01/27/2015-Winthrop,MA. The Tuesday morning high tide pushes water onto Revere St. in Winthrop as a heavy and powerful snowstorm continues to batter the region. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

01/27/2015-Winthrop,MA. The Tuesday morning high tide pushes water onto Revere St. in Winthrop as a heavy and powerful snowstorm continues to batter the region. Staff Photo by Mark Garfinkel

The message from U.S. government officials across the Northeast to residents Monday has been loud and clear: go home and stay there.

A blizzard of possibly historic proportions began to bear down on the east coast as residents were told of the danger posed by the storm.

“It is no joke to have people stranded on a highway. We’ve gone through that before,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters. “It is frightening how quickly a simple trip to the supermarket can wind up being very dangerous.”

Snow was blowing with growing strength in New York City Monday evening and flurries had already begun in Boston. More than 6,500 flights heading in or out of the Northeast were cancelled and could be grounded until Wednesday.

“This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned. “People have to make smart decisions from this point on.”

According to the National Weather Service, parts of New York are expected to be hit with 45 to 60 centimetres of snow. The Philadelphia-to-Boston area of more than 35 million is expecting between 30 to 90 centimetres of snow.

Below is the latest information from the National Weather Service:

STORM SUMMARY NUMBER 05 FOR MID-ATLANTIC TO NORTHEAST MAJOR WINTER
STORM
NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD
400 AM EST TUE JAN 27 2015

…HIGH-IMPACT WINTER STORM EXPECTED TO BRING CRIPPLING SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS AND LIFE-THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO MUCH OF THE
NORTHEAST…

BLIZZARD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF NEW
JERSEY NORTHWARD THROUGH MAINE… EXCLUDING NANTUCKET ISLAND.

WINTER STORM WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FROM NEW JERSEY NORTHWARD TO
MAINE. WINTER STORM WARNINGS ARE ALSO IN EFFECT FOR A SMALL AREA
OF THE APPALACHIANS IN WEST VIRGINIA.

COASTAL FLOOD WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FROM DELAWARE
TO THE COAST OF MAINE.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF THE
MID-ATLANTIC STATES AND CENTRAL APPALACHIANS…AS WELL AS IN THE
NORTHEAST ALONG THE WESTERN AND SOUTHERN PERIPHERY OF THE WINTER
STORM WARNINGS. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE ALSO IN EFFECT FOR
PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS IN TENNESSEE…NORTH
CAROLINA…AND GEORGIA.

FOR A DETAILED GRAPHICAL DEPICTION OF THE LATEST
WATCHES…WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES…PLEASE SEE WWW.WEATHER.GOV

AT 300 AM EST…A SURFACE LOW PRESSURE CENTER WITH AN ESTIMATED
PRESSURE OF 980 MB…28.94 INCHES…WAS CENTERED APPROXIMATELY 160
MILES SOUTHEAST OF NANTUCKET…MASSACHUSETTS AND MOVING NORTHWARD.
A COLD FRONT EXTENDED SOUTH FROM THE SURFACE LOW THROUGH THE
CARIBBEAN AND ACROSS THE YUCATAN IN MEXICO. A WARM FRONT ALSO
EXTENDED NORTHEAST FROM THE LOW INTO ATLANTIC OCEAN. NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE RADAR AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATED THAT
WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW…WITH OCCASIONAL HEAVY
SNOW…WAS SPREADING ACROSS AREAS FROM NEW JERSEY NORTHEASTWARD TO
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE. GUSTY WINDS CONTINUED TO
INCREASE ACROSS THE NORTHEAST. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 15 TO 25
MPH…WITH HIGHER GUSTS WERE REPORTED FROM MUCH OF NEW JERSEY
NORTHEASTWARD TO NEAR BOSTON. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 TO 50
MPH…WITH GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH…WERE REPORTED AT MARTHAS
VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET. FARTHER WEST…SCATTERED AREAS OF LIGHT TO
OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WERE REPORTED ACROSS FROM WESTERN NEW
YORK STATE SOUTHWARD TO THE CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC STATES.

…SELECTED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN INCHES FROM 1100 PM EST SUN
JAN 25 THROUGH 300 AM EST MON JAN 26…

…CONNECTICUT…
MARLBOROUGH 7.0
THOMPSON 5.5
GREENWICH 4.0
MANCHESTER 3.5
NORWALK 3.3
COVENTRY 3.0
LEDYARD CENTER 3.0
NEW HAVEN 3.0
WETHERSFIELD 2.5
ESSEX 2.0
WEST HARTFORD 2.0
BRIDGEPORT AIRPORT 1.4
EAST HARTFORD 1.4

…WASHINGTON DC…
WASHINGTON 1.1

…MASSACHUSETTS…
SANDWICH 9.3
ACUSHNET 8.5
WEST WAREHAM 8.5
EAST FREETOWN 8.0
PLYMOUTH 7.4
ROCKLAND 7.0
SHREWSBURY 7.0
TAUNTON 7.0
WEST HARWICH 7.0
OAK BLUFFS 6.0
NAHANT 5.7
FALMOUTH 5.0
HANSON 5.0
NATICK 4.5
SOMERVILLE 4.4
NANTUCKET 3.5

…MARYLAND…
CASCADE 6.0
MC HENRY 5 SSE 6.0
OAKLAND 5.0
ECKHART MINES 4.0
GERMANTOWN 3.8
POINT OF ROCKS 3.5
E MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK 3.0
ELDERSBURG 3.0
HAGERSTOWN 1 E 3.0
MYERSVILLE 3.0
PECKTONVILLE 3 NNW 3.0
FREDERICK 3 NW 2.8
FROSTBURG 2.8
ACCIDENT 2.5
WESTERNPORT 2.5

…NEW JERSEY…
ROSELLE 4.7
BYRAM TWP 4.5
BLAIRSTOWN 4.0
LAKEHURST 4.0
HOBOKEN 3.8
EAST RUTHERFORD 3.1
NEWARK AIRPORT 3.0
BERGENFIELD 2.8
MARCELLA 2.6
RIDGEWOOD 2.6
HAWTHORNE 2.0
OXFORD 2.0

…NEW YORK…
ISLIP AIRPORT 15.0
HUNTINGTON 8.8
ORIENT 8.0
MALVERNE 7.8
PENN YAN 7.0
FRESH MEADOWS 6.5
MIDDLE VILLAGE 6.5
LA GUARDIA 6.4
CARLE PLACE 6.3
BELLEROSE 6.0
MINEOLA 6.0
OCEANSIDE 6.0
CENTRAL PARK 5.5
JFK AIRPORT 5.1
VOAK 1 E 5.0
STATEN ISLAND 3.5
BROOKLYN 3.3

…OHIO…
GALION 8.0
MANSFIELD/ONTARIO 8.0
BOWERSTON 7.0
MINERAL CITY 7.0
DALTON 6.5
LEXINGTON 1 NW 6.5
ASHLAND 4 SW 6.0
CALCUTTA 6.0
GLASGOW 6.0
QUAKER CITY 5.3
BELLEFONTAINE 2 N 5.0
RICHMOND 5.0
STEUBENVILLE 5.0
BELLEVUE 1 N 4.3
BARNESVILLE 4.0

…PENNSYLVANIA…
WINDBER COUNTRY CLUB 8.0
MOON TOWNSHIP 7.5
EVANS CITY 7.3
CABOT 7.0
CANONSBURG 7.0
CRESSON 5 E 7.0
ROSEDALE 7.0
SANDY LAKE 2 ENE 7.0
SPRING CHURCH 7.0
COOPERSTOWN 1 E 6.5
BERKELEY HILLS 6.0
JACKTOWN 6.0
OHIOVILLE 6.0
SHALER TOWNSHIP 6.0
CARRICK 5.9
BELLEFONTE 5.0

…RHODE ISLAND…
COVENTRY 7.0
NORTH KINGSTOWN 7.0
WAKEFIELD 7.0
WEST WARWICK 6.0
PORTSMOUTH 5.2
PROVIDENCE 5.0
WESTERLY 5.0

…TENNESSEE…
GATLINBURG 6 SE 4.5
NEWFOUND GAP 1 N 4.3

…VIRGINIA…
FAIRFAX 4.3
WINCHESTER 2 S 3.5
CHESTER GAP 3.0
CEDAR HILL 3 NNW 2.5

…WEST VIRGINIA…
TERRA ALTA 1 NE 7.0
CHESTER 5.0
MOUNT STORM 5.0
BURLINGTON 4.0
CANAAN HEIGHTS 4.0
KLINE GAP 2 ESE 4.0
WEIRTON 4.0
FALLING WATERS 2 NW 3.8
INWOOD 3.8
MARTINSBURG 2 E 3.5
FALLING WATERS 3.0
MOZART 3.0
FOLLANSBEE 2.5

…SELECTED STORM TOTAL FREEZING RAIN ICE AMOUNTS IN INCHES FROM
1100 PM EST SUN JAN 25 THROUGH 300 AM EST MON JAN 26…

…WEST VIRGINIA…
FLAT TOP 0.38

…SELECTED PEAK WIND GUSTS IN MILES PER HOUR EARLIER IN THE
EVENT…

…MASSACHUSETTS…
NANTUCKET 78
EDGARTOWN 61
YARMOUTH 61
OAK BLUFFS 60
FAIRHAVEN 58
BARNSTABLE 53
SCITUATE 52

…RHODE ISLAND…
MIDDLETOWN 50

THE SURFACE LOW OFF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST IS FORECAST TO INTENSIFY
VERY RAPIDLY AS IT CONTINUES TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD ALONG THE NEW
ENGLAND COASTLINE ON TUESDAY AND INTO NOVA SCOTIA BY WEDNESDAY.
WINDS AND SNOW ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN INTENSITY INTO TUESDAY
MORNING OVER SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AND THE NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC
REGION. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO AFFECT MAJOR
POPULATION AREAS FROM EASTERN NEW JERSEY NORTHWARD THROUGH THE
BOSTON AREA AND ACROSS EASTERN MAINE. IN THESE AREAS…VERY HEAVY
SNOWFALL RATES WILL COMBINE WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40
MPH…WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH…WILL CREATE
LIFE-THREATENING WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. IN AREAS CLOSE TO THE
IMMEDIATE COASTLINE…HURRICANE FORCE WIND GUSTS TO NEAR 75 MPH
WILL BE POSSIBLE. MANY ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE AND TRAVEL WILL
BE IMPOSSIBLE IN MANY AREAS. HIGH WINDS MAY DOWN TREES AND POWER
LINES…LEADING TO POWER OUTAGES. COASTAL FLOODING AND SEVERE
BEACH EROSION ARE ALSO EXPECTED. TIDAL INCREASES MAY CAUSE
FLOODING AND DAMAGE TO VULNERABLE ROADS AND STRUCTURES. SNOW AND
STRONG WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST THROUGH THE DAY ON TUESDAY
BEFORE SLOWLY TAPERING OFF FROM SOUTH TO NORTH TUESDAY NIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY MORNING. HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 1 TO 2 FEET CAN BE
EXPECTED FROM NEAR NEW YORK CITY…INCLUDING LONG ISLAND…AND
INTO CONNECTICUT…RHODE ISLAND..MASSACHUSETTS…INTO MUCH OF NEW
HAMPSHIRE…AND SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL MAINE.

THE NEXT STORM SUMMARY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE WEATHER PREDICTION
CENTER AT 1000 AM EST. PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT.

FANNING