Blizzard Forecast for Eastern Seaboard on Friday, Hundreds of Flights Impacted

By Paul Riegler on 6 February 2013
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DSC_0004As another storm moved across the Midwest Tuesday, all eyes were on Winter Storm Nemo, a nor’easter that the National Weather Service called “potentially historic.”

Starting Friday, moderate snowfall is expected from the Upper Midwest through the northern Great Lakes as the storm moves east, but very heavy snowfall is expected in New England.  Much of Massachusetts can expect to see between two and three feet of snow, while other parts of New England could get between one and two feet by Saturday.

New York City will most likely receive a wintry mix of rain and snow, ultimately resulting in less than one inch of accumulation, although Albany, Syracuse, and the rest of upstate New York, as well as Burlington, can expect to see between a foot and a foot and a half of snow, while areas like Rochester and Buffalo in the western part of the state are expected to get between six and twelve inches.

In some areas, high winds are expected to cause blizzard-like conditions, which will make travel nearly impossible.   A blizzard watch is in effect for much of eastern Massachusetts from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon, and some computer models are predicting blizzard-like conditions throughout the Northeast.

The storm is expected to cause major delays that impact much of the country, and hundreds of flights will have been cancelled before the weekend is out.  Several airlines including American and Delta have already issued waivers and are telling passengers that they can delay their travel without penalty

Airports likely to be impacted by the storm include: Bangor, Maine; Binghamton, N.Y.; Burlington, Vt.; Boston, Mass.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Hartford, Conn.; Montreal, Canada; New York City; Newark, N.J.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Portland, Maine; Ottawa, Canada; Rochester, N.Y.; Scranton, Pa.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and White Plains, N.Y.

Update 1: An earlier version of this article indicated that that New York City would receive between six and ten inches of snowfall and that Massachusetts would see between one to two feet.  The article has been revised to indicate that New York City can expect to see less than one inch of snowfall and Massachusetts will receive far more than originally expected

Update 2:  An earlier version of this article did not include details for several cities and regions.  The article has been updated to include conditions for Burlington, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and Massachusetts.

Jesse Sokolow and Dan Collins contributed to this article.

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