Heavy snow will spread across parts of the Northeast starting Monday evening and continuing through Tuesday, with some areas expected to receive up to two inches of snow per hour, National Weather Service forecasters said.
This is not a storm that lasts long; snow will fall quickly and in some cases pile up to a foot or more.
Even Central Park, which hasn’t been covered in a half-foot or more of snow since Jan. 29, 2022, could see the return of sleds, snowballs and snowmen by Tuesday afternoon .
Here are the key things to know about the storm.
Snow appears more likely in New York, with a possibility of more than six inches. It will start with rain in the city and will most likely change to snow around Tuesday’s morning commute.
There remains some uncertainty as to exactly when precipitation will change from rain to snow in the New York metro area, which would affect eventual snow totals.
The heaviest band of snow will fall from northern New Jersey to southern New England. Cities like Boston are likely to receive a foot of snow or more.
Snow is likely from the Mid-Atlantic to New England.
In its latest forecast Monday morning, the weather service said its forecasters were confident that Connecticut and the lower Hudson Valley would see at least six inches of snow.
The heaviest snowfall will fall in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York before spreading to southern New England on Tuesday, the weather service said. Up to a foot of snow is expected in these areas, particularly in New York’s Catskills and the Berkshires in Massachusetts, forecasters said.
A winter storm watch was in effect for Long Island, New York City and part of northeastern New Jersey, meaning there is a risk of heavy snowfall.
High winds and coastal flooding will also accompany the storm. Coastal flooding is forecast for the Jersey Shore and Long Island, according to the weather service.
A winter storm warning was issued from Pennsylvania to coastal Massachusetts, where winds could reach gusts of 35 to 40 miles per hour and snow accumulation could reach up to 10 or even 13 inches. The storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Inland areas of northeastern New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley and southern Connecticut can expect heavy, wet snowfall with accumulations of up to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts. high, especially north of I-84, late Monday night, the weather service said.
Forecasters warned that strong winds and heavy snow could damage trees and power lines.
Five to eight inches of snow were expected in the New York metro area and Long Island. That could make travel difficult, especially during the Tuesday morning commute, forecasters warned.
The New York State Department of Transportation said it was monitoring weather conditions and was prepared to respond with a range of heavy equipment, including 1,544 large snow plow trucks and 36 snow blowers .
However, other regions had slightly different preparations in mind.
Dean Ryder, owner of Thunder Ridge Ski Area in New York’s Putnam County, said he is preparing for a potential influx of customers. He said the ski area could double its attendance after a big snowstorm.
Thunder Ridge hosts courses that regularly attract skiers, but those are “nothing compared to a snowstorm” when it comes to driving business, he said. “It’s just something to see it out the window.”
Judson Jones reports contributed.