A massive, powerful snowstorm that has been predicted to be an historic blizzard, slammed the New York City to Boston corridor on Friday, canceling thousands of flights and causing hundreds of thousands of people to lose their power across the Northeast.
Over a foot of snow fell by Friday night in the Boston area and portions of Connecticut. Residents from New York City to Bangor, Maine filled grocery and hardware stores to buy food items, snow shovels, snow blowers and generators which were some things that were hard to find during Superstorm Sandy this past fall. Many people lined up for gasoline as well as gas was a rare commodity during Sandy.
The big storm which was caused by two fronts that collided, is being called “Nemo” by forecasters. The powerful, possibly historic blizzard could end up dumping up to three feet of snow in the East before the system moves northeast. New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts have all declared states of emergency as blizzard warnings were put into effect for much of New England early Friday. The National Weather Service warned Friday that travel in the affected areas was extremely dangerous.
In Boston, the MBTA suspended all public transportation as of 3:30pm Friday. A city-wide parking ban was also put in effect. The faithful of Boston have been excused from mass on Sunday as the city’s Archdiocese told people not to attempt going to church as the streets and sidewalks are mostly impassible. If Boston does get 3 feet of snow before Nemo moves out of the area, it would rank as Bean Town’s largest ever snowfall. The previous high of of 27.6 inches was recorded in 2003. As of midnight Friday, Boston had already received 18 inches of snow so it’s halfway there to making history. And, since forecasters predict another 8 to 9 hours of steady snow, that new record may very well be set by Nemo.
Strong winds have made this storm especially rough. The National Weather Service reported Friday night that wind gusts of about 72 miles per hour were reported along the coastline of Massachusetts and through the greater Boston area. Wind guests of 74 miles per hour were recorded on Cape Cod. Winds of that intensity could cause substantial flooding along the coast during Saturday’s high tide. Officials are warning people that there could be storm surge of up to 3 feet Saturday which could seriously impact homes and businesses on the coast.