The difference in snowfall amounts between the northwest corner of the state and the coast is likely to be extreme, with 9 to 11 inches to the north and less than an inch along the coast.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for a majority of the state.
Evening travelers face major challenges as a nor'easter continues to dump a sloshy mix of rain and snow throughout the NY metro area.
"With an impending snowstorm in the [metro New York] region and students attempting to return to campus from winter break, administrators felt it prudent to cancel classes for the safety of the student body", the Dateline statement read.
One piece of good news for the snow-weary: This mid-week snow won't be almost as wet and heavy as Friday's. The predictions for New York City by the NWS included four to six inches on Wednesday, with about an inch on Tuesday night. Forecasters said Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the New York City area could get a foot or more of snow, and MA 1 feet. There may be some snow at the onset and again at the end of the storm, but snow totals will be under 1 inch.
THURSDAY: Snow ending early in the morning. Another ocean storm is expected to develop on Monday, but latest indications are that it may stay safely to our south and east and slide out to sea underneath us. That said, the battering Riley provided along the coastline might make some areas more vulnerable to any coastal flooding that does occur.
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Predictions for Boston and all of MA haven't been consistent. Eastern Long Island will be under a winter storm watch.
Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s through the day Wednesday with temperatures getting colder later in the morning. Some New England coastal communities still are underwater from the earlier storm.
Block Island is under a high wind warning for winds blowing from the east at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gust up to 55 miles per hour.
Wind gusts could create "near-whiteout conditions" for commuters, the National Weather Service said.
A compact but powerful nor'easter will skirt the New Jersey coast Wednesday afternoon before heading toward Cape Cod.
A powerful nor'easter is charging toward the tri-state area for the second time in less than a week, threatening to dump up to a foot of heavy, wet snow and across NY and New Jersey, create "very hard to impossible" travel conditions and put pressure on already strained power lines. It also caused at least nine deaths on the east coast, including two children who were crushed by trees.