Blizzard Threatens to Halt Travel in Boston, Southern New England

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
January 2, 2014; 9:05 PM ET
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A snowstorm will evolve into a blizzard and adversely affect southern New England, including Boston, into Friday.

A major snowstorm began to dump snow on Boston and central and southern New England Thursday with snow continuing though Thursday night. Travel conditions are expected to remain treacherous through much of Friday as snow continues though the morning before tapering off.

Snow falling at the rate of 2 per hour in some locations can overwhelm road crews and aircraft deicing operations. Some roads will close, many flights will be delayed and some flights may be canceled.

A foot of snow will cover much of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Within this area locally higher amounts to 18 inches are possible.

A National Weather Service spotter reported 21 inches of snow in Boxford, Mass., late Thursday evening with temperatures only in the single digits.

Increasing winds will cause extensive blowing and drifting of the dry, powdery snow snow, as well as coastal flooding problems along the eastern shoreline areas.

The storm will wind down in most areas Friday midday and afternoon. However, travel may be difficult into Friday night. Sea-effect snow will continue to fall on Cape Cod through Friday afternoon, adding to storm accumulations.

The air coming in Friday into Saturday will be the coldest of the season so far. The combination of wind, temperature and other factors may make it dangerous to be outdoors for extended periods of time without being properly dressed. RealFeel® temperatures will dip well below zero during this time.

For parts of northern New England, actual temperatures may not rise above zero until later this weekend.

Milder weather will pay a brief visit Sunday into Monday, before another blast of frigid air moves in Monday night into Tuesday.

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Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 7 a.m. EST. We will be talking about the snowstorm in the Northeast and Midwest, along with the brutal cold.

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