The snowfall rate may be between 2 and 3 inches an hour for a time into Wednesday night from extreme eastern Pennsylvania to northwestern New Jersey to parts of the Hudson Valley of NY and western New England, AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Wind gusts could create "near-whiteout conditions" for commuters, the National Weather Service said. Forecasts are predicting a second major winter storm in less than a week to hit the Northeast United States.

Accumulating snow is in store for major cities including Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Conn., and Boston. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state troopers will ticket any violators.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a state of emergency for several counties in preparation for the storm.

Motorists are being urged to avoid travel unless it's absolutely necessary. Some areas will get as much as 2 to 3 inches of snow an hour.

"Everyone should expect a long and challenging commute this evening", Baker said.


The latest nor'easter to hit the East Coast is already causing some travel headaches.

Due to the storm, about 2,300 flights had been grounded Wednesday and another 200 Thursday.

More than 50 million people from Maryland to ME were under winter storm warnings and watches, just days after last weekend's deadly "bomb cyclone".

The Amtrak passenger train service canceled some Wednesday trains between Washington and Boston, as well as some services in Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast.

A wintry mix of snow and rain is falling along the East Coast as another nor'easter takes aim at the region.


More than a foot of snow is expected for some interior areas, the weather service said. Some parts are expected to get 18 inches of snow or more; the Catskills region could see 20 inches by Thursday.

This comes just days after another storm knocked out power to millions, some of whom are still waiting to have their service restored.

A slight consolation is that the storm is not expected to bring the coastal flooding like the one last week.

The snowstorm came with a rare accompaniment of lightning in some parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and NY, the weather service said. Schools stayed open in New York City.

Intense bands of snow were whipping parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, threatening unsafe driving conditions and more power outages as the second nor'easter in a week hits the storm-weary East Coast.


Damaging winds are in the forecast with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour at Cape Cod and 45 miles per hour at the Jersey shore.

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