NYC, Boston Weather Prompts School Closures

by 24USATVFeb. 12, 2024, 8:20 p.m. 22
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S​chools are closed tomorrow in Boston and New York City and travelers are being warned of potential airport delays and hazardous conditions along Interstate 95 ahead of a winter storm heading toward the region.

T​he system was named Winter Storm Lorraine by The Weather Channel. It will become a nor'easter as it nears the East Coast, which happens when a strong area of low pressure features winds from the northeast off the Atlantic Ocean.

T​he storm is packing the potential for snowfall amounts not seen in more than two years in the Big Apple.

“The last time Central Park had a snowstorm drop 3-6 inches or more was Jan 28-29, 2022, when they got 8.5 inches. This storm is likely to be the heaviest since that one, with exact forecast totals dependent on the rain to snow changeover," weather.com senior meteorologist Chris Dolce said Monday morning.

“Where it does snow, it’s going to be coming down pretty heavy. Some places could see snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour.”

Total accumulation could reach a foot in places like Rhode Island,​ Massachusetts and Connecticut, combined with high winds.

“I think we’ll have some sporadic power outages, we’ll have some coastal flooding around high tides,” weather.com on-air meteorologist Ari Sarsalari said.

"Please stay off the roads tomorrow," Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said. "Wherever possible, make plans to be indoors."

T​he mayor declared a snow emergency, which puts parking restrictions in place to make room for snow clearing equipment.

Travel delays are also possible. A​irlines including Delta and United are waiving change fees at major airports in cities along the path of the storm, including Baltimore, Boston, the New York metro and Washington.

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