Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Snow snarls evening commute as storm hits US Northeast

Snow snarls evening commute as storm hits US Northeast

Experts say the unusual phenomenon is caused by shallow layers of rising, unstable air.

"Everyone should expect a long and challenging commute this evening", Baker said.

How will it affect major cities? More than 90,000 homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday, mostly in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and NY. Some areas will get as much as 2 to 3 inches of snow an hour. Philadelphia should pick up 8 inches and Boston should get 4 inches. Baker noted that tides are not as astronomically high as at the height of last week's storm, but could still bring additional flooding woes.

More than 50 million people from Maryland to ME are under winter storm warnings and watches across a swath of the Northeast.

"The storm will still pack a punch from New Jersey to Maine", AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Nonessential second-shift state employees are being told not to report to work Wednesday evening.

Transportation departments in Philadelphia and Boston loaded up salt trucks and pre-treated roads Tuesday afternoon, and some airlines already were waiving ticket change fees for airports in the storm's projected path, such as Newark, Philadelphia, Boston and New York's JFK.

With the heaviest precipitation expected late in the day, most area schools are in session but some have cancelled after-school activities or will dismiss students early.

More than 50 million people live in areas under a winter storm watch or warning. But motorists are being urged to avoid travel if possible so crews can treat and clear roadways as needed.

A lineman repairs utility lines from a bucket truck along Route 3A in Marshfield Mass. in the aftermath of a nor'easter storm on Sunday
Snow snarls evening commute as storm hits US Northeast

Several Amtrak trains scheduled for Wednesday runs in the Northeast corridor were also cancelled.

A wintry mix of snow and rain is falling along the East Coast as another nor'easter takes aim at the region.

More than a foot of snow is forecast for some interior areas, the weather service said. Pennsylvania and NY banned big rigs from some major highways.

The storm was not predicted to be as severe as the nor'easter that toppled trees, inundated coastal communities and caused more than 2 million power outages from Virginia to ME last Friday.

The governors of New Jersey and Pennsylvania declared states of emergency, giving them access to support from the US government if needed.

Another nor'easter is threatening communities up and down the East Coast, closing schools and city offices and causing outage concerns for utility customers still trying to bounce back from last week's storm.

Boston public schools along with dozens of schools throughout New England canceled classes on Thursday as local officials and forecasters warned commuters of whiteout conditions and slick roads.

While the winds will not be as strong as they were during last week's "bomb cyclone" storm, the snow this time will be heavier and fall on more populated areas.

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