New York City could see up to 10 inches of snow on Thursday as well as some sleet and freezing rain on Friday in what is the latest blast of winter weather to hit the Big Apple.
The snowfall is likely to begin at around sunrise on Thursday morning, with the heaviest precipitation beginning at around noon.
New York is still recovering from the massive blizzard that dumped some two feet of snow in some parts of the tri-state metropolitan area earlier this month.
The Northeast United States has largely been spared the deadly winter weather currently battering a large chunk of the center of the country, but a storm packing snow, sleet, and ice will make its way eastward over the next 36 hours.
A worker distributes salt in preparation for a snow storm at Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday
The city is under a winter weather advisory while further inland several counties of northern and central New Jersey are under a winter storm warning
More than 100 million people live in areas covered by some type of winter weather warning, watch or advisory, the National Weather Service said
Winter weather advisories and storm warnings are in effect for the upper half of the Eastern seaboard stretching from Boston in the north down toward New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Appalachia, and parts of the Midwest.
More than 100 million people live in areas covered by some type of winter weather warning, watch or advisory, the National Weather Service said.
In Boston and the surrounding area of Lower New England, up to six inches of snow is expected to fall on Thursday.
The National Weather Service said up to six inches of snow and ice is likely for the Philadelphia region.
The weather system has been moving from the Gulf Coast region up through Appalachia, the Ohio and Tennesee Valleys, and into the Northeast
Winter weather advisories and storm warnings are in effect for the upper half of the Eastern seaboard stretching from Boston in the north down toward New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Appalachia, and parts of the Midwest
Several inches of snow are expected for the largest cities along the Eastern seaboard
Between three and five inches of snow and sleet are expected for Washington, DC.
The storm, nicknamed Viola, has already dumped up to a half inch of ice accumulation on parts of Texas and Louisiana on Wednesday.
The ice is on top of the snow and ice that was left in the region earlier this week by Winter Storm Uri.
This week’s extreme weather has been blamed for the deaths of more than 30 people, some of whom perished while struggling to keep warm inside their homes.
In the Houston area, one family succumbed to carbon monoxide from car exhaust in their garage. Another family died while using a fireplace to keep warm.
Nearly 3.4 million customers around the US were still without electricity, and some also lost water service.
The snow on Thursday will likely give way to sleet or ice on Friday, according to meteorologists
Texas officials ordered 7 million people – a quarter of the population of the nation’s second-largest state – to boil tap water before drinking it following days of record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and froze pipes.
The latest storm front was certain to complicate recovery efforts, especially in states that are unaccustomed to such weather – parts of Texas, Arkansas and the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Utilities from Minnesota to Texas implemented rolling blackouts to ease the burden on strained power grids.
The Southwest Power Pool, a group of utilities covering 14 states, said the blackouts were ‘a last resort to preserve the reliability of the electric system as a whole.’
The weather also disrupted water systems in several Southern cities, including in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana, where city fire trucks delivered water to several hospitals, and bottled water was being brought in for patients and staff, Shreveport television station KSLA reported.