A nor'easter that could deliver up to 2 feet of snow to some areas socked New England on Tuesday, bringing blizzard conditions to parts of coastal MA, covering highways with snow and knocking out power to tens of thousands.
Those who can stay off the roads Tuesday morning should, as blizzard-like conditions with heavy winds will create significant reductions in visibility and make travel risky, she said.
Rhode Island can expect 12-18 inches of snow with winds gusts of 60 to 75 miles per hour.
Power failures were his main concern, Mr. Baker said.
The storm is expected to hit about midnight and last through most of the day Tuesday, with snow accumulating at a rate of 2 inches per hour at times in some areas.
Satellite imagery of a winter storm approaching the eastern cost of the United States.
There was barely enough snow early Tuesday to coat lawns and sand beaches, yet winds near hurricane force were lashing the peninsula.
The nor'easter was forecast to drop up to 20 inches (51 cm) of snow. "I love this weather and it hasn't affected me at all", Riley wrote. "I know folks are tired with power outages but hang in there with us", the governor said.
The approaching storm will be the third nor'easter to strike the Northeast in roughly the past 10 days.
Monday night, the low is expected to strengthen quickly and snow may break out from coastal New Jersey to New York City out to Long Island, as well as much of eastern New England. It dumped from 2 to 4 inches of snow across southern IL and Kentucky, including as much as 11 inches in the Lexington metropolitan area.
A coastal flood advisory will also be in effect from 8 a.m.to noon on Tuesday.
"It feels like we haven't seen this type of storm since 2015", Mayor Marty Walsh said Monday. "Sussex County is probably going to catch a break on this one, but there could still be moments where things get a little rough".
The NWS warned that travel during Tuesday morning and evening will be hard to impossible. The Massachusetts State Police posted a handful of photos of tractor-trailers that jackknifed on snowy roadways, blocking traffic.
The weather service says total accumulations are expected to range from 12 to 17 inches of heavy snow in near blizzard conditions. Parts of New England could see more than a foot of snow.
Public schools in Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and Portland, Maine, closed Tuesday. New York City should receive a coating, Weather.com predicts, but likely just around 1 to 3 inches. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
More than 1,500 USA flights were canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware.
Amtrak suspended all service Tuesday from Boston to New York's Penn Station.
The weather service said official blizzard conditions had been reached in Hyannis, Falmouth and Plymouth at 11 a.m. Gov. Gina Raimondo urged residents to stay off the roads and let the plows and work crews do their jobs.
What happened in earlier nor'easters? The storm left six people dead from falling trees, and about 900,000 people lost electrical power.