By Dave Collins | Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. — Parts of the Northeast were bracing Monday for a coastal storm expected to bring high winds and dump a foot or more of snow in some areas, leading to school closings, warnings against road travel and a possible interruption of flights. .
The nation’s largest school system in New York announced Tuesday that it was moving to remote learning and closing its buildings due to the impending storm.
“With several inches of snow, poor road visibility and possible coastal flooding headed our way, New Yorkers should prepare ahead of tomorrow’s storm and take necessary precautions to stay safe,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams in a statement. . “If you don’t have to be on the roads tomorrow, stay home. »
Some of the highest snowfall was forecast for New York’s northern suburbs and southwest Connecticut, where snowfall of 12 to 15 inches was possible, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts could reach 60 mph (100 km/h) off the coast of Massachusetts and 40 mph (65 km/h) in inland parts of southern New England.
“It will make traveling difficult tomorrow morning,” Christina Speciale, a meteorologist with the weather service in Albany, New York, said Monday. “This is a fast-moving storm, so things should be resolved by tomorrow afternoon.”
Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey asked all non-essential executive branch employees not to report to work on Tuesday. Boston schools were closing and a parking ban was in effect. Similar closures and bans have been put in place in other cities and towns. Emergency services had equipment to help keep the roads clear.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said the city’s homeless shelters would remain open.
“With our first major snowstorm arriving this winter, city crews are ready to clear our roads and respond to any emergencies during the storm,” Wu said.
Healey warned of downed power lines and coastal flooding, saying the heaviest snowfall would occur between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“Let’s be smart and not too flippant,” Healey told reporters. “We haven’t seen big storms in a while, but teams are predicting this will be a real storm.”
Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee signed an executive order Tuesday closing state government offices and banning tractor-trailer travel on all highways and state highways starting at midnight.
McKee said he issued the tractor-trailer ban in coordination with Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.
Pennsylvania transportation officials warned against unnecessary travel and said vehicle restrictions would go into effect early Tuesday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other major roads.
The city of Scranton said City Hall would be closed Tuesday, a public meeting on stormwater projects was canceled and downtown parking was prohibited to allow for quick snow plowing of streets.
Area airports have asked travelers to check with their airlines in case of cancellations or delays.
Power companies said they were preparing to respond to possible outages that could occur due to trees and branches falling on power lines.
“Hazardous conditions can also make it difficult for our crews to travel, which is why we are mobilizing additional personnel and equipment across the state to ensure we are ready to respond as quickly as possible,” said Steve Sullivan , president of Eversource’s electrical operations in Connecticut.
The storm was expected to bring mixed weather conditions to New Jersey. Most of the northern and central part of the state expected 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimeters) of snow, with more in some places.
Rain was expected elsewhere in the state, with about an inch of snow possible toward the end of the storm if temperatures became cold enough. Rain was forecast to begin Monday evening, then change to snow in northern areas early Tuesday. Officials said traveling would be dangerous in North Jersey.
Dozens of shoppers loaded snow shovels and bags of melted ice into their cars Monday afternoon at a Lowe’s home improvement store in Stony Brook, New York, where up to 10 inches of snow was forecast.
“I’m just trying to make sure I’m ready early,” said Mark Richardson, 29, as he unloaded a yellow shovel from the back of his SUV. “This will be the first big snowfall this year. All I have to do is get to the highway and I’ll be fine.
Richardson, an ironworker, said he planned to shovel his driveway early Tuesday morning and try to make it to his regular commuter train to New York.
At a news conference, New York City officials said that despite snow forecasts, they had no plans to relocate people from several large heated tent shelter complexes built for thousands of homeless migrants.
“These structures are designed to withstand severe weather,” said the city’s Emergency Management Commissioner, Zachary Iscol. He said the city was not expecting the type of high winds or coastal flooding that caused one of the tent shelters to be evacuated last month.
In the South, flood watches covered much of Alabama and parts of central Georgia on Monday. Up to 5 inches of rain was expected in parts of Georgia and Alabama, the National Weather Service warned.
Thunderstorms were occurring in both states Monday, and bad weather also extended to the Florida Panhandle.
Associated Press writers Steve LeBlanc in Boston; Jeff Martin in Atlanta; Mike Balsamo in Stony Brook, New York; Bruce Shipkowski in Toms River, New Jersey; and Ron Todt in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
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