Residents of New England will be bracing themselves for a blizzard that is expected to blanket the region beginning Friday night and will continue through Saturday evening. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch for the Northeast on Thursday morning with expectations of heavy snow and high winds.
The alert includes warnings that blowing and drifting snow will make travel close to impossible. Boston and other cities across the Northeast may see snowfall reach 2 feet with wind gusts as high as 50 mph. While there is a distinct possibility of this storm system becoming a blizzard, not all weather analysts agree.
Depending on how other systems move, the storm could produce just a dusting of snow. A southern rain belt and a clipper system will meet off the Eastern seaboard. Depending on where they meet will determine the strength of the developing snow storm and weather models differ.
Here’s the current forecast:
Today Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Light and variable wind becoming east around 5 mph in the morning.
Tonight Snow likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 27. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Friday Rain or freezing rain likely before 7am, then rain. High near 40. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.
Friday Night Sleet before 9pm, then snow. Low around 25. Blustery, with a northwest wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.