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WINTER STORM: Snow Could Cripple Northeast

Posted on: 11:21 am, February 8, 2013, by , updated on: 04:25pm, February 8, 2013

The Governor of Connecticut has declared a State of Emergency for his state as a massive blizzard bears down on the Northeast tonight and Saturday.

Heavy snow has already pushed into Connecticut and extends all the way to Boston, Massachusetts. New York City will experience a rain/snow mix through early afternoon before conditions there begin to deteriorate as well.

The strong system is sliding up from Washington, DC where heavy rain and storms moved through early Friday. It will combine with a weaker system from the west that brought rain to Iowa on Thursday morning. That merger will help enhance snowfall rates and totals from Connecticut through Massachusetts to Maine where totals will fall in the two to three foot range, including in Boston.

Snow will continue to intensify overnight with the heaviest snow totals reaching 2 feet over the larger metro areas of Massachusetts. Boston’s records for heavy snow top out at 26″ Winds will be over 35 mph for most of the day Friday and Saturday, combining with two to three inch per hour snowfall rates in areas such as Hartford, Connecticut and Boston. New York City will see lower totals due to the mix of rain, but will still come in with around a foot to 18 inches of snow.

Most air traffic in and out of the area was pre-emptively cancelled and it is expected that travel will not be back to normal until at least next week.

NASA released a satellite photo of the storm Friday.

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA