Winter Storm Quinn Update: Forecast Shows Increased Snow Total Estimates

Winter storm Quinn was off to a slow start Wednesday morning, though schools across the Northeast were closed and officials were warning residents of impending severe weather. The light rain and spurts of falling snow, however, were just the calm before the nor'easter.

Forecasters were predicting that the storm, dubbed Quinn by the Weather Channel, would drop snow along the mid-Atlantic and Northeast for hours, in some places totaling more than a foot. Just before 11 a.m. ET, the National Weather Service increased its prediction to reflect that the service was expecting 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour.

[10:45am Update] Based on the latest trends and observations we have bumped up our snowfall forecast. Heavy snow will fall this afternoon with rates of 1-2" per hour.

— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) March 7, 2018

Quinn was threatening the East Coast with strong winds, thunder, heavy wet snow and possible flooding. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were in effect for regions up and down the coast, from Virginia to Maine, on Wednesday. The center of the low-pressure system was beginning to intensify Wednesday morning, and the area of precipitation was heading toward the southern coast of New England, according to a report from the Weather Prediction Center.

Snow was starting to fall in New York City around noon as the storm was preparing to head up the East Coast. The heaviest snowfall was expected there during the afternoon hours, along with thunder. In Massachusetts, snow was expected to start accumulating in the interior between 2 and 4 p.m. ET and along the coast around 6 or 7 p.m.

Massachusetts was expecting to see the heaviest snow and the most accumulation in the central and western parts of the state. The coastline was expected to be spared from severe flooding, but conditions across the state were expected to hamper travel and possibly bring down trees and power lines.​

Steady snow will develop late this morning and afternoon, with the greatest impacts during the evening commute. This is the latest model run from the HRRR.

— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) March 7, 2018