Winter storm is set to dump up to 18 inches of snow on Philadelphia and New York City on the first full day of spring as the region braces for the FOURTH Nor'easter this month
- Parts of the Northeast are bracing for a powerful winter storm to hit Wednesday
- National Weather Service says storm packing heavy, wet snow and strong winds could dump up to 18 inches of snow in some locations
- It will be the fourth nor'easter to smack the region in the last three weeks
- Bulk likely to hit New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania
- Up to 16 inches is expected in New York, while Philadelphia could get more
- NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that public schools in New York City would be closed Wednesday due to the impending bad weather
Published: 13:15 BST, 20 March 2018 | Updated: 05:57 BST, 21 March 2018
Parts of the Northeast are bracing for a wintry wallop on the first full day of spring with a powerful storm set to dump more than a foot of snow on Philadelphia and New York City.
The National Weather Service says a powerful storm packing heavy, wet snow and strong winds could dump up to 18 inches of snow in some locations on Wednesday.
It will be the fourth nor'easter to smack the region in the last three weeks.
The bulk of the dangerous, wind-driven snow and sleet is expected to wallop New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and parts of eastern Pennsylvania before heading off to Nantucket early Thursday.
The National Weather Service said heaviest snows will be across the Middle Atlantic, Appalachians, parts of the Ohio Valley, and along coastal New England
The National Weather Service says a powerful storm packing heavy, wet snow and strong winds could dump up to 18 inches of snow in some locations on Wednesday
A foot to 16 inches of snow is expected in New York City, while Philadelphia could get slightly more.
Coastal flood warnings are posted for shore communities.
Sleet and freezing rain are expected by Tuesday afternoon, the first day of spring.
The mixed precipitation should turn to all snow by late Tuesday and continue through most of Wednesday.
Widespread power outages are possible, especially on Wednesday, with gusts blowing up to 35 mph.
Winter storm warnings also extend from eastern Massachusetts right down to Tennessee and North Carolina.
Some areas are expected to be dumped with 18 inches of snow as the Northeast braces for another winter storm
Central Park lies under a blanket of snow in New York City on March 8 during the second Nor'easter in a week
Workers shovel snow in Philadelphia on March 7 after the city was hit with heavy snowfall and winds
Storm watches continue for the Washington DC and Baltimore areas.
On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that public schools in New York City would be closed Wednesday due to the impending bad weather.
'We've got some very unpredictable weather about to his us,' he said. 'It is the first day of spring officially and yet I'm about to tell you about a big snowstorm that's hitting.'
He added: 'This proves what I've said for a long time – never trust groundhogs. They will always lead you wrong.'
The third Nor'easter, which arrived on March 12, mostly affected Connecticut and Long Island.
More than 18 inches were recorded in Southampton and 11 inches in Newtown during the third storm.
The week prior, Winter Storm Quinn dropped several inches of wet snow on New England and Philadelphia to New York City.
Millions of residents were left without power and thousands of flights were canceled during those storms, and the same is expected for Wednesday.
Officials are cautioning against unnecessary travel Wednesday afternoon and evening.
'Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute on Wednesday,' the National Weather Service warned.