Heavy rain will hit New York City on Sunday evening before transitioning to a snowy mix by morning, and the city can expect 3 to 5 inches of snow by Monday’s end, forecasters say. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has placed the National Guard on standby, he said.
In Massachusetts, the state Emergency Management Agency issued an “awareness statement” warning of 8 to 12 inches of white stuff over much of the state’s interior and up to 17 inches on the eastern slopes of the Berkshires. Wind gusts could reach up to 45 mph along the coast, with Cape Ann and outer Cape Cod suffering the worst of the bluster.
Rain and wind in California
A West Coast storm is expected to hammer everything from Seattle to south of Los Angeles, bringing feet of snow to areas that sit at 6,000 feet or higher. Forecasters advise chains will be necessary to navigate roads in mountainous regions — though white-out conditions in some areas may make driving especially dangerous.
“Travel is HIGHLY DISCOURAGED after 10am for the Coastal Range/Shasta County,” the weather service’s Sacramento office warned.
Shasta County is located between Sacramento and the Oregon border.
The utility said it would be passing out firewood to affected residents with the help of authorities.
Impacts on busy travel day
Delta Airlines announced weather waivers for 16 cities in the Upper Midwest on Saturday, and 22 cities in the Northeast for Sunday and Monday, including airports in Boston and the New York area.
American Airlines issued waivers for passengers traveling Sunday and Monday on flights to and from New York’s John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports as well as Newark and the airline’s hub in Philadelphia. Other cities in the American Airlines announcement include Boston, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Toronto, Canada.
CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin, Haley Brink, Faith Karimi and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.