Northeast Blizzard: Massive Snowfall Totals, High Winds Prompt Valentine’s Day Cancellations, Travel Delays

The Northeast is bracing for another blizzard, set to start on Valentine’s Day and continue through much of Presidents’ Day weekend. Winter Storm Neptune is expected to drop more than a foot of snow in parts of New England, with hurricane force winds halting travel in Boston, Providence, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine.

How much snow is expected and when will it start? Head out early if you have Valentine’s Day dinner plans — the Weather Channel reports that snow will start falling on Saturday afternoon, with heavy snow starting at night and continuing right through Sunday afternoon. Even in areas like Rhode Island where lesser amounts (six to eight inches) of snow is expected, Sixty-mile-an-hour winds will cause snow drifts and whiteout conditions.

AccuWeather stresses that “life-threatening conditions are likely to develop” during the storm, with frigid temperatures and “tremendous blowing and drifting.” Power outages will be widespread along the New England coast.

Best bet? Stay home if at all possible — the storm will clear out on Sunday afternoon, so there’s a good chance that you will still be able to get to the Presidents’ Day sales on Monday.

Cancellations and parking bans have already started along the New England coast, with many airlines delaying or canceling flights out of Providence and Boston airports. While some areas may not see snowfall totals as high as the last blizzard, the winds will cause travel issues for not only travelers who have flights scheduled, but anyone traveling by car starting late Saturday night.

The storm is hitting on a three-day holiday weekend, so school cancellations are limited to sports and other scheduled school events. Local television and radio stations typically provide school and business cancellations right on their websites.

Most school systems in New England start their winter break this week, so if a vacation to someplace warm is in your plans, check with your local airline for possible flight delays. If you are flying in or out of New York, check for delays at Laguardia Airport here and JFK Airport here. Find flight cancellation information on the Logan Airport, Boston website or for Rhode Island flights, check the TF Greene Airport home page.

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