University cancels classes for a second winter storm

Another coastal storm brewing with more snow by midweek

The National Weather Service Wednesday afternoon extended its winter storm warning southeast to include Providence, Coventry and West Greenwich, saying the area is now likely to get 4 to 8 inches of snow.

While forecasts Monday from AccuWeather and the National Weather Service called for up to 6 inches, Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst indicated it was too early to put a number on how much snow could fall. A high wind warning is in effect for the area from 1 p.m. Wednesday until 1 a.m. on Thursday, with expected sustained wind speeds of 20-30 miles per hour and gusts as high as 60 miles per hour. The snow will be heavy at times especially from midday Wednesday through Wednesday evening, where rates will be 1 to 2 inches per hour.

The storm should hit the Northeast by Wednesday and could bring with it heavy snow, fierce winds and coastal flooding that could cause power outages and downed trees.

Philadelphia may see four to eight inches of snow and New York City could get six to 12 inches.

While the winds will not be as strong as they were during last week's "bomb cyclone" storm, the snow this time will be heavier and fall on more populated areas. "All in all, it hasn't been a awful winter, and it seems that March is always our worst month for major storms".

Thundersnow - when thunder and lightening occurs during a snowstorm - was even reported in New York City, New Jersey and CT. Significant reductions in visibility are anticipated.

With the timing of the potential snow is mostly during the daylight, and with temperatures above freezing, any accumulation would be mostly on colder surfaces rather than the roads.

The latest storm, which comes on the heels of last week's deadly Nor'easter that cut power to tens of thousands, won't bring the same intense winds and flooding, forecasters said. The storm will strengthen on Wednesday, near the Mid-Atlantic coast and will head northeast across New England reaching the Maritimes through Thursday.

As Winter Storm Quinn nears, travel bans are slowly being put into place for the regions most likely to be affected by the storm.

Hartford is forecast to have seven to 14 inches of snow while Boston will only see two to five inches.

Officials say travel is unsafe and they advise motorists to be aware of rapidly changing road conditions due to the potential of downed trees and power lines.

Damage in the area left behind by last week's winter storm was still visible Tuesday. The heaviest snowfall is expected to happen between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday.