The New York City area was placed under a 35-hour blizzard warning beginning Monday afternoon, with more than 2 feet of snow expected to create “paralyzing, crippling” conditions, forecasters said Sunday.
It’s part of a storm system that’s expected to pummel the Northeast from Philadelphia all the way to northern New England with potentially “historic” snow accumulations well into Tuesday night.
The National Weather Service estimated that 29 million people will come under the blizzard warning, which covered a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast. More than 3,100 flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday were canceled in advance.
The worst of it will be late Monday through Tuesday night, with blizzard conditions, damaging wind gusts to possibly hurricane strength and coastal flooding, the National Weather Service said. The nation’s largest city was put under an extraordinarily long blizzard warning stretching from 1 p.m. Monday to midnight Tuesday.
The forecast means New York City could smash its one-day snowfall record — 26.9 inches, recorded in Central Park in February 2006.
“Very highly populated areas of the Northeast are going to get crushed with snow,” said Tom Moore, coordinating meteorologist for The Weather Channel. “Everywhere … you’re going to get hit very hard by this storm.”
“This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Sunday. “My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged people to stay at home and said potentially dangerous conditions could mean shuttering the New York City subway, suburban commuter rail services and buses, as well as major roads, like the Long Island Expressway. Many school districts were letting students out early on Monday in the New York City area.
“This is going to be a big one, historic,” The Weather Channel’s Moore added. “There could be paralyzing, crippling blizzard conditions.”
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