New England Blizzard: Near-Hurricane Force Winds, Sub-Zero Temperatures

Blizzard, New England

New England is in for another dangerous blizzard. Officials are expecting power-outages, nearly impossible driving conditions, and record-setting freezing temperatures. Boston will face the brunt of the storm as it struggles to clear snow from three other storms in the past three weeks.

CBS News quoted Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as saying, “it’s important for us to clear as much snow as possible. It looks like another foot to foot and a half is coming.”

Boston has been receiving help from all over New England to clear the record six feet of snowfall in the streets. They’re currently using four snow melters, two on loan from New York City, to melt 350 tons an hour. But time is running out.

The Washington Post reports that the blizzard should begin as a gentle snow falling on the New England region Saturday afternoon. By midnight, the tranquility will be replaced by intense wind and heavy snowfall.

Sunday, the blizzard’s pressure will drop down to 970 mb, typically the pressure of a category two hurricane.

As the Weather Channel meteorologist Ari Sarsalari explained,”late Saturday night, into the early part of Sunday, that’s when this thing really becomes a monster storm.”

The New England blizzard has all the elements of a monster. The winds will reportedly get up to 70 mph, almost hurricane force. Bangor, Maine, will receive the most snowfall, with about two feet. NBC forecasts say Boston and Cape Cod will get ten inches, while Portland, Maine, will get about 14 inches.

The record-setting part of the storm is the cold snap.

Buffalo, New York, has a high of negative one degrees Fahrenheit. If those forecasts are correct, it will be the first time the temperature failed to hit zero degrees in 20 years. Likewise, New York City might fail to get to zero degrees for the first time in 21 years.

According to the Washington Post, a blizzard watch has been issued for the New England area from Maine to Nantucket. The storm could like lead to white-out conditions with less than a quarter of a mile visibility for around three hours, during the blizzard’s peak.

For Boston, the blizzard could easily mean that this February will be the snowiest month in the city’s history. The previous record was January, 2005, when there was 43.3 inches of snowfall. With 13 days into February, there’s already 42.3 inches.

For the entire coastal New England region, it’s time to stock up on candles and food and stay out of the cold.

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