February 7, 4:10 p.m.: The East End could see snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches or higher late Wednesday night and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a winter storm watch Tuesday afternoon. "It's originating in the Ohio River Valley and starts cranking as it comes across Appalachia".
For what it's worth, the storm is expected to fade by the end of Thursday, Feb. 9, which means you won't have to worry about it mucking up your travel plans for very long. "The roads are in bad shape ... covered and icy", Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said. In New York City, subways and buses were running with few delays, de Blasio said.
Public transportation service was being reduced and the morning and evening commutes were expected to be severely affected before the storm was forecast to taper off by Thursday evening. "12-18" expected with heavy snowfall rates leading to whiteout conditions", the National Weather Service tweeted Thursday morning.
White-out conditions are expected as areas are predicted to receive two to four inches of snow an hour during the storm's peak, which NWS says will begin between 5am and 8am Thursday morning, right in time for the morning commute.
A Manhattan doorman died after he slipped while shoveling snow and fell through a glass pane, NBC New York reported. The blowing snow stung any exposed skin. Parts of central Pennsylvania had already picked up 8 inches early Thursday, with northern Jersey hit with up to five inches, The Weather Channel reported.
Officials also are warning of high winds, coastal flooding and power outages. All state offices in New Jersey were closed for nonessential personnel.
Some government buildings, including the United Nations headquarters in New York City's Manhattan, were also shuttered because of the inclement weather.
The storm, which came a day after temperatures had been a spring-like 50 to 60 degrees (10 to 16 C), had wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) and left roads and sidewalks dangerously slick in densely populated cities such as New York, Boston and Hartford, Connecticut.
A brisk wind will pick up through Thursday afternoon, especially in South Jersey. Subway service in NY is still as functional as it ever is, though the Long Island and Metro-North Railroads experiencing delays.