Accuweather predicts storm could be ‘historic’

The latest look at the snow storm via Accuweather.

 State College, Pa. — 8 February 2013 — AccuWeather reports a major and potentially historic snowstorm will hit New England as a blizzard Friday and Friday night, with the height of the storm occurring late Friday into Friday night.

The merging of two storms, an Alberta Clipper from the west and a storm from the south, will bring tremendous snow and damaging winds to many locations throughout the Northeast.

A widespread swath of 12-24 inches of snow will stretch from southern New England to coastal Maine. Some towns and communities in this area may pick up over 2 feet of snow.

The latest snowfall forecast map can be found on the AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center

Significant travel delays will occur throughout the Northeast on the roads, at the airports and on the rails. Travel will likely be shut down across much of New England. These effects will last into much of the weekend.

UPDATES:

10:00 a.m. EST Friday: The rain-snow line is hovering right around New York City, with mixed precip on the island. It is raining in Linden and at JFK but snowing in Central Park and Newark– just a difference of about 10 miles.

9:45 a.m. EST Friday: “Snow starting to fall here in Northern NJ/NYC,” Paul Bassett, a photographer from N.J., tweeted.

9:20 a.m. EST Friday: “Businesses in Kendall Square closed in anticipation of #bosnow,” Catherine Cloutier, of Boston.com, tweeted. “No snow yet, just an eerie, deserted calm.”

9:05 a.m. EST Friday: The rain-snow line is running right across the southern New York City area.

8:20 a.m. EST Friday: “Only boy in the world,” Boston resident Charlie Maher shared on Facebook from the T during an empty Friday morning “rush hour.”

8:00 a.m. EST Friday: Almost 3,000 flights cancelled so far, as of 8 a.m.

7:50 a.m. EST Friday: AccuWeather Meteorologist Henry Margusity came into work today wearing his “Big Daddy” snowstorm sweatshirt. “My son wants to be a meteorologist. I told him this morning, you’re going to study this one in school someday,” Margusity said.

7:20 a.m. EST Friday: Flights headed the Philadelphia airport are being delayed at their origin an average of an hour and a half due to low clouds.

6:50 a.m. EST Friday: A foot of snow fell over the past 24 hours near Midland, Mich.

5:15 a.m. EST Friday: Reports from Long Island and throughout Connecticut of gas stations out of gas and very long lines at other gas stations.

4:10 a.m. EST Friday: Mount Pleasant, located in central Michigan, has reported 10.5 inches of snow. Just to the south in Alma, Mich., a total of 7.1 inches of snow has fallen.

2:00 a.m. EST Friday: According to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., 5 inches of snow have fallen in Blue Ridge, Va. Meanwhile, reports of 2-4 inches of snow have fallen around Roanoke, Va.

12:45 a.m. EST Friday: Many locations in Lake County, Ill., located north of Chicago, have reported around 8 inches of snow. Light snow is still falling.

By Matt Alto, meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

 

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