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. kim

    Well more strange weather.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    That is strange for Miss. And Al.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dylan

    let it snow better than rain sort of like the old days

    January 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Speaking of snow, once I fed my dog some left over pizza. The next day he barked with an Italian accent.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bernard F.

    Already going down as one our worst winters in NY...Old Man Winter Needs to "Chill" Out...!!!

    January 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty J.

      Must be global cooling. What can we blame that on...?

      January 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rowland

    Life on the east coast in the winter time can't wait until the summer comes

    January 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    Global warming in full effect? Lol – what a joke!

    January 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Ignorance! Global warming will melt ice caps that will cool the waters of the upper part of the world causing winters to get colder in the north.

      January 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty J.

      @ Sam. How will melting ice cool the ocean, the ocean temperature near the polar caps is already colder than 32F...? Global warming has been occuring for the past 15,000 years, some periods seeing even larger warming trends than we have seen in the last 200 years.

      January 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    I wished it snowed like that in PERRIS????

    January 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fran

    What r they saying?

    January 25, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kathy

    Global warming? This northeastern weather is like that movie,"The Day After Tomorrow". Is that what we're expecting? Will this get worse every year? The climate might be changing to the point that the winters in the south will be like the winters in the north now until they are reversed. I mean I had a dream several years ago where it snowed in July in the south and it was hot in the north. never know...

    January 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty J.

      Plate tectonics will eventually make this a reality. In about 50 million years!

      January 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RW

    When does spring training start?!?!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Trayfoot

    The summers get hotter,(and more violent). The winters get warmer,(even with all the snow). I'll enjoy all the winter I can till dreded summer comes back!

    January 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JazzDad

    Go Pack Go!

    January 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tv

    For the latest NYC metro exact total predictions go to

    January 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Belzar

    I sure hope it snows so we can get some of the National Guard Troops deployed overseas back here to take care of the mayhem bound to be created by all the white stuff! Please. It's the North East wait is that why it's called a Nor' Easter?

    January 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
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