Winter Storm Niko will likely bring heavy snow to a sizable swath of the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor Wednesday night through Thursday. Some areas could pick up a half-foot or more of snow in a short amount of time. Before the storm hits we recommend being prepared with the following items:
- Shop ahead of time to have 3-5 days of non-perishable food on hand plus enough bottled water for one gallon per day per person
- Place flashlights with fresh batteries in several locations where they can be easily reached if you lose power in the dark
- Keep a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio on hand to listen to emergency weather information
- Keep your mobile phone battery fully charged for maximum life in a power outage, and if you do lose power, use the phone only for necessary calls
- Have a 5 to 7-day supply on hand of required prescription medications
- If you have a fireplace, have a supply of wood on hand
- If you do not have a fireplace, consider having an alternate method of heating such as a kerosene or propane heater approved for indoor use
- Stock up on baby supplies including food and diapers
- Ditto for pet supplies, and bring outdoor pets indoor - use Safe Paw Ice Melt to protect our furry friends
The snow will make for a difficult commute and will likely trigger significant flight delays Thursday in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia.
Winter storm warnings have now been posted by the National Weather Service for all of southern New England, southward into eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and parts of northern Delaware and northern Maryland. This includes the Boston, Providence, Hartford, New York City and Philadelphia.
Winter storm watches extend into southern New Hampshire and coastal Maine and south into parts of northern Maryland north of Baltimore and Washington D.C., as well as parts of eastern West Virginia.