How much snow will Winter Storm Hercules dump on the Northeast? Here's a round-up of the latest information on snowfall totals for Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island during the Nor'easter that will wind down on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
As predicted by the National Weather Service (NWS) and reported on The Weather Channel, the snowfall is intensifying and picking up all over the Northeast during the first snow storm of 2014.
Winter Storm Hercules Snowfall Totals:
Connecticut: NBC Connecticut states that between 6 and 11 inches of snow will fall on Thursday night into Friday with "brutal cold" to follow. Gov. Malloy called for the early release of state workers and schools Thursday. He urged people to call 211 if they needed a shelter.
Massachusetts: The most recent report from Weather.com indicates that up to 14 inches of snow is expected in Boston and southeastern MA. A blizzard warning is in effect for Cape Cod. On Thursday afternoon, Boston.com reported that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick made the decision to close all state offices on Friday and is "urging private employers to keep workers home."
New Jersey: Gov. Christie declared a state of emergency hours before snow started falling on Thursday. All state offices will be closed on Friday for non-essential workers. NBC40.net reports that up to 8" of snow is expected in some parts of the state; 3-5" is expected in South Jersey.
New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency Thursday. Interior parts of NY could see up to 12 inches of snow; NYC is expecting 8 inches. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Long Island, where 8 to 10 inches of snow could fall and winds are predicted to gust to 45 mph.
Rhode Island: Forecasters are predicting between 8 and 12 inches of snow. NBC 10's most recent report shows similar snowfall totals, with a bit less for the Westerly and Newport areas. However, high winds will cause blowing and drifting of snow, so a lesser snowfall could still make a big mess.