The first major winter storm of the season is expected to bring heavy snowfall, widespread rains and “heavy to severe” thunderstorms on the East Coast through Wednesday, National Weather Service forecasters said. Some areas were already experiencing scattered power outages.
Heavy rains were possible across New England from Monday evening through Tuesday, and heavy snowfall was likely from the lower Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley on Monday evening and Tuesday, as forecasters monitored the strong system storms that were causing “widespread bad weather” across the eastern United States, the National Weather Service said Monday.
Snow is expected to start falling at 1 a.m. Tuesday in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia, with accumulations estimated at four to seven inches, according to the National Weather Service. Winter storm warnings in these areas will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Warnings were also issued for the same period for Garrett County, Md., Where about four to eight inches of snow was expected. The mountains of eastern Tennessee could also see two to eight inches until noon Tuesday.
Snow was expected to cover parts of north-central and northeastern Ohio, where storm warnings were in effect from 7 p.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“Travel could be very difficult,” the National Weather Service said of conditions in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and Garrett County, Maryland. “Dangerous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.”
Heavy snowfall was also forecast for southern Lake Erie in northeastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania, where nine inches of snow could fall.
“The snow is expected to reach as far south as the higher elevations of the southern Appalachians under a cold, blustery northwest wind as a result of the storm,” according to the Weather Service.
Georgia also received a winter storm warning from 5 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday, as snow showers are expected to fall about two inches in the northern and northeastern parts of the state. “Expect slippery road conditions,” the National Weather Service said.
The storm is expected to strengthen and grow through Monday evening, producing high winds with heavy rain reaching New England.
Wind gusts and damaging tornadoes could accompany scattered thunderstorms from parts of Florida to the Carolinas and southern New Jersey until 6 p.m. Monday.
In the New York metropolitan area, the storm will bring heavy rain and high winds. “It’s a low pressure system that travels up the East Coast,” said James Tomasini, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s office in Upton, NY, which oversees the Hudson Valley, New York, Long Island and the north. -est of New Jersey. “The biggest thing with this system is the heavy rain and the winds. ”
He said wind advisories were issued Monday morning for Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens as well as for southern Connecticut. Peak sustained winds were estimated at 25 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts between 45 and 55 mph
Mr. Tomasini added that Long Island can see up to 1.5 inches of rain and Connecticut, up to two inches of rain.
“Almost the whole region will experience heavy rains,” he said.
The storm was already causing scattered blackouts. About 600 customers of New Jersey’s Public Service Enterprise Group were without power as of Monday afternoon, company spokeswoman Rebecca Mazzarella said.
PPL Electric Utilities had about 1,250 customers in Pennsylvania without power as of Monday, according to the company. And FirstEnergy had more than 2,000 customers in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey without power.