"The current total we have forecasted for the
"We're forecasting over a foot across the board [in
Some 50 million people along the Eastern Seaboard were under storm or blizzard warnings and watches, prompting airlines to cancel thousands of flights and some mayors, including in
The weather service cautioned that high winds and heavy snowfall of between 1 and 3 inches per hour at times in
Some snowmobilers, meanwhile, are calling the storm "winter number four" and are excited about hitting the trails again, especially in southern
The snow should start falling around
Accumulations of 14 to 22 inches are possible farther north in parts of
Walker warned that even though the snowstorm is expected to last two days, "it's truly a quick-hitting event," with the heavy snow starting at around 4 or
"There is going to be a five- to seven-hour window of really heavy snow," the meteorologist said.
With wind gusts of up to 35 mph expected, there will be snow drifts and, possibly, whiteout conditions, he said.
"It's going to be a really difficult time to be out on the road," Walker said.
The storm is expected to taper off as it travels across the state Wednesday, ending overnight or early Wednesday morning in southern
C ancellations and delays for schools, businesses and governments were already trickling in Monday.
Airlines across the Northeast pre-emptively canceled more than 4,000 flights ahead of the storm, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. The airports with the most cancellations were
Portland International Jetport issued a travel advisory in advance of the storm, and
"We recommend that travelers continue to monitor our website and the airline websites for any updates,"
Since record keeping began in 1926,
"To have that happen in March only six times in over 90 years of records is impressive," Kredensor said. "If our forecast of 16 inches [for Tuesday] were to verify, it would certainly be rare, but not record-breaking."
The most snow fell on
"Our record March snowfall is an eye-popping 29 inches [in
Meanwhile, the anticipated snowfall is welcome news for snowmobilers, Meyers said.
"The snowstorm will increase the awesomeness of the season," he said. "It's really been spectacular."
Overall, snow sled registrations are up 39 percent. The lack of snow in other parts of
The recent freezing weather has made lakes and streams appear solid, but Meyer said looks can be deceiving. He suggested riders avoid all waterways.
"You still couldn't pay me to go out on a lake, I don't care how it looks," Meyer said.
The recent cold temperatures did help with trail conditions, he said.
"We are in pretty decent shape considering it's
Reuters contributed to this report.
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