The higher totals are expected to the north and west of the city. But computer models tend to underestimate how far west the snow reaches in a storm like this, the National Weather Service said, Syracuse could get more than now forecast.
FlightAware, the flight-tracking service, said that airlines had canceled more than 1,100 flights by 7:15 p.m. and that the number was likely to increase substantially on Wednesday. "Be aware of the possibility of downed tree branches and wires".
All winter weather advisories for southern Wisconsin have been canceled Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to the snow, winds have gusted over 50 miles per hour from parts of Long Island into New England, with a few gusts near 60 miles per hour on Cape Cod and Nantucket, leading to hundreds of thousands of power outages across the Northeast.
The powerful gusts aren't expected to be as extreme as those last week which brought down trees and power lines and sent trampolines flying through the streets.
Severe winter weather moving through the region means speed limits on area interstate highways have been reduced temporarily by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Snow accumulations could easily surpass a foot in areas west of the I-95 corridor, with some places in northwest New Jersey forecast to get up to two feet. Forecasters warn that the storm will rapidly strengthen by Wednesday evening, when visibility and travel will be most hard. We'll taper off to showers Wednesday night through Thursday morning.
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"We are gravely concerned, we are very cautious, with respect to the tide", he said. Many towns reported damaged seawalls and roads and a significant amount of beach erosion.
When the precipitation is lighter, it is more likely to be rain, or a mixture. On Long Island, Islip, New York, received snowfall rates up to 2 inches per hour early Wednesday evening.
There will be some light snow and rain early, with a switch to a period of moderate to perhaps heavy snow during the late afternoon and evening. The nor'easter also brought travel services to a halt. As the day progressed, some snow predictions were downgraded. Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains and parts of western MA could see up to 18 inches. Worcester could see 12 to 18 inches.
A coastal flood warning has been issued for York County from 1 a.m. Thursday until 8 a.m. Thursday.
Nonessential second-shift state employees are being told not to report to work Wednesday evening.
The outages turned to outrage for a New Jersey man, whose home had been without electricity since Friday, who threatened to kidnap a utility company employee and blow up a substation.
Winter storm Quinn comes on the heels of winter storm Riley, which wrought havoc in parts of the Northeast, knocking out power and plowing through seawalls. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.