A New England blizzard is headed for the Eastern Seaboard this weekend (an area still not really fully recovered from the ravages of Sandy in October and November), and another convergence of storms like the one that preceded Sandy is being predicted for the recently walloped region.
The “classic Nor’easter” set to slam the region beginning Friday has areas on alert to prepare for the coming New England blizzard. Several states are expecting snowfall and other weather annoyances, and users are taking to Twitter ahead of the storm to share information about the coming bad weather.
During the course of the New England blizzard, most affected regions are slated to get 18 to 24 inches of snow, but NPR indicates also that previous estimates are believed to have been on the low side and reports:
” ‘Friday afternoon is gonna be a real nightmare,’ across much of Massachusetts and parts north of there, meteorologist Mark Rosenthal tells our friends at WBUR in Boston. ‘Snow’s gonna be falling at a pretty good clip, the winds are gonna be picking up from the Northeast at 30 to 50 miles per hour, and the worst part of the storm, I believe, will be Friday night through much of Saturday.’ “
The public radio network also quotes meteorologist David Epstein on the New England blizzard, the first of its sort for 2013, and he predicts that a slight shift may bump up snowfall levels:
“Since you went to bed last night a few things have changed in the forecast, but if you were hoping the storm would go out to sea, that isn’t going to happen. There is still conflicting information on the exact track of the storm. A wobble closer or further to the coast would ultimately change accumulations by big numbers, but it’s still going to be a big storm.”
The The National Weather Service has weighed in on the New England blizzard’s potential impact, warning that “forecasters are growing more confident that a major winter storm will impact parts of the Northeast and New England Friday into Saturday.”
The agency adds that the “Nor’easter-type storm system will bring strong winds and heavy snow to the region,” saying “Eastern New England will see the greatest effects, and a Blizzard Watch has been issued for Boston and surrounding areas.”
Not everyone is worried about the coming New England blizzard. US News And World Report quotes Christopher Kitchin, inside operations manager at Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford in Massachusetts. He says the ski destination is fully prepared for some weekend action:
“We’ll be here with bells on … People are getting excited. They want to get out in the snow and go snow-tubing, skiing and snowboarding.”
One of the best ways to get a feel for weather events like the New England blizzard of 2013 is Twitter, and users are buzzing about the expected storm. Here are some of the latest tweets with up-to-the-minute information about the coming snowfall:
Converging storm systems could spawn monster blizzard for Northeast. on.cnn.com/YcQW70
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 7, 2013
My pre-blizzard shopping list: 1) Pop-Tarts 2) Spaghetti-O’s 3) more Pop-Tarts 4) additional Spaghetti-O’s 5) emergency Pop-Tarts 6) etc.
— peterjames48(@peterjames48) February 7, 2013
— CNN Weather Center (@CNNweather) February 7, 2013
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) February 7, 2013
BREAKING: BLIZZARD WATCH issued for Suffolk County as nor’easter heads towards Long Island.Read more:… fb.me/1wfk2Mmxr
— BabylonVillage Patch (@BabylonVPatch) February 7, 2013
— Pierre Tong (@pierretong) February 7, 2013
1 of most dire winter storm 4casts I’ve seen from us: Boston, MA: 20″ snow, blowing snow, blizzard & flood watch ow.ly/hvDuH
— Jesse Ferrell (@Accu_Jesse) February 7, 2013