East Coast on alert for blizzards as storm system approaches – Reuters

(Reuters) – A winter storm expected to dump hefty amounts of snow bore down on a wide swath of the U.S. East Coast on Sunday, prompting a blizzard warning stretching from New Hampshire to Philadelphia, the National Weather Service said.

The blustery weather also led to winter storm warnings and advisories in states stretching from Maine to Indiana, which could snarl transport from Monday in an area where more than 60 million people live, it said.

The National Weather Service has predicted heavy wind gusts and as much as 11 inches (28 cm) of snow for Boston and 8 inches (20 cm) of snow for New York City starting on Monday and through the night.

The weather service expects as much as 8 inches of snow for western Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, while parts of New Jersey through eastern Massachusetts may get 6 to 12 inches of snow by Tuesday morning.

“It’ll come in as a light snow, light rain mixture as early as early evening and then gradually changing over to snow, but the heaviest will be later tonight and throughout Monday morning,” NWS meteorologist Kevin Witt said on Sunday.

The storm is expected to hit rush hour traffic and cause flight delays, Witt added.

“It’s going to greatly reduce the traffic speed and maybe cause some roads to be at a standstill … Those who need to go to work or need to go out should expect double time,” Witt said.

Snow will continue to fall across the Upper Mid-Atlantic region and New England on Tuesday, the weather service said.

The region dealt on Saturday with freezing rain and snow that crippled travel. A highway motorist in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, was killed in a collision with a tractor trailer in one of dozens of accidents that forced temporary closure of some state highway lanes, a state police spokesman said.

(Reporting By Brendan O’Brien; Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Gareth Jones)


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