The governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency, and other states were urging precautions Thursday ahead of a weekend winter storm that could dump a half-foot of snow in New York City.

Forecasters for New York City stressed that things could change, but said Thursday night that “confidence is increasing” for a string storm system and estimated around 10 inches of snow.

The winter storm is expected to start Friday evening. Winter storm watches covered the East Coast from northeastern North Carolina to Maine on Thursday night.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Thursday declared a state of emergency and urged residents to stay off the roads if possible.

On Thursday morning meteorologists continued to pour over all available forecast model data to be able to provide more details regarding the expected timing and effects of the weekend winter storm for the East Coast.

Less than two days before the start of the storm, local National Weather Service offices […]

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