Winter storm Janus, named for the month of January, will pack a punch in the Northeast on Tuesday making for a miserable commute home.
Janus will be short-lived, but it’s impact will certainly be felt up and down the I-95 corridor, from Virginia to New England from Tuesday through early Wednesday.
This winter storm will merge with a very strong high pressure system and bitterly cold arctic air building in from Canada, along with blustery winds which will make temperatures dip below freezing in some areas.
Winter storm Janus will affect a relatively small area, compared to the last major storm to hit the Northeast, winter storm Hercules — also known as the Polar Vortex — which left just about every state in freezing temperatures for several days.
The low-pressure system associated with winter storm Janus is expected to reach Virginia and the Carolinas on Tuesday and quickly move of the mid-Atlantic coast Tuesday afternoon.
Then it will take a left turn and intensify into a major coastal storm, moving northeastward parallel to the coast of the Northeast and New England Tuesday night and Wednesday, The Weather Channel says.
The heaviest snowfall with winter storm Janus may hold off until just after the morning commute Tuesday. Snow will then move northeast into New York City, Boston, and other areas in between during the midday and afternoon hours.
The worst conditions will affect Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia in the afternoon and evening hours, and the New York-Boston corridor from late afternoon through the overnight hours Tuesday night.
Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and New Jersey will see accumulating snow with the heaviest snowfall expected Tuesday afternoon to Tuesday night.
Temperatures are predicted to fall into the 20s and teens in some areas and with the strong winds they will fee even colder.
Snowfall from winter storm Janus will quickly wind down south of New York City on Tuesday night and the system will move to the north.
New England can expect snowfall to continue into Wednesday morning. Blizzard conditions are possible in some areas of far southeast Massachusetts, including Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
Blizzard warnings are posted for those areas Tuesday night through midday Wednesday. Maine will see that last of the snowfall from winter storm Janus on Wednesday night.
Total snow accumulations from the winter snow Janus are expected to be between 6 to 12 inches along portions of the I-95 corridor from northern Virginia all the way to Providence, and Boston. Highs will stay below freezing for all of the Northeast for the rest of the workweek.