Winter Storm: A Blizzard Called Nemo Moves Into the Northeast

Heavy snowfall and hurricane force winds will create blizzard conditions in New York City and Boston on Friday, February 8th. Photo: Al Camardella Jr / CC by 2.0

Heavy snowfall and hurricane force winds will create blizzard conditions in New York City and Boston on Friday, February 8th. Photo: Al Camardella Jr / CC by 2.0

When the groundhogs said that winter was going to end soon, they obviously didn’t check with Nemo. A severe winter storm is moving onto the East Coast today, and according to the National Weather Service, potential hurricane force winds will combine with snowfall to create blizzard conditions, particularly in the New York and Boston areas.

The potentially historic snowfall and blizzard conditions should roll in by Friday afternoon, and when they do, residents are urged to stay at home. One to three feet of snow are expected.

Winter Storm Nemo: Getting Ready

Sleet and light snow are already falling as the northeast prepares for Nemo. According to Flight Aware, thousands of flights have been cancelled in New York and Boston, and Amtrak has cancelled late afternoon service between the two cities.

Schools have declared a snow day, and many workers have been encouraged to avoid going out. In Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino encouraged people to stay off the streets, as snowfall amounts there are expected to break 1978 records. Heavy snow is expected to last into Saturday in New England, although it should dissipate by Saturday morning in New York City.

High Winds Bring Concern About Flooding in the Northeast 

The National Weather Service shows the east coast of the US covered in storm warnings, from a winter storm warning in the south to more dangerous hurricane-force wind warnings in the northeast. In the coastal areas from Boston northward, residents are being warned to prepare for potential flooding. Wind speeds over 70 mph could drive water up to four feet higher than normal.

Click to Read Page Two: How Nemo Formed

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  1. says

    Raised in Minnesota in the 30s and 40s, it was 50 below zero day and night for three weeks once. It was no stopping of schools, nothing shut down. An Armistice Day storm and blizzard put a stop to everyone. That was in the mid forties. Everyone helped everyone, a great time was had by all, except when a car pulled up to a house and told the parent their son was killed in action, and said, ” Here’s a gold star sticker to put in your window.”

    • says

      truly brings it all into a much better perspective! thank you paul, need to hear more from you. might even need one like you to turn this country around, & set it straight too! :-))

    • says

      ditto from michigan….we have icy rain and snow storms all spring and never get a dime of help…power outages for weeks and no one gets a news story…my city made it into the top ten worst storms…

  2. regina spence says

    Apparently the weather channel was short on ideas so they had to start naming the winter storms. Idiotic! Nemo, really? Captain or a clownfish?

  3. says

    The Buffoons and Cartoon-Like Characters at the Weather
    Channel with their Leprechaun-like forecasters like Forbes who jumps around,
    flailing his hands like a berserk, out of control puppet .. ..Cantore who is so
    short he appears to be a weight-lifting Troll .. women forecasters who eyebrows
    go up & down at such a feverish pitch that you expect them to explode in
    flames .. who are all more suited to be actors on a very bad hollyrot sound
    stage ( what can you expect .. they are owned by NBC ! lol ) They make a mockery
    of all the really hardworking meteorologists who do their serious work everyday
    without being clowns and shills .. and obviously praying for awful weather so
    they can scare the bejabbers out of everyone .. And now these idiots are naming
    Winter storms ?? .. Good Grief .. What unabashed, stupid, idiotic arrogance ….
    Don’t go away mad .. Just Go Away !!!!

  4. andrew houck says

    Who decided the storm needs a name? Enough already! This is the first -real- weather event this winter, yet some how we are on name 13. Are we going to start naming heavy rain this spring too?

  5. amber99 says

    Not a blizzard. To be a blizzard, a snow storm must have sustained winds or
    frequent gusts that are greater than or equal to 35 mph with blowing or drifting snow which reduces visibility to 400 yards or a quarter mile or less and must last for a prolonged period of time — typically three hours or more.

    The NWS does not name snow storms. The Weather Channel does.

    Nemo! Give me a break.

    • Amskeptical says

      Steve, you are a little soft in the analysis department here . . . how ’bout you step away from the computer and go shovel some snow to keep your last brain cell healthy.

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