A dangerous winter storm brought heavy snow, lightning and wind to the east coast of the United States on Monday.
A foot or two of snow was forecast in parts of New England, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania through Tuesday morning. Meteorologists in Buffalo, New York, reported that the snow was falling rapidly.
“Woft! Measurements (last) at 1 AM were 4.6 inches (11.68 cm) in the last hour at Buffalo Airport!” And add another 4 inches in the last hour until 2 AM! The total so far from Sunday night is 10.2 inches (25.9 cm)”.
Meanwhile, New York City was hoping to avoid most, if not all, of the snowfall. The National Weather Service (NWS, for its English acronym) issued a severe electric storm warning for the city, including Brooklyn and Queens, predicting wind gusts of about 45 mph, while forecasting wind gusts of about 60 mph. Time in Long Island.
Hail and rain were the main threats to most of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, as snowfall turned into rain all night long. NWS experts in Boston expected winds of up to 70 miles per hour.
A massive winter storm caused similar conditions in the southeast on Sunday. Several states reported several inches of snow, and thunderstorms in Florida included a hurricane packing winds of 118 mph. Thirty mobile homes were destroyed and 51 severely damaged. Three minor injuries were reported.
Wet roads in the south are expected to freeze again on Monday, putting drivers at risk.
Snow plows were deployed along East Coast roads and highways to clear the way for commuters. There were a few accidents in the early morning hours, including an ambulance crash on Interstate 279 in Pittsburgh, according to KDKA TV. It was not clear if there were any injuries.