cato1125cWinter storm watches and warnings have been issued for much of the eastern USA, all the way from the mountains of North Carolina to northern Maine, a distance of more than 1,000 miles. About 20 million people in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are under some form of winter weather alert.

A nor’easter named Cato is threatening to dump up to 6 inches of snow on the New York City area Wednesday through Thursday, potentially snarling transit for the Thanksgiving travel period, according to the National Weather Service.

Beginning Wednesday morning, New York City along with northern Nassau County, southern Westchester County, western Connecticut and parts of northeastern New Jersey could get 3 to 5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The precipitation is expected to start as a mix of rain and snow, as much as a half-foot of snow is possible in the New York City area, but then turn to just snow by the afternoon. Totals for the other big cities include 1-3 inches in Boston and Philadelphia and maybe an inch in Washington, D.C. Besides snow, roads could be covered with sleet or ice.

Late Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state would close Interstate 84 to commercial traffic between Connecticut and the Pennsylvania border beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday. He encouraged travelers to take alternate routes.

“In most cases, the worst time to travel in the mid-Atlantic and New England due to the storm will be on Wednesday and Wednesday night,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

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