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US north-east braces for 'historic' snowstorm
1 year ago

US north-east braces for 'historic' snowstorm

NOAA satellite image shows storm systems over the eastern half of the United States on 7 February 2013
The combination of two systems is set to produce a "potentially historic" storm

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The north-east US coast is braced for a big snowstorm that has already caused hundreds of flight cancellations.

The storm is set to cause power cuts and transport chaos as it arrives from the Great Lakes and brings blizzards to parts of New England on Friday.

It is expected to peak on Saturday morning east of Cape Cod.

Schools have already been closed in Boston, where sustained strong winds are set to exacerbate heavy snowfall - as much as two feet in some areas.

The National Weather Service said the combination of two weather systems from the polar and subtropical jet streams would produce a "potentially historic" storm, with weather warnings extending from New Jersey to Maine.

Winds of up to 35mph (55km/h) with significantly stronger hurricane-strength gusts were expected to create deep drifts.

Airlines have already cancelled hundreds of flights across the region.

In Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino urged businesses to consider allowing staff to stay home to reduce the risk of commuters getting stranded.

"We are hardy New Englanders, let me tell you, and used to these types of storms," said Mr Menino.

"But I also want to remind everyone to use common sense and stay off the streets of our city. Basically, stay home,"

In New York, where memories of October's Hurricane Sandy are still fresh in the mind, the famous Staten Island ferry has had its schedule reduced. While schools remain open for now, residents are being advised to prepare for the worst.

"Due to potential power outages and transportation difficulties, New Yorkers are advised to stock up on potential supplies, including medicine," said the city's mayor, Michael Bloomberg.

With up to a foot of snow expected over the next two days, Mr Bloomberg said snow ploughs and 250,000 tonnes of salt were being readied for use.

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US north-east braces for 'historic' snowstorm
1 year ago

US north-east braces for 'historic' snowstorm

Donald Brodnex, 17, carries a shovel looking for driveways to clear in Saginaw, Michigan, on 8 February 2013
Donald Brodnex, 17, looks for driveways to clear in Saginaw, Michigan

The flurries are falling around the US north-east, which is braced for a "potentially historic" storm that could see up to 3ft (91cm) of snow in some areas.

Power cuts and transport chaos are expected as blizzards from the Great Lakes descend on parts of New England.

Thousands of flights in the area have already been cancelled, and people have been stocking up on food and supplies.

Winds of up to 75mph (120km/h) were expected to create deep drifts.

The National Weather Service said the combination of two weather systems from the polar and sub-tropical jet streams would produce a "potentially historic" storm.

Overnight Friday travel would be "extremely hazardous, if not impossible," it added.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, and extend into New Hampshire and Maine.

In Canada, meanwhile, up to 25cm of snow as well as strong wind gusts are expected in southern Ontario, with flurries also forecast in Quebec.

The Canadian province of Ontario has already seen 200 vehicle accidents, the CBC reported.

'Stay home'

At least 3,700 flights have been cancelled in the US in anticipation of the storm, according to airline tracking website FlightAware.

Amtrak said its north-east trains from New York to Boston would stop running on Friday afternoon.

BBC Weather's Chris Fawkes on the imminent snow storms (VIDEO)

In Boston, where schools were preemptively closed on Friday, Mayor Thomas Menino urged businesses to consider allowing staff to stay home to reduce the risk of commuters getting stranded.

"We are hardy New Englanders, let me tell you, and used to these types of storms," said Mr Menino.

"But I also want to remind everyone to use common sense and stay off the streets of our city. Basically, stay home."

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick ordered all non-essential state employees to stay indoors, and suggested that private businesses do the same.

Boston is forecast to get 3ft of snow, which would far exceed the city's record snowfall of 27.6in (70cm) in 2003.

Fuel shortages are being reported from Connecticut to New York City as motorists queue at petrol stations to fill up their vehicles, as well as generators and snow blowers.

In New York City, which is expecting up to 12in, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said snow ploughs and 250,000 tonnes of salt were being put on standby.

"We hope forecasts are exaggerating the amount of snow, but you never can tell," Mr Bloomberg said.

Some neighbourhoods in the city are still recovering from Sandy, an October storm that brought recording flooding to the US east coast.

One power utility firm in New York's Long Island criticised for its response to Sandy said it was preparing its grid for the storm and getting crews and equipment ready to respond to outages.

While schools and transportation in the city remain open for now, Mr Bloomberg advised New Yorkers to stock up on supplies, including medicine.


1 year ago

Wrap up warm in the north, New England are going to have a snow storm that they not forget in a hurry, but in saying this the rest of America are not going to be much better,

as the report says, stay home where it is nice, warm and comfortable, and carry on posting,

Remember don't sent it across the pond, we are having abit a sun for a change, cool at night, morning forsts but warming up in the day 

I am now going watch Obama starting in Only Fools and Horses, the Best British sit-com, of cause Obama plays the part of Del-boy, (ie) Con Man, Trigger is played by Ron Paul, he's not all there in his head, if you understand me, 

 

1 year ago

We're pretty find and dandy here so far. It's light out, 75 degrees. The bad weather sure is taking it's toll on the NE.

1 year ago

Sherry, could you advise me, because I am abit confused when you say 75 degrees, is this 75 Celsius or Fahrenheit 

I been watching Fox News and I notice 45 degrees and 23 degrees, and the weather forcaster, said it is going to be very cold, I had to laugh abit, as I thought they were referring to 45 Celsius which to us in the UK would be too hot to go out,

indeed the Tar-Mac would be melting on the Roads, and showing up the Rome Roads under the Tar-Mac at 75 Degrees.

today in the UK we have been around 5 celsius been 41 Fahrenheit 

1 year ago

It's farenheit. Oh my, it's not that hot! LOL  It's really nice. 

1 year ago

You sound a little cold there Ray.

1 year ago

The NE sure has been getting hammered! Almost makes one wonder WHY all of this nasty weather is going on there! But we are getting ready for high winds tominght also...maybe nmot much snow if any but for sure rain if it comes out of the SE which is where it's coming from now. Good for power here though! Hope everyone uses common sense and stays at home!!

1 year ago

Sherry,  for Tomorrow afternoon, major snow falls are forcast for the Midlands, the Midlands cover a number of counties including Stoke-on-Trent, I see in the US after a major snowstorm has brought swathes of the north-eastern US and eastern Canada to a stand still, leaving about half a million homes without power.

Blizzard paralyses north-east US and Atlantic Canada



1 year ago

Carol, did you get the high winds?  There was no sunshine here today. Misted and then rained a little, then misting again. Everything outside is still all wet.

That's some major snow there Ray.  Looks like fun for snowmobiling!

1 year ago

Those are the winters I remember in MN and SD Ray!! We had some doozies there!!! It's so beautiful after a snow fall like that and so pristene white!

Sherry..Yes we had winds all last night and all through the day but they weren't too bad today..just enough to give us some good power. They have laid down some tonight but they are still blowing a little!

1 year ago

Sherry and Carol, the Snow in the US as been the main news in the UK, followed on by the EU and Findus horsemeat in their food products, 1963 was our last major snow fall, before that it was 1947/48, this winter lasted 3 months

at the moment it started to rain, this is normal however in UK, we expect to have the snow later today, if so, this may freeze, then we will have a skating ring again, but again this is normal in the UK,

not seen any abnormal weather for sometime meaning the Sun, but still, we wait in dispair and hope that one day the Sun will have his hat on and come out to play.  

1 year ago

I tried posting this as a topic, but I do not know what the heck happened!  So I will just add it here:

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1 year ago

1963!?  Wow.  I hope you are well prepared at home with all the things you need and might not be able to go out and get.   Well, I was in Louisiana when it froze, and people said they had not seen it like that for.... well, one said 30 something years, another said closer to 50. Froze & busted pipes, it was cold. And people think it can't get like that in Louisiana.  It did!  I missed it here in 2007, as I was in WA state for the birth of my grandson, but my husband took pics of ice hanging off the eaves. And people think it can't get like that in Texas either. It did!

I hope you have fun ice skating, if it freezes, if you know how that is! At least go out and build a snowman!

Hope you're keeping warm Carol!

1 year ago

As a rule Ray where we live which is 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 30 mile from the Bering sea the weather is very unpredictable....or maybe I should say predictable! If we get winds from the North or NW it will be cold and freezing but if we get winds from the SW it can be snow and SE it is usually rain. So if we ever do get any amount of snow 

it can be wiped out in 24 hrs or less!! We've gone from like 20 below weather to 35 or 40 above within a 24 hr period..that quite a swift temp cahnge in a short period of time.

1 year ago

The sun is shinning this morning Sherry and it looks like it blew a bunch of the ice from the lagoon out front of our house here last night. Our worst winter for snow where you could not hardly get around even with a snow mobile was around the year 2000 I think...it's been quite awhile now but the drifts were so high that I had to shovel the snow off the steps down to the river so we could get water and when I got to the bottom of the steps and onto the ice the snow drift was about a foot or more over my head. It was like a tunnel that I had shoveled out with walls above my head!!

1 year ago

Sherry..That story is something else how these companies can just march into ones home and do what the hell they want! It's disgusting!!!! I tried to add this on a news story but for some reason the dang thing won't take..urrgghhhhhhhhhhh...

1 year ago

My brother lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut - nearby to Newtown - and said they got 20" to 24" in 12 hours and that the winds "howled" for about 8 hours after that.

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