Two winter storms in less than a week, Neptune and Octavia, are targeting the Northeast and South, producing record snow and freezing temperatures from New England to Georgia.
Boston, which was already buried under six feet of snow from the past few weeks, was blasted with another 16 inches, driven by winds over 60 miles per hour in some spots over the weekend. In addition, temperatures in parts of New England are predicted to drop to 30 degrees below zero with wind-chill factors.
Mayor Martin Walsh told CBS News that he is “at a loss for words” over the recent winter storms, and that he fears the wind and cold conditions following the storm will be even more hazardous.
“I know that, as I was walking out of my house today, I just didn’t know what to say. People are just frustrated, people just want this to end and we all want spring to come.”
The mayor called the snowfall from the recent winter storms “historic,” pointing out that the seven feet of snow blanketing the city over the past three weeks is more than Chicago has ever seen over an entire winter.
Blizzard conditions, which the Inquisitr reported on Saturday had prompted cancellations and travel delays, were also verified in several areas of Massachusetts, including Martha’s Vineyard and Falmouth.
The snowfall has been so heavy that Massachusetts has been forced to call up hundreds of National Guard troops to help with snow removal, and heavy equipment is coming in from eight other Northeast states to assist in the effort.
New England residents may not get much of a break, though, because Winter Storm Octavia — currently moving through the Rockies and plains states — is predicted to ramp up as it rolls through the Ohio Valley and the South from Sunday night into Monday, and could make its way into the Northeast before it blows off-shore mid-week.
The Weather Chanel is predicting the new winter storm to dump up to a foot of snow in a good part of the Midwest, Ohio Valley, upper South, and Mid-Atlantic, with accumulations of 1–5 inches as far south as Atlanta, Georgia, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Accumulations could possibly reach 18 inches in parts of the Ohio Valley and the southern Appalachian Mountains.
At least light ice accumulation is expected in areas extending from Oklahoma and Alabama to South Carolina.
Snow, sleet, and freezing rain will make travel dangerous, and many areas in the path of the storm have already posted winter storm warnings and advisories. Meteorologists are still not certain of the path the storm will take, and are warning that Octavia could bring snow as far north as New York City and southern New England.
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