A winter storm watch is in effect for the Tri-State Area starting 6 p.m. Tuesday and continuing through Thursday at 8 a.m.
Most of the area, including New York City, northeastern New Jersey, Connecticut and Lower Hudson Valley is expecting 6 - 10 inches of snow.
The precipitation is expected to start as a mix of rain and snow Tuesday evening, leaving little accumulation.
The rain should turn to all snow Wednesday morning, at which point the white stuff will accumulate through Wednesday night, tapering off by about 5 a.m. Thursday.
At its heaviest, the snow will fall at 1 - 2 inches per hour Wednesday evening. For the most part, forecasters say, the snow will fall at a slow, steady pace throughout the storm.
Weather Channel Predicted Snow Totals
6-10” in Northeastern NJ, NYC, Brooklyn, Queens
6-10” on Long Island
6-10” in Southern Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley
8-12” in Central NJ
7-8” in Northwest NJ (west of the Troy Hills)
11-13” in Monmouth/Ocean counties in NJ, down to Atlantic City; possibly a little less in Cape May
The snow will be heavy and wet, increasing the potential for power outages in an area in which hundreds of thousands of residents have lost power due to a string of severe storms.
Snow has fallen in the area in each of the past three weeks, as winter ends and spring begins.
Two weeks ago, Winter Storm Quinn left more than 300,000 residents without power as some areas got nearly two feet of snow.
A nor'easter that hit five days before Quinn left some New York counties as much as 85 percent in the dark.
The string of severe snow storms have caused extensive damage to the infrastructure of the utility companies, including broken utility poles and damage in hard-to-reach locations.
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