Blizzard Alert: Northeast Braces For Powerful Historic Snowstorm

Blizzard Watches In Effect For Parts Of New England

A potentially historic winter storm is predicted to strike the Northeast on Friday, potentially crippling millions of people with 1 to 2 feet of snow. Flights and schools are already being canceled ahead of this storm. As of 3:30 pm EST 1,100 Friday flights have been canceled and airlines are urging fliers to change their plans and get out of the way of this system. The National Weather Service is predicting an intense low pressure system track just off the Northeast coast late Friday into Saturday, bringing the heaviest snow totals early Sunday morning to New England from coastal Maine to Connecticut, and Upstate New York. Some locations were expected to receive a foot or more of snow, with locations in coastal New England expected to receive close to two feet of storm! Latest predictions are that the new york city metro area could receive up to a foot of snow on Friday according to The Weather Channel.

2013_01_emergalert-thumb-640x669-772497Did you get an emergency alert message today? Your not alone. Millions in the path of this storm system received an emergency alert text message that read: “Emergency Alert: Blizzard Warning this area til 1:00 PM EST Sat. Prepare. Avoid Travel. Check media. -NWS” This is because the National Weather Service works with cellphone carriers to distribute these messages.

 

 

 

 

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Here Is A Statement Issued By The National Weather Service Describing The Storm

A COMPLEX WEATHER SCENARIO WILL UNFOLD ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF THE NATION OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS…IN WHICH TWO WEATHER SYSTEMS FROM THE POLAR AND SUBTROPICAL JET STREAMS WILL COMBINE TO PRODUCE A MAJOR AND POTENTIALLY HISTORIC WINTER STORM FOR THE NORTHEASTERN U.S.

THE NORTHERN STREAM SYSTEM IS MOVING THROUGH THE MIDWEST THIS AFTERNOON…BRINGING RAIN TO THE MISSISSIPPI AND OHIO RIVER VALLEYS…AND SNOW TO THE GREAT LAKES. THE SOUTHERN STREAM LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS MOVING ACROSS THE GULF COAST THIS AFTERNOON…AND SPREADING LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE
SOUTHEASTERN STATES.

THE GULF COAST SURFACE LOW WILL MOVE NORTHEASTWARD TO NEAR CAPE HATTERAS BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AS IT BEGINS TO INTERACT WITH THE SYSTEM OVER THE GREAT LAKES. THIS INTERACTION WILL RESULT IN A RAPID STRENGTHENING OF THE COASTAL SURFACE LOW DURING THE DAY ON FRIDAY AND INTO FRIDAY NIGHT AS THE STORM CONTINUES TO MOVE UP THE COAST. THE STORM SHOULD REACH ITS PEAK INTENSITY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING JUST EAST OF CAPE COD…WITH A CENTRAL PRESSURE FORECAST TO DROP BELOW 975 MB. SNOW WILL BEGIN TO SPREAD FROM THE GREAT LAKES INTO THE NORTHEASTERN STATES TONIGHT AND WILL QUICKLY EXPAND ACROSS MOST OF THE NORTHEAST BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON AS THE TWO SYSTEMS APPROACH.

MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL BE WIDESPREAD…AND STRONG WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH…WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 75 MPH ARE POSSIBLE…RESULTING IN DANGEROUS BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FOR SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND. IN GENERAL…SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 1 TO 2 FEET ARE EXPECTED FROM THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES INTO THE NORTHEAST. LOCALLY HIGHER SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE…WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW FORECAST TO FALL ACROSS AREAS OF SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND. FOR MORE DETAILS SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE REFER TO PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NWS FORECAST OFFICE.