The National Weather Service issued an advisory for the U, S. East coast Thursday, advising people to be on the lookout for the following weather conditions as they prepare to see ice and snow in the region.
The storm is expected to dump a foot of snow to the north of the U., with more to the south.
A snow accumulation of 1-1/2 inches in a few hours is possible, the weather service says.
Snow accumulation is also possible in the upper 48 states and along the east coast, the Weather Service said.
The snowfall is expected across much of the Northeast and in the Great Lakes region, including the Upper Midwest and Upper Midwest, as well as the Midwest, the Northeast, the Great Plains and the Atlantic seaboard.
In New England, snowfall totals will be up to 2 feet in the Boston area, as a heavy rain shower moves through the region, according to the National Weather Services.
In Pennsylvania, the snowfall accumulation totals are up to 4 feet.
A storm surge watch is in effect through Tuesday for New Jersey and parts of Delaware.
Weather service officials are warning the weather can be unpredictable as the storm approaches.
Snow accumulations will start in western New England as early as Wednesday, and move into southern New England by Friday.
The region’s snowfall can increase, and the snow can also be dangerous to swimmers, said Weather Service meteorologist Dave Laughlin.
“You’re probably going to see a lot of snow, and you’re going to have some of the worst conditions that you’ve ever seen,” Laughlin said.
“If you swim in it, you’re not going to be able to get out.
It’s going to look like this.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the storm is likely to cause widespread damage in parts of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as it makes landfall along the eastern seabed.
A total of three weather systems are expected to affect the Northeast.
The National Hurricane Center says a tropical storm is developing near the northeast tip of New England.
A tornado watch is being issued for parts of New Jersey, including New Castle, Delaware, Long Island, and Trenton.
The forecast is also calling for heavy snow, freezing rain and strong winds in parts.
Weather forecasters are also warning of strong winds, heavy snow and gusty winds in the northern and western parts of southern New York.
A severe thunderstorm watch is issued for southern New Jersey through Monday, with wind gusts up to 65 mph possible.
In southern New Hampshire, heavy rains are expected throughout much of Tuesday and Wednesday.
Storms are expected in the Upper Peninsula, and in northern New Hampshire through Thursday.
A large tornado watch has been issued for northern New Jersey.
The weather service warns that the strongest winds are expected through Thursday, with a potential of a tornado.
Winds of up to 60 mph are possible.
Snow is expected in western Massachusetts, as snow accumulations in the lower 48 are possible through Wednesday, Laughlin says.
Heavy snowfall in northern Virginia and the Upper Carolinas are possible over parts of eastern North Carolina and parts a portion of southeastern Georgia, the National Hurricane Centre says.
In Virginia, snow is forecast to fall as much as 10 inches across most of the state, with snowfall levels up to 1.5 feet in some areas.
Heavy rain is possible along parts of western Virginia, as much of New York and New Jersey are affected by a heavy snowfall.
Heavy rains and a high winds gust of 70 mph are expected along parts to northern New York, the New York City and New York County areas, the US Coast Guard says.
A heavy snowstorm warning is in place for parts in New Jersey for much of Monday, Lauer says.