The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey, continues its Winter Storm Warning for portions of central, northern and northwest New Jersey and east central and southeast Pennsylvania until 3 a.m. on Thursday. This includes Albany, Hartford, Portland and the Boston metro area.
A slight consolation is that the storm is not expected to bring the coastal flooding like the one last week.
New Yorkers were ready for snow - but not the thunder and lightning that came with it.
Some areas outside Philadelphia already have seen the kind of fast and heavy snowfall that forecasters fear will plague motorists in NY and New England later in the day.
Any snow in southern New England should end in the morning. The governors of New Jersey and Pennsylvania declared states of emergency.
Strong winds may persist in ME, eastern New Hampshire and eastern MA much of the day, but will slacken off elsewhere. An initial wave of moisture worked in from our west as some light rain showers and sleet mixed with and changed over to some light snow. Other sources have predicted as high as 18 inches of wet, heavy snow in the northern parts of New Jersey.
He said that his administration would deploy workers and equipment to the areas expected to be hit, particularly in the eastern part of the state, and that people without power should consider leaving their homes on Wednesday morning when the snow starts to fall. Thundersnow is also a possibility.
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Trees laden by heavy snow and buffeted by wind gusts hitting 35 miles per hour toppled onto power lines.
Nonessential second-shift state employees are being told not to report to work Wednesday evening. The driver reportedly escaped without injury.
All schools were closed in Philadelphia, while other schools across the region canceled classes or shortened the school day ahead of the storm, local news media reported. Officials have not yet released their identity.
The snow should taper off late Wednesday night as the storm moves northeast out of the area. The coastal low will be positioned somewhere near the Jersey shore and Long Island later this afternoon, throwing Atlantic moisture into cold air and producing rounds of heavy snow.
At one point, snow fell at 1 to 2 inches per hour in some areas.
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The National Weather Service Office in Cleveland is forecasting total snow accumulations of 5 to 12 inches in the Meadville area by Friday afternoon.
This comes just days after another storm knocked out power to millions, some of whom are still waiting to have their service restored.