches possible. It will start raining in the city and is likely to turn to snow on Tuesday morning.
There is still some uncertainty about exactly when precipitation will change from rain to snow in the New York metro area, which could impact eventual snow totals.
Heavy snow will fall from northern New Jersey to southern New England. Cities like Boston will likely receive a foot of snow or more.
Snow will likely fall from the mid-Atlantic across New England.
In its latest forecast early Monday, the National Weather Service said forecasters are confident Connecticut and the lower Hudson Valley will see at least six inches of snow.
The National Weather Service said the heaviest snow will fall in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York before reaching southern New England on Tuesday. Meteorologists said up to a foot of snow was expected in those areas, especially in the Catskills in New York and the Berkshires in Massachusetts.
A winter storm watch was in effect for Long Island, New York City and part of northeastern New Jersey, meaning there is a possibility of heavy snow.
The storm will also be accompanied by strong winds and coastal flooding. Coastal flooding is expected on the Jersey Shore and Long Island, According to the meteorological service.
A winter storm warning has been posted from Pennsylvania to the Massachusetts coast, where winds could reach 35 to 40 mph and snow accumulations could reach 10 and perhaps even 13 inches. A storm warning is in effect until 6pm Tuesday.
Interior portions of northeastern New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley and southern Connecticut can expect heavy, wet snow with accumulations of up to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts, especially north of I-84, late Monday night, the weather service said.
Meteorologists warned that strong winds and heavy snow could damage trees and power lines.
Five to eight inches of snow is expected in the New York City metro area and Long Island. Meteorologists warned that this could make travel difficult, especially during the Tuesday morning flight.
The New York State Department of Transportation said it was monitoring weather conditions and was prepared to respond with an array of heavy equipment, including 1,544 large plow trucks and 36 snow blowers.
However, other regions had slightly different preparations in mind.
Dean Rader, owner of Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Putnam County, New York, said he is preparing for a potential influx of customers. He said the ski area could double its attendance after a big snowstorm.
Thunder Ridge hosts classes that regularly attract skiers, but that’s “nothing compared to a blizzard” when it comes to boosting business, he said. “It’s just something about seeing it outside your window.”
Judson Jones Contributed to reports.