February 7th, 2013
08:04 PM ET

Blizzard warnings issued for Boston, New York City

  • Two significant storm systems expected to converge overnight across the Northeast, create what could be a historic blizzard
  • Boston could get up to 3 feet of snow from Friday to Saturday; New York City could get up to 3 feet
  • Read below for updates as we get them; full story here

[Updated at 8:04 p.m. ET] Nearly 3,000 flights have now been canceled in anticipation of the inclement weather, most of which is expected late Friday into Saturday.

Amtrak also has canceled many trips in the Northeast corridor. The rail transit company said on its website that northbound service from New York's Penn Station would be suspended after 1 p.m Friday.

[Updated at 6:51 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy says utility companies there are bringing additional crews from out of state to deal with potential power outages. Metro-North rail lines could also be closed at any time should winds exceed 40 mph.

[Updated at 6:03 p.m. ET] A bit more detail on when and where the storm is expected to be at its most nasty: The most severe weather is expected to hit Massachusetts, between 2 and 5 p.m. on Friday.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick urging people to be off the roads by noon on Friday. Boston's public rail system will be halted at 3:30 p.m.

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] Although it's been clear for a while that Friday will see a massive amount of flight cancellations involving Northeast airports, we're starting to get specific numbers now.

United Airlines has cancelled 900 flights from 32 airports for Friday because of the storm, according to United spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm. Many of the cancelled flights involve Newark Liberty International Airport, which is a United hub.

JetBlue is cancelling 640 flights ahead of Friday's storm, according to JetBlue spokeswoman Sharon Jones.

One of the major airports in the region, Boston's Logan International Airport, says said the storm is expected to cause many flight cancellations on Friday and well into Saturday.

United Airlines says customers in storm-affected cities will be allowed to reschedule their itineraries "with a one-time date or time change, and the airline will waive the change fees." Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and other airlines are offering their customers similar assurances.

[Posted at 4:26 p.m. ET] The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for parts of the U.S. Northeast - including New York City and Boston - ahead of what might become a significant Nor'easter.

The blizzard warnings, issued Thursday afternoon, cover parts of northeastern New Jersey; New York City and Long Island; all of Connecticut and Rhode Island; parts of eastern Massachusetts including Worcester and Boston; and parts of southeastern New Hampshire and southern Maine.

Boston could see up to 3 feet in Boston from Friday to Saturday, with heavy snow falling especially Friday night. At times, 2 to 3 inches per hour could fall there, and wind gusts could approach 60 mph, the weather service says.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced that Boston schools will be closed on Friday. The city also announced that non-essential staff members have been asked to stay home on Friday and employers across the city are asked to allow staff to work from home where possible.

In New York City, the heaviest snowfall could occur Friday night with wind gusts of around 40 mph. More than 1 foot of snow is possible there from Friday through Saturday, the weather service says.

The system has already drawn comparisons to the so-called "Great Blizzard" of 1978, when thousands were stranded as fast-moving snow drifts blanketed highways and left several people dead.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    Weve been issued the same warning here in Michigan. Please make sure you have lots of supplies people including water. And God bless the people of superstorm Sandy, this is another blow you dont really need on your road to recovery!

    February 7, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • K Lo

      If you drink don't forget the brandy. Nothing better to keep your insides warm

      February 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1608®

      I have everything even my beer forgot the brandy. Thanks K Lo.

      February 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I'm in NYC. A little snow is beautiful, but we don't need this.
    I shopped for extra food this morning, and thanks for the reminder, @ chrissy, lots of bottles of water have been here since Sandy.

    February 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    My SnowJoe electric snow broom is ready.

    February 7, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    I got a flame thrower too. Might be just what I need.

    February 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scott Curley

    I'm a NYC dog walker. Tomorrow is going to be fun!

    February 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lol @ Scott Curley, i have a feeling them dogs will be walking you, thats if you can get them outside even!

    February 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patrick

    Snowing here big time. I'm selling corn dogs half price. Here in NY people love corn dogs.

    February 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Cnn likes corn dogs too obviously.

    February 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patrick

    My sidewalk cart will be open tomorrow, regardless of sleet or snow. Hot dogs, corn dogs, roasted chestnuts, and boiled peanuts. Stop by for a hearty snack.

    February 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Awww, little Jeffy is jealous of Patrick and has to jack his name...it'd be cute if it weren't a 43 year old man...pathetic and sociopathic...

      February 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy, thats what i meant bout cnn liking "corn dogs".

    February 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the prophet

    Am also in big aple area..ready with my dozer to just go about anywhere,

    February 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Well @ the prophet, stay safe and warm!

    February 7, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sunshine100

    In the mid to late 1950s, Blizzard after blizzard rolled over New England and up into NH. A portion of those years was labeled, "The Little Ice Age" as we had cooler than normal summers and those nor'easters in the winter.

    So, how do the 1950s stack up against "Nemo" blizzard?

    February 9, 2013 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |