Following Superstorm Sandy in November of last year, a new “historic” storm is making its way to the Northeastern United States, with meteorologists warning that up to three feet of snow could potentially fall in some areas.
The snowstorm, which is expected to hit the Northeast shortly, has already whipped up blizzard conditions, with winds of nearly 75mph and heavy snowfall across the United States and Canada. The National Weather Service announced that the snowstorm could be “potentially historic” because two jet stream weather systems, one from the poles and the other from the sub-tropics, had combined to create the storm, which has already disrupted life across the Northeast. Thousands of flights have already been cancelled and local authorities have announced that those living in the storm areas should expect power cuts and transport issues.
Blizzard warnings have been issued for parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, with the storm expected to affect the states of New Hampshire and Maine as well.
But the US will not be the only country to be affected by the snowstorm, as in Canada’s Ontario province, 200 vehicle accidents have already occurred because of the inclement weather, while heavy snowfall and strong winds are expected to make their way to southern Ontario and parts of Quebec.
Authorities in the US have issued warnings to residents to “stay home” during the imminent snowstorm, with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino saying on Friday, "We are hardy New Englanders, let me tell you, and used to these types of storms. But I also want to remind everyone to use common sense and stay off the streets of our city. Basically, stay home,” while Massachusetts Governor said that all non-essential state employees would be ordered to stay home. Meanwhile, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "We hope forecasts are exaggerating the amount of snow, but you never can tell."
As expected, the snowstorm has already disrupted transportation across the Northeast. Some 3,700 flights have been cancelled in anticipation of the storm, while Amtrak said that all its Northeast trains running between New York and Boston would stop on Friday afternoon.
Power outages are also expected across the affected states in addition to fuel shortages, which has already been reported in Connecticut and New York.