Blizzard conditions, feet of snow to bring New England to a standstill through Monday
By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
February 13, 2017, 7:14:39 AM EST
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A blizzard will unleash feet of snow and threaten to bring travel to a halt across eastern New England through Monday.
In some areas, this is the second storm in less than a week to unleash a blizzard and over a foot of snow.
Heavy snow that unfolded across New England on Sunday will continue to bury the region into Monday afternoon before tapering off into Monday evening.
The corridor expected to be in the bulls-eye of heaviest snow will be portions of central and eastern Maine, including Bangor and Bar Harbor.
"The storm has the potential to bring 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) of snow to parts of central and northern New England and parts of the Maritime Provinces of Canada," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
Locally higher amounts can occur in parts of central and eastern Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The intensity of the snow will make it difficult for road crews to keep roads clear. Travel will be dangerous, if not impossible, during the height of the storm.
The storm already brought up to a few inches of snow across southern New England, where the snow will be intermittent for the duration of the storm on Monday.
Travel and daily activities could be brought to a standstill across northern New England.
Major airline disruptions will continue, not only in New England but over much of the Northeastern states due to the strength of the wind.
Winds will whip past 50 mph (80 km/h) along the New England coast, causing the blizzard conditions and significant blowing and drifting snow. This includes in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland and Bangor, Maine.
“The weight of the snow, combined with fierce, howling winds will be more than enough to bring down tree limbs and power lines,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott said.
Tree and power line damage can occur well away from the blizzard conditions. Gusts between 40 and 60 mph will occur across the Great Lakes and mid-Atlantic into Monday afternoon.
Seas will also build across the Atlantic Ocean.
"There may be minor to moderate coastal flooding issues and beach erosion along the eastern New England coast and the northern shore of Long Island," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
"Such issues would be greatest at times of high tide and at the northern- and western-facing coast of Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Island, where there can even be incidents of major coastal flooding."
The storm started as a period of icy mix in New York City before tapering off on Sunday afternoon with a more prolonged period of wintry mix in the northern suburbs.
Icy morning in NYC...mixture of freezing rain & sleet. pic.twitter.com/nthahtVuh2— Erik Pindrock (@E_Pinny) February 12, 2017
Downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario, lake-effect snow showers and squalls will persist into Monday afternoon on the back edge of the storm.
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