‘Life-threat­en­ing’ bliz­zard to bring heavy snow­fall

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - By Deepti Ha­jela

Sand­wiched NEW YORK — be­tween days that felt like spring last week and the of­fi­cial start of spring next week, a “life-threat­en­ing” nor’easter is poised to bring a re­minder that win­ter isn’t over yet, with bliz­zard con­di­tions and a blan­ket of heavy snow ex­pected in the mid-At­lantic and North­east.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gists were call­ing for snow­fall to­tals as high as 20 inches in New York City from the storm’s start late Monday through Tues­day evening. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice warned that bliz­zard con­di­tions of wind gusts over 35 mph and low vis­i­bil­ity would ex­tend from the Philadel­phia area to Maine.

The weather ser­vice’s of­fice near Philadel­phia called the storm “life-threat­en­ing” and warned peo­ple to “shel­ter in place.” Coastal flood­ing was also pre­dicted.

Travel was sure to be dis­mal: About 5,000 Tues­day flights were can­celed as of late Monday af­ter­noon , Am­trak can­celed and mod­i­fied ser­vice up and down the North- east Cor­ri­dor and mo­torists were urged to stay off the roads.

In New York City, the above-ground por­tions of the sub­way sys­tem were be­ing shut down from 4 a.m. Tues­day. Con­necti­cut Gov. Dan- nel P. Mal­loy im­posed a statewide travel ban be­gin­ning at 5 a.m.

The fore­cast prompted early de­ci­sions to c lose schools on Tues­day in New York City, Philadel­phia, Bos­ton and many places in be­tween.

New York City Mayor Bill de Bla­sio urged res­i­dents to avoid un­nec­es­sary travel and help keep the roads clear. “We’re preparing for a sig­nif­i­cant storm on Tues­day, and New York­ers should also pre­pare for snow and dan­ger­ous road con­di­tions,” de Bla­sio said.

The storm comes a week af­ter the re­gion saw tem­per­a­tures climb into the 60s. Spring of­fi­cially starts on March 20.

Bank teller Jana White said her plans for rid­ing out the storm in­clude “lots of hot choco­late and a cou­ple of sappy movies.” The 23-yearold Trenton, New Jer­sey, res­i­dent said she ex­pects to get Tues­day off work.

The heav­i­est snow­fall was ex­pected Tues­day morn­ing through the af­ter­noon, with snow­fall rates as high as 2 to 4 inches per hour. Coastal flood warn­ings were in ef­fect from Mas­sachusetts to Delaware.

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