Winter storm watch issued for weekend

Alicia Cross
March 25, 2018

Forecasters say the storm is expected to dump three to six inches of snow on the watch area between Friday night and Saturday evening, and some areas could be blanketed with up to eight inches of snow.

The largest snow accumulation totals in the state were in Suffolk County (19.3 inches in Bay Shore), Nassau County (14.4 inches in Old Bethpage) and Queens (13.7 in Bayside). Take comfort in knowing even in years when the snow is very deep in March it still is usually gone in that first week of April.

With a drying east wind, there is expected to be a sharp cut-off in precipitation with minor snowfall amounts expected in Chicago itself and 1 to 3-inches across closer-in counties just to the west and south of Chicago. The storm passed east over the mid-Atlantic states before heading out to sea and then curving north toward Atlantic Canada. Around 10 PM, cooler air wraps into the system and will begin to switch over to a wintry mix of rain/snow/sleet, before it changes over to all snow overnight.

Winter Storm Toby looks absolutely massive from outer space, confirming it's a serious storm that will continue to bear down on major East Coast cities throughout the day Wednesday. The other passengers were in critical condition, NBC New York reported. NY had at least 5 inches ahead of the evening commute and braced for a total of 6 to 12.

Meanwhile, a new storm is forming in the Dakotas.

Metro-North has already announced reduced service on Wednesday due to the storm.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 5,500 utility workers and 300 National Guard members were standing by.

In areas northwest of D.C., rain will fight the sleet and snow line throughout the afternoon.

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In Washington, government offices will open two hours later Thursday, as the city digs out from 4 to 6 inches of snow.

More than 4,400 flights were canceled within, into or out of the United States on Wednesday, and more than 600 flights have been canceled so far on Thursday, according to aviation data services company FlightAware.

That snowstorm is expected to spread into Minnesota on Friday evening.

The relatively warmth of the ground temperatures kept many pipes from freezing.

The forecast remains active with another storm in the forecast by the weekend ahead.

New York's LaGuardia Airport said on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon that airlines had cancelled all remaining flights for the rest of the day.

"The snow itself is not a threat at this stage of the bloom cycle", park service spokesman Mike Litterst said in email, adding that the blooms are "still safely ensconced in the tight buds".

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