Forecasters over the weekend stated that there is a massive blizzard watch issued for all coastal regions of the Northeast, including Boston and New York City. This blizzard is to bring historical amounts of snow for March, and the National Weather Service said that there is also a winter storm watch in effect for New Jersey, upstate New York, New England, and Pennsylvania.
The region has been enjoying temperatures as high as the 60s, but now the area is bracing for a super winter storm that could bring anywhere from 12 to as much as 20 inches of snow.
The storm is expected to strike the evening of March 13th and possibly early morning on March 14th. It will bring heavy snow and high winds. Already the storm teams have predicted it to be the largest storm of the winter, and New York metro may experience up to two feet of snow in some areas.
The Ice House
As the snow pushes its way into New York and the Northeast cities, already one home in New York has become the “ice house” of the storm.
The Webster house that sits on Lake Ontario was attacked by a windstorm that consisted of lake water and freezing temperatures. It coated the entire home in a layer of ice with icicles everywhere. The entire property is frozen in sheets of ice, and the family that owns the house shared it on Facebook, which quickly turned into a viral photo in a matter of minutes.
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state’s Emergency Operations Center is activated as of Monday evening, and they have stockpiles of generators, pumps, and sandbags ready to deploy when the storm hits. The lower Hudson Valley area and New Jersey are expected up to 18 inches of snow, but the blizzard watch will not extend beyond those regions because low visibility and high winds are not expected for outside the perimeter.
As the storm gets closer to land, storm experts feel there is a high chance the snow will begin to mix with sleet and rain. They also expect coastal flooding and beach erosion for shoreline communities. The rain and sleet should only affect coasts, so Suffolk and Ocean counties are more likely to experience the extreme sleet and rain effects.
A coastal flood watch was issued for Brooklyn, Staten Island, and areas of Queens. The cities are anticipating instances of flooding in some areas.
New York Has Experienced Less Snow
Despite the incoming harsh blizzard, New York City has seen less snow this winter compared to the last. It has snowed only 20.5 inches total this season, compared to the 32.3 inches they would usually accumulate by this time of the year.
Regardless of limited snowfall, residents are preparing for the upcoming blizzard by stocking up on emergency essentials and getting ready to bundle up inside for the next one to two days as the storm passes through the region.