Pleasant Friday; Snow moves in Saturday morning

The changing conditions led city officials in New Bedford to declare a snow emergency parking ban early in the day, then rescind the order Wednesday evening. Though forecasters expected Boston to get hit hard, the city remained largely unaffected after dry air chipped away at the precipitation shield along the northern and western part of the storm, The Boston Globe reported. There is a possibility of more snow locally and a light glaze of ice, according to the watch. These areas could see anywhere from 6-8" of snow with localized pockets of 8"+ west of Cockeysville/Parkton/Manchester and north of Elkton/Cecilton.

Parts of eastern Long Island are digging out from a foot-and-a-half of snow from the fourth nor'easter in three weeks.

Met Office spokesman Nicola Maxey said: "There is a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast for Easter weekend at the moment, but what we're looking at are temperatures slightly below average - about 3 or 4 degrees below average - and some rainfall coming through".

On Monday, New York's Westchester County Board of Legislators held a special meeting on the massive power outages caused by the previous storms, grilling representatives of Con Ed and NYSEG, CBS New York reports. The storm could break records for spring snowstorms.

With a late-season winter storm, area homeless shelters are scrambling to restart winter shelter programs to keep people out of the cold. A winter storm watch was issued early Thursday morning by the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

"Power outages due to heavy snow and/or strong winds are possible in eastern MA", the weather service said. Shutting New York City schools Wednesday meant the district's administration of free SAT tests in high schools was postponed a month.

After-school programs, adult education, YABC programs, and PSAL activities are also cancelled. City teenagers anxious to get the college entry exams over with will have to wait until Tuesday April 24.

Metro-North Railroad operated a reduced schedule and warned that it could be forced to cancel trains later in the day. "For everyone's safety, because it could be such a big storm. we want to be ahead of it". Check for updates as we continue to monitor the storm and its effects on our area.

  • Essie Rivera