NEW YORK — A storm that already snarled Thanksgiving travel across much of the country threatened to dump a foot and a half of snow on parts of the East, leading governments to close schools and offices, canceling or delaying hundreds of flights, and sending an army of salt trucks scrambling to coat roads.
The storm dumped one round of snow on parts of the region late Sunday and could drop 10 to 20 inches total by Tuesday morning from Pennsylvania to Maine, forecasters said. Heavy snow was also expected in the Appalachian Mountains down to Tennessee and North Carolina.
Alana Kirkpatrick didn’t enjoy her 5 a.m. “workout” in Nashua, New Hampshire, which consisted of removing heaps of snow from her car.
“Why do I still live in New England?” she said.
Hundreds of schools were already closed, with more snow on the way.
“It’s going to be a long, difficult storm,” Gov. Chris Sununu said.
In areas not already bludgeoned by the first wave, schools closed preemptively as rain was expected to turn into snow in the region’s first significant storm of the season, a nor’easter so named because the winds typically come from the northeast.
Inland areas appeared to be in for the worst snow, with the forecast in Albany, New York, predicting 6 to 14 inches. At least four counties closed schools Monday in West Virginia, where 2 inches to a foot of snow was forecast.