A storm is fast moving towards the densely populated area of Northeast of North America, bringing more than a foot of snow, strong winds, and coastal flooding.
Severe weather changes:
Severe changes in temperature are expected for some areas. New York and Philadelphia experienced 60 degrees weather on Wednesday, then expected a half foot of snow on Thursday, followed by bitter cold temperate on Thursday night.
Rain will fall on eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey early Thursday morning before becoming snow later the same morning, during morning commute. Boston and New York City are predicted to get 8 to 12 inches of snow, while Philadelphia will get 6 to 8 inches, and over a foot of snow is expected to fall on Eastport in the far eastern part of Maine.
Benjamin Sipprell, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts, said it was going to be a strong storm. It originated in the Ohio River Valley and keeps getting stronger as it crosses Appalachia
Severe condition ahead:
Whiteout, or near whiteout, conditions are possible as snow is expected to fall 2 to 4 inches per hour during the storm’s peak, prompting the weather service to issue a blizzard warning for some coastal areas.
Across much of the region power outages could occur, as high winds reaching 50 mph, will move in following the storm, temperatures are also forecast to sharply drop well into the 20s.
Preparations and precautions:
Ahead of the storms, cities have been taking precautions; communities announced parking restrictions some school systems canceled classes on Thursday including Providence, Rhode Island, while Connecticut canceled most court activities taking place on Thursday.