Blizzard warning in effect for area — Over a foot of snow could fall by Tuesday

A satellite image from the National Weather Service of the coming storm.

A blizzard warning is in effect from midnight Monday until midnight Tuesday for southern Fairfield County, southern New Haven county, southern Westchester county, and metropolitan New York City and New Jersey, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy snow and blizzard conditions may occur. Snow may mix with or change to sleet or rain late Tuesday morning into Tuesday afternoon. Snow accumulations maybe 12 to 20 inches. The snowfall rates could be two to four inches per hour.

Dangerous whiteout travel conditions could occur at times, with some impassable roads. Winds could be 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 to 55 miles per hour on Tuesday. Highest winds will be across coastal areas like Darien.

A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibility are likely. The National Weather Service says travel could be extremely dangerous with whiteout conditions and travel is not recommended during a blizzard. If travel is necessary, pack a winter survival kit.

A coastal flood watch is in effect for the same time period.

Full forecast below:

 

Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Monday night
Snow, mainly after 10pm. Low around 24. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tuesday
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Widespread blowing snow. High near 31. Wind chill values between 10 and 15. Windy, with a northeast wind 28 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches possible.
Tuesday night
Snow likely before 8pm, then scattered snow showers, mainly between 8pm and 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 19. Wind chill values between 10 and 15. Blustery, with a northwest wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Wednesday
Scattered snow showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Northwest wind 10 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

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