Moving cross country, winter storm takes aim at Northeast

Street signs are covered in snow in north Flagstaff Ariz. Friday Nov. 29 2019. A powerful storm making its way east from California is threatening major disruptions during the year's busiest travel weekend as forecasters warned that intensifying

Forecasters are calling it a double-barreled storm that will first spread rain, ice and snow into the northeastern United States during Saturday and Sunday.

We see lighter snow for the higher elevations inland Monday afternoon before the winds shift to out of the north Monday night into Tuesday and the rain/snow line will retreat to the coast again. This is when just enough warm air is likely to sweep in from the south and the Atlantic to bring plain rain to coastal areas of the upper mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England. Here are the most recent snowfall predictions and timing of the storm.

Depending on how close to the coastline this storm ends up the Monday night Tuesday event could provide Eastern Massachusetts with a major snow storm. Travelers using Interstates 70, 76, 79, 80, 81, 86, 90 and 99 corridors could encounter slippery roadways during that time. Roads may turn icy.

This is a downgrade from the 3 to 5 inches of snow predicted Saturday afternoon and prior to that, a three-to-eight inch prediction Saturday morning. A coupling of low-pressure systems will cause havoc in the central New Jersey and northern New Jersey areas on Sunday and Monday.

The storm is taking shape over the midwest today. "The big storm that moved onto the West Coast last Tuesday will reach the eastern U.S. this weekend".

Conditions were better in the Twin Cities, but still downright nasty.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, atmospheric conditions will allow mainly snow to spread across northern and eastern NY state to western and central New England.

The system is expected to kick in after 7 p.m. tonight and last until Sunday morning.

Ahead of the anticipated winter weather, American Airlines issued waivers for passengers traveling Sunday and Monday on flights to and from New York's John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports as well as Newark and the airline's hub in Philadelphia. Conditions along these highways will range from wet to slushy to snow-covered. Springfield is expected to see eight to 12 inches of snowfall. An AccuWeather Local StormMax of 18 inches is forecast and most likely to occur over the Berkshires and Catskills.

Between four and six inches of snow were forecast in Bergen, Essex, Union, Hudson and Passaic counties, according to the NWS.

Monday Night - A chance of rain before 8 p.m., followed by a slight chance of snow showers overnight.

This storm is a three-phase process, starting on Sunday morning.

The timing and track of the storm will affect any accumulations, so be sure to stick with News 12 for the very latest forecast information.

The National Weather Service is warning of unsafe driving today and through the day Monday.

The city's Department of Sanitation has 705 salt spreaders ready to begin work once two inches of snow has fallen, officials said.

"Airports along the coast will be looking at lower visibility, and that will make for tougher travel coming out of the Northeast", Hurley added.