Boston and other areas of the Northeast, already buried under about a yard of snow, braced for up to 2 more feet through early Tuesday while more rain and high winds were in store for parts of the Pacific coast, forecasters said on Sunday.
"I'm frustrated. The last thing I want to be talking about is another 24 inches of snow. I want to move on to something else," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at City Hall. "It's unprecedented.”
The National Weather Service predicted a “long duration snow event” in Boston and surrounding areas. The snowstorm is the third to hit the region in fewer than three weeks, not that Boston was alone in its pain.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for central New York, the western Catskills and much of New England through early Tuesday. A winter weather advisory was issued for the New York area, with 4 to 8 inches of snow and a quarter inch of ice possible through Tuesday morning, the weather service said.
“We’re in this pattern now,” said Bill Simpson, a weather service meteorologist in Boston. “The cold air comes flying down here from Canada and interacts with moisture from the ocean. When those ingredients get together, you get enough energy for a snow event.”
Snowy conditions contributed to nearly 200 flight cancellations in and out of Boston's Logan International Airport on Sunday, according to the FlightStats website, which tracks air traffic nationwide.
Boston public schools announced classes are canceled for Monday and Tuesday.
Over the weekend, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said crews were doing everything they could, including deploying massive jet-powered snow blowers, to clear tracks before the storm. Baker said Boston's subway lines will operate on an abbreviated schedule Monday and he encouraged residents to work from home and avoid travel. The MBTA said it will try to keep commuter trains on a normal weekday schedule, but delays are likely.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ordered state offices closed and that nonemergency state employees stay home on Monday.
School was also closed for Monday in Providence, Rhode Island, and the weather service forecast up to a foot of new snow in the vicinity by Tuesday.
On the West Coast, more heavy rain was forecast for Northern California and farther up the U.S. coast, according to the National Weather Service. Twelve inches drenched parts of Northern California, Oregon and Washington state Thursday to Saturday.