Winter Storm Quinn to drop up to 12 inches of snow in New York, 19 in Massachusetts

U.S. Winter Storm Quinn Nor'easter Winter The Northeast is bracing for a new nor’easter, which is expected to bring rain and high winds, as well as several inches of snow, along the East Coast. Winter storm Quinn is set to pummel the storm-weary region just days after winter storm Riley caused massive flooding, tree damage and power outages. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning in several states, including Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. A pedestrian walks through Boston Common during a winter snowstorm in Boston on January 17. REUTERS/Brian Snyder Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now A winter storm watch has been placed as far south as northern Maryland and northern Delaware and as far north as northern Maine. Winter storm advisories reach parts of northwestern Maryland, eastern West Virginia and parts of western Virginia. The Weather Channel reported that the jet stream energy from Quinn will prompt the development of an intensifying area of low pressure near the coast Wednesday into Thursday. Snowfall forecasts have been challenging because meteorologists have struggled to determine where rain might turn to snow. The New York area is set to get total accumulations of 6 to 12 inches of snow, the National Weather Service reported. The interior portion of the Lower Hudson Valley and most of interior southern Connecticut are projected to get between 10 to 15 inches. Meanwhile, in New England, parts of western Massachusetts could see some 19 inches of snow. Greater Boston is projected to receive up to 8 inches of snow before the storm whittles out in the early hours of Thursday, The Boston Globe reported. Forecasters predicted the snow would intensify Wednesday into Wednesday night. The Weather Channel reported that it is more likely for the precipitation to remain snow, instead of a rain-snow mix, near Interstate 95 from eastern Pennsylvania and Continue Reading

Steven Tyler explains how he’s handling the snow in New York in an outdoor interview with CNN during the storm

You won't want to miss a thing from Steven Tyler's surprise appearance on CNN during the heart of Saturday's severe storm. The legendary Aerosmith front man stunned viewers when he joined a reporter outdoors in New York City in the middle of the blizzard and discussed how he was handling the near record-setting snow in the Big Apple. "I'm gonna hunker down," Tyler said. "I've got a funny feeling the storm's gonna keep us here a couple extra days." The 67-year-old rocker, a Manhattan native, said he came to the city to visit his daughter Mia, who joined him on camera, as well as his 9-year-old grandson, Milo. He also appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Friday. Tyler and his daughter said they've been dealing with snow in the northeast for years, but they contended they hadn't seen a storm like this in a long time. LIV TYLER IS PREGNANT, EXPECTING THIRD CHILD LESS THAN ONE YEAR AFTER WELCOMING SON SAILOR The "Dream On" rocker, who is promoting a new solo album, also promised that the weather won't force him to miss his appearance on "The Howard Stern Show" on Monday. But in the meantime, he's going to enjoy spending some time with his family indoors, while braving the storm the best way he knows how. "Two words: hot chocolate," he said. Continue Reading

Snow lovers, but not travelers, in New York may thank coming nor’easter for possible white Thanksgiving

New York City could get a white Thanksgiving this year — something that has happened only once since FDR was in the White House. A nor’easter is expected to bring a mix of rain and snow to the area Wednesday into Thursday morning — just in time to snarl traffic for holiday travelers. Forecasts call for nasty winter weather from New England to the Appalachians. Rain along the coast and snow inland is likely, but there is a chance of snow in New York City, which has had only one white Thanksgiving — in 1989 — since 1938. But either way, the nor’easter threatens to make a mess of highways and airports the day before Thanksgiving. “I would pack your patience,” Robert Sinclair of AAA New York said Monday. The storm is expected to move in late Tuesday night or early Wednesday. Rain is expected at first, along with brisk, blustery winds. It will persist into the evening Wednesday and then could shift to snow — though it’s too early to tell exactly how much the city will receive. The National Weather Service predicts 4 to 6 inches are possible in the northern part of the city and 2 to 4 in lower Manhattan. “It is going to be all snow for a good chunk of the afternoon and early evening, not ending until midnight,” meteorologist David Stark said. However, Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist for Weather Underground, said coastal cities are more likely to get rain, according to The Associated Press. But he added that the rain/snow line could shift once the storm gets closer to the area. “A small deviation in the track could change things dramatically,” he said. For Thanksgiving, slightly higher temps will likely clear away most of the white stuff, if the city gets snow. Continuing the yo-yo temperatures the city has seen of late, a cold front will move in Friday, plunging the mercury into the 20s on the hectic shopping day. Continue Reading

More snow for New York Saturday, thousands briefly without power in Brooklyn; Boston bracing for blizzard

New Yorkers will get a few inches of snow by Saturday night, forecasters said. But points north are expected to get lashed with a blizzard that could drop 12 inches or more from Boston to Maine. A cold air front will strengthen the storm as it moves across Long Island, with the tempest turning severe as it heads for New England, according to That could mean a fresh round of delays and flight cancellations for travelers on the President's Day holiday weekend. in Brooklyn, some 7,500 customers were left without power for about one hour Saturday afternoon because of overhead power line problems, Consolidated Edison said. The outage affected the Dyker Heights area. Drivers all along the East Coast were warned to be extra careful on highways slick with ice and snow. In New York City, the forecast was more favorable than earlier in the week, when up to 18 inches was predicted. “The signals are still there, and they are strengthening, that there will be some accumulation in New York City,” said meteorologist Tim Morrin of the National Weather Service. “But it will be light snow. Not the type of weather event we just went through.” The light rain that began falling Thursday during the bustling evening commute is the same precipitation expected to transition to snow overnight. “The tricky part here is to determine where the heaviest snowfall will be,” Morrin said. “Right now we are pretty confident most of the accumulations will be east of New York City, out on Long Island." Meanwhile, it was mush through the slush as millions of New Yorkers struggled to get around in a city where towering mounds of melting snow were surrounded by deep moats of gray, gloppy water. Friday was sunny. And a little warmer. “The last time we hit 40 degrees” was Feb. 3, said Morrin. Mayor de Blasio, who took flak Thursday Continue Reading

From tornadoes to massive snowstorms, it’s been a ferocious 6 months in New York

First came the wind: Three tornadoes carved a path of destruction through Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx last summer. Then came the snow: A pair of monster storms each dumped more than 15 inches on the city this winter. In the past six months, New York has experienced the most volatile period of weather in at least half a century. "I cannot recall a period like this," WPIX weatherman Mr. G. said. "And this winter has the potential to deliver major snow still," added the veteran meteorologist, who has worked in New York for more than three decades. "I think we're looking at some scenarios here where conceivably this could be the snowiest winter on record." Last summer's tornadoes weren't the first to hammer the city. A total of 10 twisters have touched down in New York since the National Weather Service began documenting them in 1950. But never have there been three tornadoes in the same season - and never has a season that produced a tornado been followed by such a devastating winter. The first twister struck July 25, lashing the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale with winds topping 125 mph. The Sept. 16 twin tornadoes wreaked havoc in Park Slope and Flushing, peeling off roofs, snapping trees and flipping tractor-trailers. Brownstones in Brooklyn were severely damaged in September. About three months later, the Christmas Blizzard of 2010 dumped 20 inches of snow on Central Park, paralyzing transit on one of the busiest travel days of the year. A second massive storm blanketed the city with 19 inches of powder on Jan. 27, marking the snowiest January ever recorded with 36 inches. Since 1869, only one other winter, 1960-1961, has produced two snowstorms that unloaded more than 15 inches of powder on Central Park. In all, the city has gotten 57.7 inches of the white stuff, just 17.9 inches short of the record set in the 1995-1996 winter. "With the January snowfall in Central Park, it's been the most active that we've had on record," said Continue Reading

Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith meet in New York to discuss collective bargaining agreement issues

IRVING, Tex. - Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith are going to have to spend an awful lot of time together to avoid a lockout when the collective bargaining agreement expires four weeks from Thursday at midnight. They took the first step Monday when Goodell met in New York with Smith, the NFLPA executive director. They are each in charge of their negotiations for the first time. In a joint statement - they finally agreed on something - the league and union said Goodell and Smith met "to discuss a range of issues related to a new collective bargaining agreement." They added that "as part of a process to intensify negotiations, they agreed to hold a formal bargaining session with both negotiating teams on Saturday in Dallas." And, amazingly enough, they agreed to a series of meetings over the next few weeks, "both formal bargaining sessions and smaller ground meetings, in an effort to reach a new agreement by early March." The threat of a lockout, which would send the NFL into chaos, has almost become bigger news than Super Bowl XLV. So, it makes sense that the league and the NFLPA get serious about at least making an attempt at reaching an agreement to avoid the owners locking the doors on the players, putting free agency and all the offseason workout programs on hold and creating some doubt whether the issues can get resolved in time to prevent regular-season games from being lost. Goodell, NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash and Smith are all holding informal media sessions this week. Smith holds his formal news conference Thursday and Goodell gives his annual state of the league address Friday. Now, with all these meetings planned, it will be interesting to see if they eliminate the shots they've been taking at each other publicly to avoid creating more friction than already exists. Already, Goodell said he will slash his reported $10 million salary down to $1 during a lockout. Smith said he will reduce his salary to 68 cents if a deal is done before the Continue Reading

Don’t bet on white Christmas in New York City – head to New Hampshire if you want snow

The probability of a white Christmas in New York City is a mere 14%, according to Cornell University projections.There's a much better chance of snow-blanketed streets in the mountains of New Hampshire.Cornell University's Climate Center, which released the data for Northeast cities, said there's a 95% chance of at least an inch of snow in Pinkham Notch, N.H.Not even North Pole - the tiny hamlet near upstate Lake Placid - has a better chance of getting snow.Syracuse, which already has recorded the snowiest December in its history with 70.9 inches, seems like a good bet. But it still only has a 68% chance.If you're trying to avoid the snow, bet on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, where the probability of snowfall is just 9%.The results are based on weather data from the last 50 years.Rounding out the top five places for a white Christmas were upstate Booneville and Old Forge; Caribou, Maine, and St. Johnsbury, Vt.  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Elin Nordegren says she got $300M ‘gift’ from hubby; Tiger Woods rumored to be in New York

Tiger Woods' scorned wife is telling pals that her philandering husband left a cool $300 million in her Christmas stocking - as reporters played a cat-and-mouse game hunting for him in New York Sunday. Elin Nordegren held her head high skiing in the French Alps over the weekend - and a stunning new report reveals why. Asked by pals what her tomcatting hubby got her for the holidays, Nordegren coolly declared, "Three hundred million dollars, thank you very much." The report, in Britain's News of the World, said it's all part of her plan to get hers - and keep their two kids in comfort - in a coming divorce battle. "She's 100% determined to split with Tiger," the source told the tabloid. "When she boasted of the '$300 million Christmas gift' and then laughed, it was clear to everyone around her that she's more focused than ever about moving on with her life." Woods has not seen his two children - Sam, 2, and 10-month-old Charlie - for more than a month and had to mail them their Christmas presents, the source said. "Elin feels that Tiger isn't mentally well enough to spend time with her or the kids," the source said. "Tiger wanted to see them for Christmas, but Elin went away skiing at a secret location in California and then fled to France for more snow and space." Photographs in Sunday's Daily News capture a carefree Nordegren hitting the slopes at France's Chamonix ski resort, where she celebrated her 30th birthday Friday inside the $8,000-a-night hideaway. While Nordegren is away, sources suggest her hubby is in New York to play. A source told The News that Woods was staying in the Trump International Hotel in Columbus Circle, showing up Saturday accompanied by a leggy blond woman. The source said Woods was staying in a $2,200-a-night, seventh-floor suite.The spy also said Woods ordered 16 cases of Red Bull and 20 bottles of Absolut Vodka delivered to his room.Woods has not showed his face in public since before Continue Reading

The Gore Effect brings snow to New York City

The first flakes fell in the city just after 1 p.m., each a unique and intricate crystal so delicate it could survive only an instant on an open palm, but signaling the arrival of power so great it had forced even the President to change his plans. Those of us whose thinking tends more toward the magical than the scientific might see the storm as the latest manifestation of a phenomenon named after a man who just missed becoming President. Al Gore has since become the clarion-in-chief about the dangers of global warning. His detractors delight in noting coincidences between events relating to his favorite subject and severe winter weather. These coincidences have been termed the Gore effect and they date back nearly six years, to a speech on global warming at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan that was accompanied by arctic, near-record cold. In 2006, Gore spoke about global warming in Australia two weeks before the start of summer and it snowed. Gore spoke at Harvard in October of 2008 and the temperature neared a record low set more than a century before. And so it went, right up to January of this year, when an ice storm accompanied his testimony about global warming before a Senate committee. The weather resulted in a snow day at the school where the Obama girls were newly enrolled, causing the President to suggest the nation's capital had punked. "We're going to have to try to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town," the President said. The Gore effect seemed to strike wimpy Washington again in March, when a snowstorm caused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to cancel an appearance at a global warming rally on the Capitol grounds. And last week, the Gore effect seemed to follow Obama as well as Pelosi and a big congressional delegation to the global warming summit in Copenhagen. They arrived to 4 inches of freshly fallen snow. The forecasters were promising the first white Christmas there in 14 years. As our representatives Continue Reading

Does luxury still live in New York?

Tell Jay-Z that luxury is dead and he'll show you the wood paneling in his Gulf-stream V. Tell the buyers of a luxury condo backing onto the rail tracks in Long Island City that luxury is dead and they'll swear by their double-paned silent windows it's alive and kicking. While luxury is a million different things to a million different people, for the past 25 years, brand marketers have pummeled the word into a sad state where its meaning is as confusing to consumers as quantum physics. Volvo claims it's a luxury vehicle. So does Cadillac. Lexus tried to redefine the word in the 1980s but diluted it even more. Ralph Lauren was luxury, then he licensed his label to mass manufacturers. Now, according to fashion insiders, he's buying back his name in certain product categories to better control his brand image. The concept of luxury has become confusing, but it's far from dead. When it comes to New York-area housing, luxury is applied by architects, home hunters and real estate agents to describe anything from a wall-to-wall carpeted two-bedroom condo in Asbury Park, N.J., to four-bedroom apartments overlooking Central Park with Corinthian marble entryways, bathroom bidets, 14-foot ceilings and Venetian blown-glass kitchen tile. "Luxury is a misused term because the market tries to apply it to everything," says Dr. Jim Taylor, vice chairman of the Harrison Group and co-author of "The Annual Survey of Affluence and Wealth in America," produced by American Express Publishing and Harrison Group. The 2008 version of the most definitive survey undertaken today on the habits of America's wealthiest individuals is being released at American Express' Luxury Summit conference on Tuesday. The data even cover those with $20 million or more in individual assets. "It serves marketers' interest to say their own product is luxurious," said Taylor. Luxury Defined So what is luxury? According to Taylor, whose clients include Gucci, Four Seasons Hotel Group, Continue Reading