Heavy Snow and Blizzard Warnings Issued as Major Nor’easter Approaches New York and New England

By Anna Breuer on 28 January 2022
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An estimated 75 million people from the southeastern United States to New England could see heavy snow and dangerous winds that approach hurricane intensity starting late Friday.

The Nor’easter has the potential to cause power outages, flood coastal areas, and cause dangerous travel conditions, according to multiple forecasts.

“Powerful winter storm to produce significant impacts across parts of New England and coastal Mid-Atlantic/Northeast on Saturday,” the Weather Prediction Center, a part of the National Weather Service, said in a statement.

Blizzard warnings cover four million people in coastal areas from Maine to Massachusetts.  Whiteout conditions are predicted.  In addition, high winds are predicted to bring blowing snow in a number of cities including Atlantic City; Boston; Ocean City, Maryland, and Portland, Maine.

The National Weather Service said that heavy snow fall will cover a very wide area of the Northeast.

“The heaviest snowfall is likely to fall across a swath extending from the Eastern Shore of Maryland up through most of Maine where 6-12 inches (15 to 30 cm) are likely, the Weather Prediction Center, said.  “Parts of coastal New England, where blizzard conditions are forecast, may see between 1-2 feet (30 to 60 cm) of snow with locally higher amounts possible, specifically over coastal Massachusetts,” it added.

Eastern Massachusetts, which includes Boston, could get the most snow, 12” to 24” (30 to 60 cm), while New York City could see 8” to 12”  (20 to 30 cm) of the white stuff.  Philadelphia might get 4” to 11” (10 to 28 cm).

Finally, Washington, D.C. is forecast to receive 1” to 3” (3 to 7.5 cm).

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