Winter Storm Ramping Up As It Heads For New York City

A winter storm warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Monday in New York City and many surrounding areas as officials track a potentially disruptive snowstorm.

Travel problems are likely as the storm is expected to drop around 6 inches of snow along a band stretching from eastern Pennsylvania to eastern Maine, including much of central and northern New Jersey, New York City and Connecticut, reports AccuWeather.

All NYC public schools will be closed Monday.

A state of emergency is in effect in New Jersey.

The storm passed over the Ohio Valley with minimal snow accumulation, but forecasters say the system is building strength as it blows east.

Precipitation in the Northeast began Sunday afternoon as a mix of rain and snow. It is expected to turn to all snow overnight in most areas.

Many communities will only be affected for between six to 12 hours early Monday, AccuWeather reported, noting that the storm is particularly fast-moving. Still, the accumulation will pile up rapidly during the peak of the storm, with snow expected to fall at 1 - 2 inches per hour.

It will be a heavy, wet type of snow, which is likely to weigh down trees and potentially cause power outages.

Shoveling it will be difficult. So remember to lift with your legs, not your back while clearing sidewalks and driveways.

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