Major New England Blizzard Unfolding

February 8th, 2013 at 1:04 pm by under Weather

New England blizzard outlook courtesy NWS

If you haven’t heard, New England is about to get clobbered with a major blizzard.    Now, I am not talking about a few inches of snow and winds gusting to 35 mph.  How about 30″ of snow and winds approaching 70 mph!

Here is the warning information straight from the National Weather Service:

 HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...BLOWING AND DRIFTING AT TIMES...
  QUARTER MILE VISIBILITIES...AND WINDS GUSTING NEAR 60 MPH.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF MORE THAN 2 FEET.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP BY THIS MORNING...BECOMING
  HEAVY LATE IN THE DAY INTO THE EVENING COMMUTE. THE HEAVIEST
  SNOW...ESPECIALLY FOCUSED ALONG THE I-95 CORRIDOR... WILL FALL
  TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND DANGEROUS TRAVEL. WHITEOUT
  CONDITIONS ARE ANTICIPATED AS ROADS BECOME SNOW COVERED BY THIS
  EVENINGS COMMUTE. STRONG NORTH-NORTHEAST WINDS ARE ANTICIPATED
  WITH GUSTS UP TO AROUND 60 MPH...RESULTING IN BLOWING AND
  DRIFTING OF SNOW. DAMAGE TO TREES AND STRUCTURES ALONG WITH
  SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE ANTICIPATED.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 70 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

Want to see the conditions as they unfold, click here to see weather cameras from our sister station WPRI in Providence.

Click here to see the NWS Boston Office official snow forecast.

How does this compare to the Blizzard of 1978?  Click here to find out.

The next storm behind the New England Blizzard is also impressive, but it will hit the Northern Plains:

84 Snow total forecast from NAM model, courtesy WeatherCaster.com

Yes, snow lovers, we miss out again.  If you look closely at the map above of the NAM model and it’s 84 hour snow total forecast, you can see parts of Eastern North Dakota pick up over 12 inches of snow.

As of now, I do not see any major snow storms for us in the next week, only rain Sunday night, followed by colder conditions for the end of next week.

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