The winter weather storm that's set to wallop the Northeast is a combination of two fronts: a rainy weather system coming up from the mid-Atlantic and a cold snow system coming off the Great Lakes.Â It's already dumping heavy snow on the states near the Great Lakes as it makes it way toward the heavily populated northeast United States,Â the National Weather Service said.
The worst snowfall is predicted in southern New England, from eastern Massachusetts to Maine, creating white-out conditions.Â Airports are closing, and thousands of flights are canceled.Â Blizzard warnings are in effect for most of the Northeast coastal communities from New Jersey north to the Canadian border in Maine.
CNN's weather team is updating the impact of the storm on Twitter and CNN TV.Â And you show us how it's hitting your region on CNN iReport, but please stay safe.
Here's a look at how it might affect your area:
- Snowfall:Â Higher than 2 feet; the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Hartford and other areas of northern Connecticut until Saturday.
- Wind and wind chill:Â Wind gusts up to 70 mph are expected, and they will be stronger near the coast.
- Snowfall: Boston is expected to bear the brunt of this storm, with the latest forecast showing upwards of 2 feet of snow.Â It's under a blizzard warning.Â The worst of the storm could hit Boston from 5 p.m. Friday until Saturday morning. Light to moderate snow will continue through Saturday evening.
- Wind and wind chill: Sustained winds Friday afternoon will be 20 to 25 mph, before increasing to 30 to 35 mph into the evening and overnight, with peak gusts of 50 to 65 mph or higher along the coast. That could create wind chills of -7 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Storm surge: The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning for Massachusetts, warning of a 2- to 3-foot storm surge.
- Snowfall: The heaviest snowfall in New York City is expected to result in up to 12 inches and is forecast to start at 7 p.m. Friday and continue until Saturday morning. Snow will taper off by midday.Â The city is also under a blizzard warning.
- Wind and wind chill: Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph, are expected to trigger wind chills of 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Storm surge:Â A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet is projected along New York Harbor and areas along New Jersey's coast, flooding vulnerable areas. But the National Weather Service says "the majority of roads will remain passable" and "there is no significant threat to life."
MAINE – Portland
- Snowfall: 4 inches; blizzard warning
- Wind and wind chill: -16 degrees Fahrenheit
- Storm surge: Major coastal flooding is expected along the Maine coast south of Portland to the New Hampshire seacoast, the National Weather Service said.Â Â High tide could reach 11 feet at 10 a.m. Saturday, and strong winds could push storm tides to 13 feet.Â The weather service also warns of flooding at the Portland pier and other vulnerable areas nearby.Â It says the increased flows "could blow out manhole covers."
RHODE ISLAND – Providence
- Snowfall: Higher than 2 feet; blizzard warning
- Wind and wind chill: Wind gusts up to 70 mph, stronger near the coast; wind chill could reach 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
VERMONT – Montpelier
- Snowfall: 10 to 16 inches, with higher amounts in southeast Vermont; winter storm warning
- Wind and wind chill: -17 degrees Fahrenheit