Winter Storm Bruce Track, Path: Will Storm Hit New York, New Hampshire?

A winter storm that brought substanital amounts of snow and ice and hindered travel nationwide started making its way east on Monday after causing airlines to cancel more than 2,000 flights and snarling roadways in areas near the Great Lakes.

Across the plains and the Midwest, the storm brought significant blizzard conditions and prompted winter weather advisories and warnings. As the storm moved east it threatened to bring similar conditions to New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

The Weather Channel, which dubbed the storm Winter Storm Bruce, was tracking its travel across the country Monday. (The National Weather Service does not name winter storms; only the Weather Channel does.)

In states east of the Great Lakes on Monday, the storm was mostly bringing rain. In parts of western New York, however, there were winter storm watches and hazardous weather outlooks issued by the National Weather Service.

New Hampshire and Vermont joined Maine in issuing winter storm watches and winter weather advisories.

A winter storm warning was in effect from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday for parts of New Hampshire and Maine. Those areas could see anywhere from 6 to 9 inches of snow on average, with some areas seeing as much as 15 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning is issued when winter weather is hitting or about to hit an area. Winter weather is considered 5 or more inches of sleet or snow in half a day or 7 inches in a day, enough ice to damage trees or power lines and life-threatening wind or snow and ice. Any of those conditions or any combination of them currently happening or expected to happen shortly is enough for the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather warning.

A winter storm watch is issued when these conditions are expected to develop sometime in the next 48 hours. It means there's a chance of those conditions developing, but no guarantee. An advisory, on the other hand, is less severe. A winter weather advisory is issued when 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected.

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Residents in Humboldt Park dig out after an early winter snowstorm dumped several inches of snow on the neighborhood on November 26 in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images