AccuWeather Alert: Nor'easter leaves behind significant snow, slushy mess

AccuWeather Alert: Nor'easter leaves behind significant snow, slushy mess

Power outages due to heavy snow weighing down trees or their limbs will be likely. ACCUWEATHER FORECASTTHURSDAY: Brisk and chilly with intervals of clouds and sunshine.

To the north, chances of heavy snow are increasing for Tug Hill.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Taunton are calling Wednesday morning's snow a "preview" of what's to come this afternoon, when the storm gains intensity. A truck was hit by a falling tree on a Greenwich, Connecticut, highway early Wednesday evening.

The strongest winds, with gusts from 40 to 60 miles per hour at time, from the storm are expected near and just inland from the immediate Northeast coastline from the Jersey Shore and Long Island to coastal New England, the Weather Channel said.

The good news is that spring is just weeks away. Clouds thickened and increased overnight as the beginning stages of our storm system started to unfold.

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A period of light snow will begin tonight with snow transitioning to a period of heavier snow Wednesday. Roads still may be a bit slick Thursday morning. That should be changing significantly later.

The storm is already causing problems for travelers as it moves up the coast.

TODAY: Light snow showers become steady and heavier through the afternoon and evening.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the idea is to ensure people are off the roads by rush hour, when the snowfall is expected to be at its heaviest.

Damaging winds are forecast with gusts of up to 60 mph on Cape Cod, 45 mph at the Jersey shore and 30 mph around suburban Philadelphia. The heavy, wet snow is expected to bring down trees and power lines, resulting in widespread outages for the second time in less than a week.

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An inland track would mean more of a rain event for the five boroughs and coastal areas with significant snow totals north and west of the city.

"We have been lining up contractors and staging them in various parts of our service area", she said. Even further west from there, amounts will continue to diminish rather sharply.

The eastward-moving storm dumped enough snow and ice on South Dakota to cause travel disruptions as key thoroughfares were shut down, including the entire 252-mile stretch of Interstate 29. Coastal alerts were issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts (AAP). Winds will remain brisk Wednesday night and shift to the northwest behind the departing storm.

It will be in the mid- to upper-30s on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

"We will make adjustments to our snow forecast throughout the day in E MA & RI so stay tuned for latest updates", forecasters with the NWS wrote on social media Wednesday morning. Extreme southern NJ and southern DE may just get rain.

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