By Jesse Sokolow on 13 March 2017
A winter storm is building up strength as it brings snow to the Midwest. A large part of the region is under winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings.
The first metropolitan areas to feel the effects of the storm Monday during the morning commute will be Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee, followed by Cleveland.
Meanwhile, a strong area of low atmospheric pressure is expected to develop off the East Coast on Monday, creating a nor’easter that will hammer the region.
Expect an unusually high number of flight delays and cancellations before, during, and after the storm as well as hazardous road conditions.
The National Weather Service has already issued a blizzard watch for the upper Midwest, the Northeast, and the Middle Atlantic warning of “widespread heavy snowfall and possible blizzard conditions,” adding that “winter is not quite over.”
Further south, winter storm watches have been issued for parts of the mid-Atlantic including Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
Forecasters are calling for one to two feet (30 to 60 centimeters) of snow or more in the area around New York, Long Island, coastal Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Boston. When combined with heavy winds, blizzard and whiteout conditions will heavily impact travel and could cause power outages as well.
For those in or around Washington D.C., Baltimore, or Philadelphia, forecasters expect as much as a foot.
Expect heavy snow to continue into Tuesday night in New England with lighter snow to the south.
In the western and southwestern regions of the country, conditions should be downright balmy for the period.