02/07/2013 01:23 pm ET Updated Feb 08, 2013

Winter Storm Nemo: Northeast, New England Brace For Potentially Historic Blizzard (LIVE UPDATES)

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.

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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:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority advised taking precaution:

02/09/2013 11:25 PM EST

Storm Death Count Rises To 10

At least 10 people have been reported dead after this weekend's story, NBC News reported. A Boston man was found dead in his car from carbon monoxide poisoning.

02/09/2013 10:28 PM EST

Homes Without Power Fall Under 500,000

@ wunderground :

Number of customers without power is down to 480,000 #blizzard

02/09/2013 10:14 PM EST

Sections Of Long Island Expressway Closed Tomorrow

@ 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

02/09/2013 9:58 PM EST

Some Homes Might Be Irreparable

@ 7News :

Some Plum Island homes may be a lost cause after #Blizzard2013: http://t.co/CX8kXoPy #7News #Blizzard2013

02/09/2013 9:40 PM EST

What Climate Scientists Are Saying About 'Nemo'

@ greenpeaceusa :

What do #climate scientists have to say about #blizzard #nemo? Find out: http://t.co/BM9y7uCU

02/09/2013 9:26 PM EST

Bowling Alley Roof Collapses

02/09/2013 9:10 PM EST

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

@ nationalgridus :

Be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide. Symptoms include: headaches, weakness and dizziness. If you suspect CO, go outside & call 911.

02/09/2013 8:55 PM EST

EMTs Deliver Baby During Blizzard

@ 7News :

Mass. National Guard, EMT deliver baby in storm and her nickname is "Little Nemo" http://t.co/7pMAfFc2 #7News #Blizzard2013

02/09/2013 8:43 PM EST

PHOTOS: Animals Bewildered By The Storm

As people across the Northeast dug out from Winter Storm "Nemo" over the weekend, their pets reacted to the snow with emotions ranging from bewilderment to glee.

Click here to view photos of animals reacting to the snowstorm.

snowstorm animals

Credit: HuffPost User: Nerissa

02/09/2013 8:29 PM EST

40 Inches Of Snow Measured In Hamden, CT

@ usNWSgov :

Hamden, CT measured 40" of snow from the great #blizzard of 2013. http://t.co/4NssjeQt

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.

TWC released a list of colorful winter storm names in November. Last month, winter storm Khan brought ice across the southern United States.

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