Winter storm (not tsunami) bearing down on East Coast

  • Some on the East Coast got a push notification on their phone Tuesday about a tsunami, but the National Weather Service said it was a test. AP

Associated Press
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

A storm predicted to deliver more than 6 inches of snow is on its way toward the northeast; however, a tsunami is not.

The National Weather Service said the snow will start late Wednesday morning and last into early evening, with 1 or 2 inches falling hourly during the peak of the storm. There’s a potential for the snow to change over to a wintry mix of sleet and rain over parts of southern New Hampshire and the Maine coast.

Meanwhile, a routine National Weather Service test Tuesday resulted in a false push notification to mobile phones about a tsunami warning, giving a jolt to many residents on the East Coast.

A glitch meant some people received what looked like an actual warning, NWS meteorologist Hendricus Lulofs said. The National Weather Service is trying to sort out what went wrong, he said. Officials said the false alarm appeared to be an issue with the popular Accuweather app.

The storm, on the other hand, is for real.

The New Hampshire Legislature has already canceled Wednesday’s House session, and police reminded drivers to take it slow.

State police said Monday night that they recorded 94 vehicle crashes and/or vehicles off the road in a 24-hour period that included mixed precipitation. A police cruiser was struck on Interstate 89 while the trooper was covering a crash.