By Aidan Gardiner, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
NEW YORK CITY — The first snow began to blanket New York City Friday morning, but forecasters warned much worse is yet to come.
The storm, predicted to span from New York City to Maine, is the product of two weather systems merging together. One is moving east from the Great Lakes Region and the other is heading up from off the coast of the Carolinas.
The Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the New York City area that remains in effect through 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Friday morning will see light snowfall interspersed with rain, with temperatures near 40 degrees. The rain will keep accumulation levels low, according to a NWS meteorologist.
But the wintery mix will likely become all snow by 3 p.m.
Conditions will worsen by rush-hour as temperatures drop, causing accumulation of "up to 1 or 2 inches per hour," the NWS forecaster said.
The worst of the storm is set to wallop New York City beginning about 10 p.m., with winds gusting up to 40 mph and total accumulation topping 10 inches, the meteorologist said.
"It's not out of the question to see up to 14 inches," he said. "The caveat there is that it’s not known yet where these particularly heavy bands will set up."
The storm will likely weaken but still continue through Saturday morning before dying off in the afternoon, according to the NWS.
Because the storm will pick up by rush-hour Friday, commuters should try to leave work early and reach their destination by about 5 p.m., officials said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Friday that it has no plans to shut down subway service, but may ground its bus fleet depending on the severity of the storm.
The MTA also announced that its commuter rails like Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road will be running additional trains through Friday afternoon to accommodate the extra passengers escaping the storm. It plans to cancel several trains after 5 p.m.
For more information about the forecast in your neighborhood, check out DNAinfo's weather page.
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|@ 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: