A nor’easter is expected to bring heavy snow and coastal flooding

Heavy snowfall will spread across parts of the Northeast late Monday into Tuesday, with some areas expected to see up to two inches of snow per hour, National Weather Service forecasters said.

  • Snow is more likely for New York City, with over six inches possible. It will start out as rain in the city, and will most likely change to snow around the morning commute on Tuesday.

  • There remains some uncertainty about exactly when precipitation will change from rain to snow in the New York metro area, which would affect the final amount of snow.

In its latest forecast early Monday, the Weather Service said its forecasters are confident Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley will get at least six inches of snow.

The heaviest snow will fall in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York before reaching southern New England on Tuesday, the weather service announced. In those areas, particularly in the Catskills of New York and the Berkshires of Massachusetts, as much as a foot of snow is expected, forecasters said.

A winter storm was in effect for Long Island, New York City and parts of northeastern New Jersey, meaning there was the potential for heavy snow or significant ice accumulations.

The storm will be accompanied by strong winds and coastal flooding. Coastal flooding is expected for the Jersey Shore and Long Island, according to the weather service.

A winter storm warning has been set for Sussex County, New Jersey, and Carbon and Monroe counties in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, where winds could gust up to 35 mph and snow accumulations could reach up to 10 inches. A storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A winter storm warning was also issued for Orange and Putnam counties in New York from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Inland parts of northeastern New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley and southern Connecticut can expect heavy wet snow with accumulations of up to nine inches, with locally higher amounts, especially north of I-84, late Monday night. the weather service announced.

Forecasters warned that strong winds and heavy snow could damage trees and power lines.

One to two inches of snow was expected in the New York metro area and Long Island.

The New York State Department of Transportation said it was monitoring weather conditions and was ready to respond with an array of heavy equipment, including 1,544 large plow trucks and 36 snow blowers.

However, other areas had slightly different preparations in mind.

Dean Ryder, owner of Thunder Ridge Ski Resort in Putnam County, New York, said he is bracing for a potential influx of customers. He said the ski area could double attendance after a major snowstorm.

Thunder Ridge holds classes that regularly attract skiers, but they’re “nothing compared to a blizzard” when it comes to generating business, he said. “There’s just something about seeing it outside your window.”

Judson Jones contributed to the reporting.

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