The National Weather Service has forecast a powerful winter storm to affect the Northeast beginning Friday and continuing into Saturday. The Weather Channel has dubbed the impending weather system winter storm Nemo.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm could bring anywhere from 6 inches to 2 feet of snow across an area stretching from the New York City metro area to Maine, with localized heavier amounts possible.
Update: 4:00 p.m. -- The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas, including western Connecticut, upstate New York and northern New Jersey. The warning is in effect beginning 6 a.m. Friday and extending to 1 p.m. Saturday, with the strongest winds and heaviest snowfall occurring Friday evening into Saturday morning.
Accumulations of 10 to 14 inches are anticipated, accompanied by wind gusts of up to 45 mph. According to the National Weather Service:
Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions... making travel extremely dangerous.
The New York City mayor's office tweeted a message outlining the city's preparedness from its official account earlier in the day:
We're ready for #Nemo: we have 250,000+ tons of salt on hand, 350 salt spreaders & plows ready to be put on 1,800 Sanitation trucks— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) February 7, 2013
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority advised taking precaution:
MTA's Tom Prendergast: "This is a very serious storm, and we should treat it that way." Plan an early departure from work tomorrow.— MTA (@MTAInsider) February 7, 2013
|@ wunderground : Number of customers without power is down to 480,000 #blizzard|
|@ alroker : LIE will be closed in both directions from exit 57-73 on Sunday Feb. 10 from 7 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. for snow removal from #Nemo|
|@ 7News : Some Plum Island homes may be a lost cause after #Blizzard2013: http://t.co/CX8kXoPy #7News #Blizzard2013|
|@ greenpeaceusa : What do #climate scientists have to say about #blizzard #nemo? Find out: http://t.co/BM9y7uCU|
|@ nationalgridus : Be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide. Symptoms include: headaches, weakness and dizziness. If you suspect CO, go outside & call 911.|
|@ 7News : Mass. National Guard, EMT deliver baby in storm and her nickname is "Little Nemo" http://t.co/7pMAfFc2 #7News #Blizzard2013|
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Boston fire officials said a second person died Saturday after apparently being poisoned by carbon monoxide while sitting in his vehicle.
Firefighters were called to a Woolson Street home in Mattapan after reports that a man had been sitting in a running vehicle since 11 a.m. After getting no response, crews broke the window and discovered that the man was dead.
Fire officials said he died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Earlier in the day, a 12-year-old boy died after he and his father were poisoned by carbon monoxide while shoveling out their vehicle in Dorchester.
|@ NSTAR_News : Sorry, we won't have estimates tonight but we'll post them ASAP. In the meantime, our Outage Map has real-time updates. http://t.co/KNXejYtW|
|@ wunderground : RT @NBCConnecticut: Gov. Malloy has asked President Obama for an Emergency Declaration #blizzard|
|@ NotifyNYC : Sun 2/10, Amtrak to restore limited service btw NYC & Boston. Empire Service to Albany will operate a normal Sun schedule.|
|@ GovMalloyOffice : Bottom line: Unless you need to travel somewhere, stay put tonight. Ppl who get stuck on the roads block the plows from doing their jobs|
|@ nationalgridus : #RI was heavily damaged by #Nemo, & restoration is moving as fast as possible. As of 5PM, we've restored nearly 25% of customers w/outages.|
|@ wunderground : Did you know another blizzard is going the U.S. this weekend? This one is in the Plains. http://t.co/4BoH87Hz|
|@ Maine_Weather : ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING... A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM ES http://t.co/k3iWICYf|
|@ breakingstorm : Update: 9 deaths from Northeast blizzard confirmed, including 5 in Connecticut - @NBCNews http://t.co/jYDqzytU|
According to utility figures compiled by CNN, 592,688 customers are without power in nine U.S. states. Massachusetts has the highest number, at 376,682.
|@ GovMalloyOffice : At this point, we have reports of at least 5 fatalities in the state. #CTStorm|
Firefighters were involved in a dramatic rescue at a local farm on Saturday after heavy snow caused a dairy barn to partially collapse, trapping two dozen milking cows underneath it.
At least two of the animals had to be euthanized, officials confirmed this afternoon.
Firefighters from the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company responded to Triangle A Ranch at 334 Jackson Hill Road shortly before 11 a.m., just hours after the storm finished dumping about three feet of snow on the town.
Using shovels, heavy machinery and even their hands, firefighters cleared snow from the twisted metal as they attempted to reach the trapped animals.
Five cows were safely rescued, according to officials, but two other animals pulled from the debris were euthanized due to the extent of their injuries. Two other cows were in critical condition and were expected to be euthanized as well, officials said.
Full story on Middlefield Patch.
1. MORE THAN 650,000 LOST POWER IN NEW ENGLAND
Even the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Mass., had to shut down and turn to backup generators.
2. GUSTS HIT 82 MPH, BUT OUTAGES COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE
With leaves gone, damage to power lines from falling branches was less than it might have been.
|@ breakingweather : Reports coming in that all Boston transit will be closed until Monday.|
|@ GovMalloyOffice : Gov. Malloy will hold a news briefing w/ updates on storm recovery tonight at 6PM. Watch it live online: http://t.co/WNoQW9w0 #CTStorm|
HuffPost's Katherine Bindley reports:
Ahead of the snowfall that inundated the East Coast Friday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the city’s Department of Homeless Services to double efforts to connect the city’s unsheltered with a warm place to sleep. But for those needing help with other basics, like food, the snow seems to have complicated the quest for help.
Read the whole story here.
Middlefield firefighters, Durham firefighters and members of Durham's Animal Rescue Team are on the scene of a barn collapse and animal rescue on Jackson Hill Road.
At least two cows have been rescued from the collapsed barn and firefighters are attempting to rescue at least three more. The extent of any injuries to the animals is unclear at this point.
Firefighters believe as many as 12 cows remain trapped under the barn, which collapsed Saturday morning under the pressure of heavy snow. Some of the animals were said to be moving around under the collapsed structure.
Read the full story on Middlefield Patch:
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that the New York City area blizzard warning goes into effect on February 8 at 6 PM. It begins at 6 AM.
The New York Times local blog for the Fort Green and Clinton Hill neighborhoods of Brooklyn captured both the hazardous and lighter side of the looming storm. While it cautioned that winter storm Nemo might "freeze travel plans" for those coming in and out of New York City, it also encouraged people to send them their photos of the snowfall.
CBS meteorologist David Bernard reported "potential for historic snows and blizzard conditions across the Northeast" in his outlook Thursday morning, borrowing language from the National Weather Service's blizzard watch for the area.
As of midday Thursday, the NWS forecast anticipated accumulations of 18 to 24 inches for metro Boston, Connecticut and southeastern New England, combined with strong winds gusting up to 55 mph. Winter storm watches were in effect for most of the Northeast.
The last time that New England was hit with snow accumulations of this magnitude was during the famous blizzard of 1978, which "paralyzed the region with more than 2 feet of snow and hurricane force winds" just more than 35 years ago, according to CBS News.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, does not name winter storms, but the Weather Channel adopted a naming convention for them in October 2012. TWC claimed naming winter storms would help raise early awareness of them, thereby increasing preparedness and reducing hazards.
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