Winter Storm Warning, Watch issued for parts of area starting tonight

The fourth nor'easter to pound the northeastern United States in three weeks dumped more than a foot of snow in some places and left at least three people dead in NY. "I'm hoping most of the snow will accumulate just on the grass, but the roads will be a mess no matter what".

Rates of up to 5 inches per hour were reported, unusual for the Island, meteorologists said. Bayside, Queens, got 12.7. Some residents on Long Island are waking up to almost 20 inches of snow.

Metro-North Railroad operated a reduced schedule and warned that it could be forced to cancel trains later in the day. Some 80,000 people in New Jersey lost power, and traffic on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge came to a standstill Wednesday night due to a jackknifed tractor-trailer and fuel spill at about 8 p.m.

Flight-tracking website FlightAware reported that 40 flights were delayed at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Maryland; Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington County; and Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly as of Wednesday noon, and 57 flights were cancelled.

In a morning news conference in Manhattan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was "very dissatisfied" with how utility companies managed a storm earlier this month and called the delays in getting power back on "inexcusable".

The storm also unloaded snow on Virginia and West Virginia as it pushed into the Northeast. Snow had trouble sticking to the ground during the day, but accumulations started to rise after nightfall.

A pocket of dry air spared Boston and much of New England from the worst of the storm, said Rob Carolan, owner of Hometown Forecast Services Nashua, New Hampshire. Forecasters said Boston could get 6 inches, and the Philadelphia area could see a foot. Little fell in MA.

Met Office spokesman Nicola Maxey said: "There is a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast for Easter weekend at the moment, but what we're looking at are temperatures slightly below average - about 3 or 4 degrees below average - and some rainfall coming through".

The even better news is that it appears the wave of nor'easters may be ending, Carolan said. Expect scattered showers and storms during the week.

  • Eleanor Harrison