A dangerous nor’easter delivering some of the heaviest snowfall the east has seen in years arrives on Wednesday, with over 2 feet possible, while bringing damaging winds that could lead to power outages.
One of the biggest snowstorms to strike the East arrives on Wednesday, prompting winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories that extend from Maine as far south as Georgia.
The region is expected to receive the heaviest snowfall it has experienced in years. Some areas could see over two feet of snowfall, while many areas are expected to receive a foot of snow or greater. The heaviest snowfall will arrive in the evening hours.
Another concern will be high, potentially damaging winds that could bring power outages to the region.
Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolfe signed a disaster emergency proclamation in advance of the storm, NBC reported.
At a press conference on Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to take precautions.
“This is going to be a serious storm,” de Blasio said, “and people need to take it seriously.”
Officials advised residents to stay home and avoid travel if it all possible. Black ice and slick road conditions are expected to make travel hazardous.
The snowfall expected to taper off by Thursday afternoon.
Here are the weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS) for Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
Winter storm warning: Washington, D.C.; Delaware; central and extreme western Maryland; northern Virginia; eastern West Virginia; western and central, northeastern and southeastern Pennsylvania; central Ohio; New Jersey; south-central and eastern New York; western New England areas; Connecticut; Rhode Island; Massachusetts; southern Vermont; southern New Hampshire; southern Maine.
Winter weather advisory East: northern and central Georgia; northwest South Carolina; western and northwest North Carolina; western Virginia; southeast West Virginia; central and northern Kentucky; southern Indiana; southwestern, northern and east-central Ohio; western, northwestern and northeastern Pennsylvania; extreme western Maryland; western, northern and south-central New York; northern Vermont; northern New Hampshire; southern Maine.
Winter weather advisory West: northeastern, northwestern, southwest and eastern Oregon; southeast Washington; central and southwestern Idaho; western Montana; northern California; northern, northeastern and western Nevada; Utah.
High wind warning: central and north-central Montana; southeastern Wyoming; western Nebraska.
West: San Francisco 58, mostly cloudy; Los Angeles 74, sunny; Reno 49, partly cloudy; Las Vegas 59, sunny; Salt Lake City 39, partly cloudy; Denver 42, partly cloudy.
Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 49, rain; Medford 47, rain; Boise 41, cloudy; Cut Bank 39, windy; Billings 42, partly cloudy; Minot 34, snow; Rapid City 45, rain.
Southwest: Phoenix 64, sunny; Albuquerque 43, sunny; El Paso 55, sunny; San Antonio 60, sunny; Brownsville 65, sunny.
Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 54, sunny; Dallas 49, partly cloudy; Oklahoma City 37, partly cloudy; Kansas City 35, partly cloudy; Minneapolis 30, partly cloudy.
Ohio Valley: Chicago 34, snow; St. Louis 37, snow; Detroit 34, snow; Cincinnati 40, rain.
South: Houston 52, mostly sunny; New Orleans 52, partly cloudy; Memphis 41, partly cloudy; Atlanta 44, rain; Charlotte 40, rain; Jacksonville 64, rain; Tampa 78, thunderstorm; Miami 81, partly cloudy.
East: Norfolk 58, rain; Washington, D.C. 38, rain; Buffalo 31, snow; New York City 35, snow; Boston 28, mostly cloudy; Caribou 8, sunny.