States of emergency have been declared in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the “life-threatening” nor’easter that is packing blizzard conditions and a blanket of heavy snow.
Travel was dismal, with thousands of flights canceled for Tuesday. Amtrak also canceled or modified service up and down the Northeast Corridor, and motorists were urged to stay off the roads.
The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a “Snow Alert” that began in advance of the storm. Calling a Snow Alert allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows, preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed. Nearly 700 salt spreaders and 1,600 snow plows were be deployed across the five boroughs.
Thousands of flights were canceled and school districts across the entire region were closed in advance of the nor’easter. Several states have declared a state of emergency, including New York and New Jersey. Heavy snow will continue to spread across the region through Tuesday, with blizzard conditions possible from northeastern Pennsylvania through Maine. The powerful nor’easter could dump up to 2 feet of snow in the eastern half of the state. Winter storm warnings are in effect from West Virginia to Maine.
States of emergency have now been declared in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut as a result of the storm, which is being classified as a nor’easter. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has already imposed one statewide beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday’s blizzard will ultimately consist of two larger storm systems — which have merged together into one. The end result is “a very strong winter storm that could be life-threatening for those who do not pay attention to safety precautions on Tuesday morning.
New York City has seen 36 winter storms since 1869 that have produced a foot or more of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Just four of those storms have occurred in March, with the last happening March 3-4, 1960.