Major winter storm bringing dangerous snow, ice, rain to rush hour commutes

 guce.oath.com  02/12/2019 15:50:00   EMILY SHAPIRO, MAX GOLEMBO and MELISSA GRIFFIN

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A major winter storm is barreling through the Northeast Tuesday, bringing dangerous snow, ice and rain to rush hour commutes.

Over 1,800 Tuesday flights had been canceled. The hardest hit airport was LaGuardia in New York City with over 470 flights canceled.

(MORE: What you need to know about winter storms)

PHOTO: Snow blankets a Connecticut parking lot, Feb. 12, 2019. (WTNH)
PHOTO: Snow blankets a Connecticut parking lot, Feb. 12, 2019. (WTNH)

The snow falling in New York City Tuesday morning is forecast to continue through the early afternoon before changing to sleet and rain.

Searingtown Road in Manhasset. But #snow is turning to rain. School closures in this area from Herricks and Manhasset, to Port Washington, Mineola and Cold Spring Harbor. Latest on the icy conditions at 12:30 live on @ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/vnoGn9tYAS

— Stacey Sager (@staceysager7) February 12, 2019

The afternoon commute "will likely be a slow slog," said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who declared a state of emergency.

"We continue to urge everybody to please take it slow and proceed with caution," Murphy told reporters Tuesday.

A major storm is making its way to the East Coast this morning. (ABC News)
A major storm is making its way to the East Coast this morning. (ABC News)

(MORE: What every motorist needs to know about driving in snow)

In Boston, the snow begins in the afternoon and will be heavy at times -- the worst timing for the evening commute.

Snow tonight in Boston will begin around rush hour. (ABC News)
Snow tonight in Boston will begin around rush hour. (ABC News)

Public schools in Worcester, Massachusetts, are among those closed.

The snow will eventually change to rain for all the Northeast coastal cities, but inland, it's a different story. In Pennsylvania, New York state and New England, some areas may see up to 1 foot of snow.

Washington, D.C., should see rain exclusively from the big storm.

Philadelphia is forecast to get 1 to 2 inches of snow and sleet

New York City is expected to get 2 to 3 inches of snow before getting sleet and freezing rain

Boston is forecast for 4 to 5 inches of snow as well as sleet and freezing rain.

The storm moves out on Wednesday.

The storm should move out of the Northeast Wednesday morning. (ABC News)
The storm should move out of the Northeast Wednesday morning. (ABC News)

(MORE: How to stay safe from frostbite as frigid temperatures hit Midwest, Northeast)

Meanwhile, in the Midwest, a major ice storm struck overnight in Chicago, coating power lines and the city's airports.

Wisconsin and Michigan may be in for 1 foot of snow with ice expected from Chicago to Detroit.

And on the West Coast, Seattle is buried under record-breaking snow.

Seattle was hit on Monday with its fourth snowstorm in one week.

With more than 20 inches from the storms, the city is experiencing its snowiest February on record and snowiest overall month in 50 years.

PHOTO: Pedestrians cross a deserted street as heavy snow falls, Feb. 11, 2019, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
PHOTO: Pedestrians cross a deserted street as heavy snow falls, Feb. 11, 2019, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

That storm is now headed for California, which should see significant rainfall in San Francisco and then Los Angeles.

The heaviest rainfall will be in Northern California, where residents could see more than 4 inches of rain.

More storms are forming out West. (ABC News)
More storms are forming out West. (ABC News)

ABC News' Will Gretsky, Christine Theodorou and Chad Murray contributed to this report.

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