Winter Storm: A Blizzard Called Nemo Moves Into the Northeast

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Heavy snowfall and hurricane force winds will create blizzard conditions in New York City and Boston on Friday, February 8th. Photo: Al Camardella Jr / CC by 2.0

Heavy snowfall and hurricane force winds will create blizzard conditions in New York City and Boston on Friday, February 8th. Photo: Al Camardella Jr / CC by 2.0

When the groundhogs said that winter was going to end soon, they obviously didn’t check with Nemo. A severe winter storm is moving onto the East Coast today, and according to the National Weather Service, potential hurricane force winds will combine with snowfall to create blizzard conditions, particularly in the New York and Boston areas.

The potentially historic snowfall and blizzard conditions should roll in by Friday afternoon, and when they do, residents are urged to stay at home. One to three feet of snow are expected.

Winter Storm Nemo: Getting Ready

Sleet and light snow are already falling as the northeast prepares for Nemo. According to Flight Aware, thousands of flights have been cancelled in New York and Boston, and Amtrak has cancelled late afternoon service between the two cities.

Schools have declared a snow day, and many workers have been encouraged to avoid going out. In Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino encouraged people to stay off the streets, as snowfall amounts there are expected to break 1978 records. Heavy snow is expected to last into Saturday in New England, although it should dissipate by Saturday morning in New York City.

High Winds Bring Concern About Flooding in the Northeast 

The National Weather Service shows the east coast of the US covered in storm warnings, from a winter storm warning in the south to more dangerous hurricane-force wind warnings in the northeast. In the coastal areas from Boston northward, residents are being warned to prepare for potential flooding. Wind speeds over 70 mph could drive water up to four feet higher than normal.

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