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Dangerous Nor'easter Pummeling Northeast
UPDATED 11 AM EST, January 27, 2015
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologists, Andrew Rosenthal and James West
A major nor`easter is continuing to pound New England today while it winds down across the New York City area. By the time the snow ends later tonight or early Wednesday, parts of New England will be digging out of 3 feet of snow.
The storm is barely moving southeast of Cape Cod this morning, spewing Atlantic moisture onshore, where it is being squeezed out as snow from central New Jersey to Maine. The heaviest snow is falling across eastern and southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Maine. Here, narrow bands of very heavy snowfall are being flung onshore, with snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour falling.
The result has been very substantial snowfall totals, with Shrewsbury, Mass., have received 26.2 inches of snow so far today, with heavy snow continuing. Other locations across central and eastern Massachusetts and central Connecticut, including Worcester, Mass., have received more than 20 inches of snow from this blizzard.
On Long Island and the Greater New York City area, a wide variation of snowfall has been reported. Massapequa on Long Island has reported 17.8 inches of snow, with Manhattan receiving 7.8 inches in Central Park.
The heavy snow across New England will continue through much of the day, with a broad swath of 20 inches or more of snow stretching from the Connecticut and northern Rhode Island into eastern Massachusetts and coastal Maine. Up to a foot of snow is possible from the Hudson Valley into western Massachusetts, central New Hampshire and interior Maine.
Additionally, the storm has already cranked out wind gusts that topped 78 mph in Nantucket earlier today. Subsiding winds that will still top 35 mph at times through this afternoon will result in more near-zero visibility and blizzard conditions.
Blizzard Warnings stretch from central and eastern Long Island and across most of Connecticut, all of Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts, southeastern New Hampshire and coastal Maine. This includes Hartford, Conn., Boston, Providence, R.I., and Portland, Maine. Winter Storm Warningsextend from central New Jersey and from New York's eastern border into northern Maine, Springfield, Mass., Concord, N.H., and Caribou, Maine. Winter Weather Advisories hug the western fringe of the warnings into the northeastern Pennsylvania, including the greater New York City area.
Numerous airlines have cancelled flights across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic through midweek. Click here for the latest news related to the storm. If you must travel, make sure to carry a winter survival kit that includes a shovel, flashlight, blankets, water and non-perishable food.
At home, have blankets and flashlights ready in case power goes out. Remember, open flames such as fireplaces and candles can easily spark fires, which could be exacerbated by the strong winds.
By the time this major nor`easter unravels on Wednesday, accumulations could be in the record books. It could rival records in Hartford, Conn., and cities in central and eastern Massachusetts, where the latter could ultimately rank higher than the Blizzard of 1978.
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