More snow falls on valley; schools closed
More snow fell on the Shenandoah Valley overnight, and the region is under a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m. today. There’s a 40 percent chance of snow today. The high will be near 31 and tonight’s low will be around 16.
Wednesday will be sunny, with a high of 32 and a low of 15 that night. Snow could return on Thursday when a cold front pushes through.
Area public schools closed today include those in Warren, Frederick, Clarke and Page counties. Warren 11th and 12th employees should report by 10 a.m. and select personnel at Clarke should report two hours later than regular starting time. Page 12 month employees should report at 10 a.m. Today is a teacher professional day in Shenandoah County. Teachers and non-essential employees report at 10 a.m.
The Virginia Department of Transportation warns motorists that some roads may be slippery today following refreezing and snow that fell on top of that overnight. Road conditions as of 4:15 a.m. today:
- Interstate 66 – Minor conditions in Warren County.
- Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Augusta, and Rockingham counties.
- Interstate 64 – Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Augusta counties.
- Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Clarke County. Minor conditions in Highland, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick and Warren counties. Minor to clear conditions in Rockbridge County. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Bath and Augusta counties.
- Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren counties. Minor conditions in Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta and Rockingham counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany County.
The busy Northeast corridor was in line for a winter wallop that was predicted to bring anywhere from a few inches to a couple of feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Maine. Here’s what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the storm:
The nor’easter was predicted to strengthen off the southern New England coast. Snow was expected to intensify and become heavy beginning Monday night in Boston and early Tuesday morning in Maine.
SNOWSTORM VS. BLIZZARD: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for a huge swath of the region, meaning potential whiteout conditions as heavy snow swirls amid gusting wind. The weather service says a blizzard includes sustained or frequent wind gusts of 35 mph or greater and considerable falling snow that lasts for at least three hours. The storm’s intensity was downgraded for some major cities early Tuesday.
Airlines canceled about 7,700 flights Monday and Tuesday because of the storm, mostly involving airports from Washington, D.C., to Boston. Boston’s Logan Airport and Rhode Island’s T.F. Green were closed Monday evening and no flights were expected to land or take off at either airport Tuesday.
ON THE RAILS
Amtrak has announced that it would suspend rail service in the New England region and modify service between New York and Washington on Tuesday.
BIG CITY TRANSIT
In the Boston area, officials halted all MBTA transit service at midnight. In New York, subway service ended Monday night. New Jersey Transit also shut down late Monday; its train service may not be back until Thursday.
Washington, D.C., and Baltimore were expected to each get up to 3 inches of snow. The U.S. House postponed votes scheduled for Monday night through Tuesday afternoon.
Ten to 20 inches of snow was predicted, with the heaviest snow falling from about midnight Monday through Tuesday afternoon. About half the flights Monday at the region’s three major airports were canceled. New York City streets were only available to emergency vehicles starting late Monday, when the subway system shut down. All Broadway theaters were closed.
About 2 feet of snow was forecast for the city and its suburbs, with some locally higher amounts. Near-hurricane force winds were predicted for Cape Cod and the nearby islands. Gov. Charlie Baker banned all non-essential motor vehicle travel beginning at midnight and said 500 National Guard members were on standby.
The central part of the state was expected to get about six inches of snow and coastal areas about a foot. Gov. Chris Christie asked people to stay home and only go out if there is an “absolute necessity.” Flooding at the shore was a concern.
About 1 to 2 feet of snow was predicted. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered a travel ban beginning at 9 p.m. Monday.
Gov. Gina Raimondo told Rhode Island residents to prepare for 2 to 3 feet of snow and expect to potentially be without power for days. Travel was banned indefinitely on all roads starting at midnight, and three major bridges were shut down. Officials repeatedly urged people to not only stay off the roads but stay indoors. “Stay in your house until you hear otherwise,” Raimondo said. State government, including the court system, was closed Tuesday, several cities and towns declared parking bans and public transit bus service was suspended.
Gov. Paul LePage declared a state of emergency and announced that all state offices would be closed Tuesday. LePage cited the forecast for winter storm and blizzard conditions, as well as the potential coastal flooding in southwest Maine.
About six inches was expected. Public and Catholic schools were closed Tuesday, along with city offices. Mayor Michael Nutter ordered motorists to remove their vehicles from the city’s designated snow emergency routes.