Nor'easter expected for major metro areas Wednesday
New York City, with snow already on the ground Tuesday, waits for another storm.
January 25th, 2011
03:08 PM ET

Nor'easter expected for major metro areas Wednesday

Forecasts show a strong snowstorm may hit major metropolitan areas in the eastern United States on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and snow and mixed precipitation also could complicate travel in parts of the South.

Winter storm watches are in effect for southern New England (including the Boston area), all of the New York city area, and the Philadelphia and Washington areas.

Winter storm watches for Wednesday/Thursday weather also were in effect for parts of western Virginia, eastern West Virginia and Kentucky. Further south, a winter storm watch was in effect for western North Carolina, and winter storm warnings have been issued for much of Tennessee and parts of northern Mississippi and northern Alabama.

In the New York City area, 4 to 8 inches of snow will be possible Wednesday night into Thursday morning, with isolated amounts of 10 inches or more in some locations, CNN Meteorologist Sean Morris said.

The Boston area may get up to a foot of snow Wednesday night into Thursday morning, though snowfall may be light over Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and nearby islands, Morris said.

In Philadelphia, snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected on Wednesday morning, turning to heavy snow by Wednesday evening. Accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are possible, with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible on Wednesday evening, according to Morris.

Wednesday morning's commute in the Philadelphia area could be treacherous due to the possibility of freezing rain coating streets, bridges and overpasses. The greatest accumulations are expected along the I-95 corridor, Morris said.

Snow accumulations of 5 or more inches are possible in the Washington area Wednesday night into Thursday morning. However, the main threat could be freezing rain overnight, causing treacherous driving conditions.

The storm may cause long delays and flight cancellations at airports in northeastern and Washington airports, Morris said.

Morris said the system is a nor'easter, which gets its name from the continuously strong northeasterly winds blowing in from the ocean ahead of the storm and over the coastal areas.

Snow is expected to start earlier in the South. In northeastern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama, rain could change to snowfall by Tuesday night, and snow could continue into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are possible in those areas, the weather service said.

Rain also is expected to change to snow in Tennessee late Tuesday or early Wednesday, with snow accumulations of about 2 to 4 inches, the weather service said.

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  1. sean

    I am all for a little global warming, when daytime highs are 8 degrees with nightly lows of -10 a little warmth would be great. Here in Boston its been a snowy and cold winter....even for the northeast

    January 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nexus

    It's winter in the northeast.......let it snow.....skiing is great, come on over....

    January 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr. Davidson

    When you read this ,if you don't take it too seriously ,it can be quite funny.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Avsec bostjan


    January 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Avsec bostjan

    OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USSR = USA at >> <> <<

    January 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. USA! USA! USA!

    Harbonym makes me go to the bathroom

    January 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. eric

    Does anyone think it will actually snow?? So far all predictions have been wrong.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. maury

    All I can say is that I do not regret moving to florida. 70's and 80's that's all we got last week.good luck guys, see u when u turn 80 to move down here.keep the heater on!!!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donnalee

    No one ever said that the predicted 7 signs from The book of Revolation's in
    the Bible would happen in 7 days... I'm just saying that it's food for thought!!!! I think that if we're not
    careful we may just miss "those signs & we may be handed to "heck in a

    January 26, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. sukramalik

    History will always repeat itself-there was once a great flood.then there once an iceage.REMEMBER2012the movie.HMMmmm. ther is always a message in a movie.

    January 26, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    @Fake Cesar. Hi. It's Paris, not Perris. If you're gonna use the name Cesar spell correctly, you dummy.

    January 26, 2011 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Oh, how I love Perris!!!!

    January 26, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    One day, I shall learn French, and dine in Perries, we???

    January 26, 2011 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    I'm confused. Am I talking to myself? I am going to sleep-maybe? Good mornight.

    January 26, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. ItalicsMine

    I remember the first time it ever snowed on Cape Cod people ran outside to take pictures. That was in the mid 1990s.
    Now it snows all the time.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
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