Another Big Storm: Linus To Hammer Northeast Through Tuesday Morning

Another big storm is walloping the Northeast. The Inquisitr reported yesterday that Linus is nothing like the cute, cuddly, blanket-toting tot of Peanuts fame. As predicted, this monstrous storm is hitting hard, canceling flights and making travel tough for motorists as well.

According to The Weather Channel, the storm is spreading a big swath of snow all the way from the Midwest to the Northeast, with reports of snow in Pittsburg and another foot of snow expected in Ohio.

A blizzard warning is in effect for Chicago, Northeast Illinois, and two counties in southeast Wisconsin, with the storm expected to deposit approximately 10 inches of snow by Monday morning. As of late Sunday morning, total snowfall at Chicago’s Midway airport was 8.5 inches.

Another 12 to 18 inches of snow could fall throughout the upper Northeast region, affecting Maine and Vermont and leading to big problems with the Monday morning commute. So far, winter storm Linus has caused a big impact, depositing approximately seven inches of snow in Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

By Monday, Boston will be feeling the effects of this big storm, with another foot of snow on top of accumulations remaining from the last snowfall. Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour are possible during the heaviest part of the storm, which is expected to make its way across Boston and nearby New England communities Monday morning.

A headline in the Worcester, Massachusetts News Telegram says it all, “Not again! Another big storm bearing down on us.”

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the region, with another eight to 14 inches of snow, frigid temperatures, and gusting winds expected beginning tonight and continuing until 1 a.m. Tuesday for most of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, along with the northeastern portion of Connecticut.

Besides being another big storm in terms of snowfall, Linus is expected to bring very cold temperatures to the Northeast.

Stephanie L. Dunten, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton says, “We’re expecting wind chill values of close to minus 25 degrees for the Worcester area.”

The Weather Channel says that although New York City is in the path of this big storm, it’s in an area known as the transition zone, meaning that different types of precipitation could fall. For NYC, snow totals from winter storm Linus could come to another three to five inches overnight Sunday before changing to a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain, and possibly rain just off the coast.

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Because New York City precipitation is expected to switch back to snow by the end of Monday, commute will be greatly impacted.

Power outages are another big problem associated with winter storm Linus. Because wet, heavy snow is expected to fall at a fast pace and freeze on contact, it may weigh down power lines.

Another big storm means more travel warnings and flight cancellations, with numerous authorities advising citizens to use caution throughout the event.

Over 1000 flights have been cancelled across the nation #Linus. Many of these cancellations come from Chicago’s ORD.

— Weather Blue (@weablue) February 1, 2015

Winter Storm Linus image courtesy of The Weather Channel