National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Watch

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The heart of the storm and heavy snow will fall during Tuesday morning's commute, particularly north and west of the Interstate 95 corridor.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of the state, with snow expected to begin falling between 5 and 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The warning includes all of Eastern Pennsylvania, including Bucks County and the City of Philadelphia, and Northern New Jersey.

The blizzard watch for the NY metro area includes the city plus Long Island, coastal CT and southern Westchester County.

Some lake enhancement will result in higher amounts of snow.

Snowfall forecasts for Tuesday, as of Monday morning.

Current models indicate that the northernmost parts of New Jersey could see 12-18 inches of snow by the time the storm wraps up late Tuesday night.

Temperatures throughout the area will be mostly in the 20s, the service reports, with winds out of the north at 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts up to 35 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service also warned that the heavy snow will "make many roads impassable and may produce widespread power outages due to the weight of snow on tree limbs and power lines".

The Department of Sanitation is also gearing up for a big storm, with 689 salt spreaders being deployed before the worst of it hits, and more than 1,600 plows out once the snow gets going.

The weather service says areas along the south coast could get less, around 8 to 12 inches. Coastal areas may see blizzard or near-blizzard conditions. Temperatures will remain in the lower 30s Fahrenheit (1C), with northeast winds gusting up to 30mph.

Farther west, much of MA and Rhode Island are under a Winter Weather Watch, with the NWS projecting over 6 inches of heavy snow starting late Monday night and continuing through Tuesday night.

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