accuweather 12 March 2017

A major nor’easter threatens to shut down travel due to heavy snow and strong winds from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston early this week. Blizzard conditions will develop in part of the northeastern United States.

A storm will first continue to bring snow and travel problems in the Midwest through Monday.

A new storm will strengthen rapidly and hug the east coast of the U.S. early this week.

Static Snow Start Times 3 pm

Snow will then rapidly spread northward spanning Monday night to Tuesday night.

For many areas in the Northeast, this will likely be the biggest and most impactful storm of the winter.

Heavy snow over such a broad, heavily populated area could bring travel to a standstill. Snow and snow drifts will clog streets and highways. Heavy snow and wind will cause airline delays and flight cancellations. Some flights have already been canceled ahead of the storm.

Noreaster March 11

For thousands of miles of roads in the region, this will be an unusually cold storm for the middle of March. Much of the snow that falls will rapidly accumulate on the roads across the interior of the mid-Atlantic and New England. Some people could become stranded on area highways.

“Residents should prepare for school closures and potential cancellations of sporting events due to hazardous travel for players and fans,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

In some areas where a change to sleet and rain does not occur or is delayed, blizzard conditions will develop. This is most likely in portions of New England, southeastern New York state, northern New jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

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However, extensive blowing and drifting snow will also occur as far west as western Maryland and eastern West Virginia.

At this time, it appears that areas from eastern West Virginia and northern Virginia to northern Maryland, central and eastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, central and southeastern New York state and a large part of New England will be shoveling 6 inches or more of snow from the storm.

Snowfall could rival that of March 1993 blizzard

The heaviest snow is likely to fall near the I-81 corridor of Pennsylvania and along part of the New York Thruway in the Hudson Valley of New York, I-91 in northern Connecticut and Massachusetts and I-93 in New Hampshire. In this zone, from 1 to 2 feet of snow can pile up with locally higher amounts possible. Drifts up to several feet are likely.

Static Nor'easter snowfall map closeup 3 pm

“In some locations in Pennsylvania, New York state and New England, snowfall from this storm could be the biggest March snowstorm since that of the 1993 March blizzard,” according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.