As much as a foot of snow is forecast for the New York area, potentially snarling travel across the U.S. Northeast following the New Year’s Day holiday. The storm may give way to the coldest temperatures so far this season.
Two systems are forecast to merge by tomorrow, bringing 6 inches to 12 inches (15 centimeters to 30 centimeters) of snow to New York and more than a foot to Boston, said Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist for forecaster AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. Snowfall will probably start between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. tomorrow in New York and continue the next day, Rob Carolan, owner of Hometown Forecast Services Inc., said.
“The worst of it for New York will be the Thursday ride home,” Carolan said.
The combined systems will stretch from the upper part of the Mid-Atlantic region to southern New England, the AccuWeather forecast showed. Snow will arrive in Boston after New York.
“The storm will affect more than 70 million people in the Midwest and the Northeast combined and could have a major negative impact on travel for people returning from holiday destinations,” Sosnowski wrote on AccuWeather’s website. “People should be prepared for flight delays and cancellations because of direct and indirect impacts from the far-reaching storm.”
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