New Snowstorm to Reach New York as Morning Rush Gets Under Way

Snow will start falling in New York City during the morning rush and as much as 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) may be on the ground by the time the storm ends later in the day.

A system that is dropping light snow across the Midwest today will reach Manhattan around 7 a.m. and Boston about noon, said Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.

“In New York, it is done with by evening,” Kines said in a telephone interview. “In Boston, between 8 p.m. and midnight. In general, it’s an eight-hour event.”

A weekend snowstorm in the Northeast contributed to the cancellation of 1,031 flights across the U.S., including 368 at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and 200 at Chicago’s O’Hare, said FlightAware Inc., a Houston-based tracking service.

As of today, 48.4 percent of the contiguous U.S. is covered by snow, with an average depth of 3.6 inches, according to the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

As much as 3 inches of snow may fall tomorrow in New York and Boston, according to the National Weather Service. Kines said he believes Boston will get as much as 6 inches.

“As the system gets closer to the coast, it will be able to draw in some Atlantic moisture,” Kines said.

The storm won’t be a problem for Washington, Baltimore or Philadelphia, he said.

After it passes, temperatures along the East Coast may moderate, Kines said.

“It is going to get mild in the second half of the work week,” Kines said. “Any precipitation that falls later in the week will be primarily rain.”

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