Northeast Braces for Major Winter Storm Orlena

Clay Curtis
February 1, 2021

Heavy snow is coming down this morning across the Great Lakes and Midwest and moderate to heavy rain is falling across the Ohio Valley into the Southeast.

Three to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimetres) of snow arrived in central OH by early Sunday, making for some slippery roads. Chicago got nearly 7 inches (18 centimetres) of snow by Sunday morning, leading to the cancellation of a couple hundred flights at the city's two airports.

Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties are still under the Winter Storm Warning until 6 p.m. Sunday. Round two could bring an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow (possibly more) by the time it ends Tuesday morning, but there is still considerable uncertainty about how much snow will fall in round two on Monday.

The system dumped more than 7 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada region, creating hazardous blizzard-like conditions and shuttering roadways.

Almost every portion of the state will see snowfall, which officials Sunday forecasted to pick up heavily around lunch time. Major Eastern cities including Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City were bracing for the biggest snowfall of the season, Accuweather warned.

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"Heavy snowfall and gusty winds Monday afternoon/evening will make for unsafe travel conditions", NWS Boston tweeted Sunday afternoon. "Keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles".

Light snow is expected to start today, ramping up on Tuesday and lasting for some areas through Wednesday, for areas downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario. The system then rolled across the Midwest.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Milwaukee metro area, as well as counties along the IL border.

Winds strong enough to bring down tree branches with gusts ranging from 35 to 50 miles per hour were forecast for the storm.

Snow is slated to get underway around 4 p.m. Sunday in southern Jersey and become more widespread across the area about 9 p.m.

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