Winter Storm Janus Forecast: National Weather Service Issues Warnings in NYC, DC, East Coast

January 20, 2014 Updated: January 20, 2014

Winter Storm “Janus,” as it has been dubbed, is expected to dump snow in New York City, Washington D.C., and other parts of the East Coast on Tuesday.

Winter Storm Janus was named by the Weather Channel on Monday–the tenth named storm of the 2013-2014 season.

According to the broadcaster, the storm will bring snow to the Interstate 95 corridor along the East Coast, going from Virginia to New England.

The storm will first hit the Ohio Valley area, northern Illinois, and it will then head eastward.

The snowstorm will hit Virginia, the Carolinas, and Maryland by midday on Tuesday. Philadelphia, New York City, Delaware, New Jersey, and Boston will get hit Tuesday night and in the late afternoon.

Accuweather said that traffic might be snarled along the I-95 corridor. Expect flight delays and slippery, icy roads.

Brian Wimer, a weather expert, told the webiste: “For Washington, D.C., this could be the biggest storm since Jan. 26, 2011, when about 5 inches of snow fell.”

Around 3 to 6 inches are expected across the East Coast–from the mid-Atlantic to New England.

“Motorists planning to travel along I-64, I-66, I-68, I-70, I-81 and I-95 should use caution and prepare for possible slowdowns. Gusty and chilly winds developing on the back side of the clipper will blow the snow around, causing some reduction in visibility for motorists,” the website writes.

AP updates for the storm:

New York:

NEW YORK (AP) — A winter storm is expected to dump anywhere from six to 10 inches of snow in the New York City area.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the city, including western Long Island, from noon Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday. Forecasters say the snow will be accompanied by strong winds.

The sanitation department says it has begun loading salt spreaders and preparing plows to handle the snow alert. The department is also coordinating efforts with the city’s Office of Emergency Management and the Transportation Department.

Alternate side parking regulations for Tuesday has also been suspended.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Washington say they will have more than 200 plows on city streets ahead of expected snow.

Officials say the plows will be on the streets Tuesday by 8 a.m.

The head of the Department of Public Works, William O. Howland Jr., says crew applied a solution of brine and beet juice to bridges and other elevated structures on Monday to reduce the possibility of ice forming. He says that once snow starts falling crews will spread salt until enough snow accumulates to require plowing.

The National Weather Service says the city could see up to six inches of snow.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Transportation officials in Maryland are preparing for snow.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says crews were out Monday ahead of the snow expected for Tuesday. State Highway Administration head Melinda Peters says the snow is expected to affect travel for most of the day, including morning and evening commutes.

She says motorists should allow extra time for travel and reduce speeds.

The National Weather Service says snow of up to eight or nine inches is expected in parts of the state Tuesday.

South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — An Arctic cold front forecast to move across the Carolinas early Tuesday morning is expected to bring snow and gusting winds.

A winter storm advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg on Monday predicts that snow will fall in the southern Appalachian mountains, with heavy accumulation of up to six inches at the higher elevations. Winds of 15 to 20 miles to hour are expected, with gusts up to 45 miles per hour. Wind chills could make the temperature feel as if it is below zero.

The cold front is expected to continue moving east across the states on Tuesday, bringing freezing temperatures and snow to the Piedmont in the afternoon. Accumulations, if any, are predicted to range from a trace to a light dusting.


GRAY, Maine (AP) — Bitter cold temperatures are returning to Maine and will likely hang around through the end of week.

James Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, says temperatures are expected to dip to near or below zero throughout much of Maine Monday night. Areas in the mountains could see temperatures as low as 20 below zero.

Brown says the coldest air will arrive on Thursday and temperatures will start warming up over the weekend.

For the third time this winter, Republican Gov. Paul LePage recently signed a limited emergency allowing fuel transport and delivery truck drivers to spend extra hours on the roads to ensure that no one is left in the cold.