The alert - issued by the city, not the National Weather Service - means the city is preparing hundreds of salt spreaders, plows and tire chains in case they're needed. Winds will increase as well, but not to the level of the intense gusts we had with Friday's storm. The strongest winds are expected this afternoon and evening and have the potential to knock out power. Heavy snow and strong winds are making travel almost impossible on most highways in eastern South Dakota.
While power was restored to most residents within 12 to 24 hours of the storm, according to the National Grid online power outage map, there are still some rural areas where power has just been restored and some isolated areas which remain without power.
"Thundersnow is also a possibility as this system will undergo rapid intensification as well", the Weather Service says. Tens of thousands are still without power as the coastal storm develops off the Carolinas and tracks along the coast.
Wednesday: Snow tapers off by daybreak, but then heavier snow arrives in late morning or early afternoon. More than 90,000 homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday, mostly in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and NY.
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"This shifts to (Southern New England) tonight, so don't be surprised to hear thunder or see lightning!", the Weather Service said. The impact on evening travel is expected to range from minor in southeastern CT to Major in the Hartford / Stamford areas and the NW hills with a deep snowpack on most roads. During the ban, any vehicle parked on a city street will be towed at the owner's expense. After midnight there will be lighter snow or rain changing to a brief period of snow.
But the anticipated six to eight inches of snow didn't stop out-of-towners from enjoying their visit to the city of Brotherly Love.
This Afternoon: Snow intensity increasing and becoming heavy at times by 1:00 PM in Southwestern CT and into the Hartford/Middletown areas by 4:00 PM. Narragansett electric said it completed power line repairs in Rhode Island.
The ground is also still saturated from the first nor'easter, that there's concern more trees could come down. Snow totals in Boston have been harder to predict than for the rest of the state, WBUR's meteorologist Dave Epstein said. Parts of southern New Jersey and along the coast may not see as much in the way of accumulation by the time the storm is over. Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains and parts of MA could see up to 18 inches.
The outages turned to outrage for a New Jersey man, whose home had been without electricity since Friday, who threatened to kidnap a utility company employee and blow up a substation.
The CBS affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut has named the winter storm hitting much of the Northeast with the name "Elsa", apparently taking inspiration from the character of the same name in the Disney movie "Frozen".
- This report was updated at 2:11 p.m. and 2:43 p.m.