“Definitely with the winds up, there could be some power outages from falling limbs,” says Mark Ressler, lead meteorologist at The Weather Channel in Atlanta. “And, it looks like with all the snow, people could have difficulty getting around for a short period of time.”
Wednesday morning, parts of Indiana were under blizzard warnings. Those conditions were expected to spread into Ohio, Pennsylvania, and western New York State during the day. The extreme conditions are expected in New England by Wednesday night.
“As the storm moves East, it may not meet the criteria for a blizzard, but it will look like a blizzard,” says Mr. Kines. “There will be blowing and drifting snow.”
Many of the cities in the direct path of the storm – including Cleveland, Ohio, Erie, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y. – can expect up to a foot or more of snow. Rural areas in Vermont and New Hampshire can expect over a foot of the white stuff.