Winter storm could bring a foot of snow through Wednesday; schools closed

Wednesday's predicted storm is expected to pack more wind coastal flooding and maybe even some snow. — Gabrielle Mannino

A rare phenomenon called "thundersnow" struck the Big Apple during Winter Storm Quinn's onslaught Wednesday, delighting or scaring many residents.

Meanwhile, parts of the Dakotas remain under blizzard and winter storm warnings.

Just days after a potent storm hammered the Northeast and New England, yet another nor'easter will dump up to 18 inches of snow from Pennsylvania to ME into Thursday.

"During early next week, the storm will reach the southern Atlantic coast and may continue to head eastward and well out to sea or may reorganize, strengthen and turn northward", said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski. "We make sure our inventories are ready to go and our employees are ready to be working on storm damage".

Heavy, wet snow and gusting winds could take down trees already weakened from last week's storm and snap power lines, adding to stress for customers who've gone days without power. "People on the coast and with travel interests in the Northeast should monitor the progress of the potential storm".

A few inches of additional snowfall may accumulate in parts of MA, southern New Hampshire, Vermont and northern NY.

A middle school teacher in southern New Jersey has been struck by lightning during a snowstorm sweeping up the East Coast. Philadelphia should pick up 8 inches and Boston should get 4 inches. Otherwise, there is very high confidence that this storm will make travel hard or almost impossible at times late Wednesday morning and into the afternoon across much of eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey, basically from near Philadelphia, west and north to the NY state border and beyond.

St. Lawrence County will see less snow, from 3 to 6 inches, most of which will fall Wednesday evening and overnight into Thursday.

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Forecasts are wavering, but it is likely most of the state will see between 12 to 18 inches of snow. By late morning, heavy snow was blanketing eastern Pennsylvania, and driving became treacherous on some highways, according to the Associated Press. Pennsylvania and NY banned big rigs from some major highways as officials warned of a hazardous evening commute and urged people to stay off the roads.

As of 3:42 p.m. Eastern, the NWS was predicting possibly four to eight inches of heavy snow in New Jersey, southern CT, and southeast NY, from midnight through 4 a.m. Thursday.

He said he expected 6 to 9 inches of snow in the warning area of Long Island, with accumulations dropping off to about 1 to 3 inches on the East End.

Amtrak canceled some train service Wednesday, and commuter rail trains in Philadelphia are operating on a weekend schedule.

A slight consolation is that the storm is not expected to bring the coastal flooding like the one last week. Parts of the area could have a snow shower that brings a fresh coating.

All schools were closed in Philadelphia, while other schools across the region canceled classes or shortened the school day ahead of the storm, local news media reported.

While 40-mph wind gusts are certainly strong, they're nowhere near the magnitude of the gusts observed during Riley. Wind gusts to 35 miles per hour are possible in northeastern New Jersey.

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