Blizzard Could Slam New England

By: Jill Gilardi
By: Jill Gilardi

Two storm systems are expected to converge on Thursday night, resulting in what could be a historic blizzard for parts of New England.

Boston could have its largest snowstorm in recorded history. NBC affiliate WHDH 7 News is forecasting one to two feet of snow, with up to 30 inches possible. This storm could rival the crippling "Great Blizzard" of 1978.

A blizzard watch remains in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. Boston, Providence, and Hartford are some of the major cities included in the blizzard watch. Light snow develops Friday morning and the heaviest is expected to fall Friday night into Saturday morning.

Snowfall rates up to 2 to 3 inches per hour combined with sustained winds blowing at 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph will create blizzard conditions. Travel may become impossible due to blowing and drifting snow. Visibility will drop below at quarter of a mile during the height of the storm. Heavy snow and strong winds combined could knock down tree limbs resulting in power outages.

Winds along the coastline could reach 75 mph causing coastal flooding from Cape Cod to Long Island Sound. Tides could rise an additional three to five feet. This storm will bring more miserable weather for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The storm could cause further beach erosion.

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