How Many Inches of Snow Are We Getting Today? Major Winter Storm Hits U.S.

A major winter storm in the northeast of the country is forecast to bring up to 12 inches of snowfall Monday in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Up to 12.5 inches of snow have been reported in parts of the northeast region, as of Sunday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Heavy snowfall is expected daytime Monday in much of the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with five to seven inches of snow forecast for the New York/New Jersey metro area. Six to 12 inches are expected for the eastern Long Island and far southeast Connecticut regions, mixing with rain and sleet from Monday afternoon into Tuesday, the NWS notes.

Around 18 to 24 inches of snow are forecast for "NYC [New York City], NE NJ [northeast New Jersey], Lower Hudson Valley, much of Nassau, & portions of SW CT [southwest Connecticut]. Lesser amounts as you head E [east] due to warm air aloft & at the surface, changing snow to wintry mix of rain, snow, & sleet. A changeover to all rain is likely for Twin Forks of LI [Long Island]," the NWS tweeted Sunday.

Snowfall will continue in upstate New York through Tuesday evening. Up to 18 inches of snow is expected in New York City, Long Island and Mid-Hudson regions, with wind gusts that could surpass 60 miles per hour on the eastern end of Long Island. Other parts of the state could see more than a foot of snow by Tuesday, the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned in a statement Sunday.

"The Southern Tier, Capital Region, and Mohawk Valley will see a widespread 8 to 16 inches by Tuesday afternoon, and some areas in the North Country will see up to 10 inches by Wednesday," the statement added.

Cuomo tweeted Sunday: "New York is directly in the path of a major storm set to become a nor'easter as it approaches the East Coast later tonight. I urge New Yorkers to keep a very close eye on the weather over the next few days & take steps to stay safe."

New snow forecast: 18"- 24" for NYC, NE NJ, Lower Hudson Valley, much of Nassau, & portions of SW CT. Lesser amounts as you head E due to warm air aloft & at the surface, changing snow to wintry mix of rain, snow, & sleet. A changeover to all rain is likely for Twin Forks of LI pic.twitter.com/ZvJHUMeHp4

— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) January 31, 2021

The NWS explains: "A Nor'easter is a storm along the East Coast of North America, so called because the winds over the coastal area are typically from the northeast. These storms may occur at any time of year but are most frequent and most violent between September and April.

"They nearly always bring precipitation in the form of heavy rain or snow, as well as winds of gale force, rough seas, and, occasionally, coastal flooding to the affected regions. The heavily populated region between Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston, the 'I-95 Corridor,' is especially impacted by Nor'easters."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of local emergency in New York City. "Beginning 6 AM tomorrow, February 1, nonessential travel will be restricted in New York City. This winter storm will be dangerous with heavy snowfall and strong winds. If you can stay home, stay home. Keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles."

Chris Bruin, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, tweeted: "It almost looks like its raing [raining] SNOW in New York City! Really coming down after midnight. @weatherchannel #WinterStorm."

It almost looks like its raing SNOW in New York City! Really coming down after midnight. @weatherchannel #WinterStorm pic.twitter.com/bXq21Hfd15

— Chris Bruin (@TWCChrisBruin) February 1, 2021

A state of emergency was also declared in New Jersey. "In preparation for the expected winter storm, I'm declaring a STATE OF EMERGENCY beginning at 7:00 PM tonight [Sunday]. State agencies are ready to respond, and we will use every resource at our disposal to ensure the safety of New Jerseyans," New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Sunday.

Winter storm warnings, watches and winter weather advisories have been issued in several parts of upstate New York and the surrounding areas.

A Winter Storm Warning is in place for "southern Vermont, the Mohawk Valley & from Capital District south and east," while a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the Hamilton and northern Warren counties of New York state, according to the NWS.

A Winter Weather Advisory is also in place for the southern Warren, northern Saratoga, and Washington counties of New York state, the NWS advised.

Drone footage coming out of #NewJersey from earlier this afternoon. The fresh #snow started coming down in the northeast. #njwx pic.twitter.com/1aVbdTkjLd

— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) January 31, 2021

The NWS explains: "Winter Storm Warnings are issued for a significant winter weather event including snow, ice, sleet or blowing snow or a combination of these hazards. Travel will become difficult or impossible in some situations.

"Winter Storm Watches are issued when conditions are favorable for a significant winter storm event (heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storm, heavy snow and blowing snow or a combination of events).

"Winter Weather Advisories are issued when snow, blowing snow, ice, sleet, or a combination of these wintry elements is expected but conditions should not be hazardous enough to meet warning criteria. Be prepared for winter driving conditions and possible travel difficulties."

Times Square NYC winter storm January 2021
People crossing the street as snow falls in Times Square, New York City on January 31. Up to 12 inches of snowfall is forecast for Monday in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images