• Boston could get up to two feet of snow and New York City about half that in weekend storm as two storm systems merge
  • Boston under blizzard watch Friday through Saturday with hurricane force wind gusts expected
  • Forecasts are varied and some predict the majority of snowfall will be further north

By Daily Mail Reporter

A potentially historic Nor’easter is churning its way toward the Northeast with potential hurricane force wind gusts and blizzard conditions dumping as much as two feet of snow in some places on Friday and Saturday.

While the actual trajectory for the storm is still unknown, New York City could get around 10 inches and Boston could get slammed with as much as two feet with winds gusts up to 55 mph.

A blizzard watch is now in effect starting Friday morning for much of Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island with travel not recommended amid fears of dangerous white out conditions, the National Weather Service reports.

kSnowbelt: The East Coast could get hit with up to 12 inches of snow as a powerful system moves east
kVariations on a storm: However, other weather prediction services show that the majority of the storm will be further north
Path: By Friday evening at 7pm the storm is projected to be just off the eastern coast of New Jersey as depicted by NOAA herePath: By Friday evening at 7pm the storm is projected to be just off the eastern coast of New Jersey as depicted by NOAA here

Knee deep: An accumulated snow forecast from Intellicast shows one storm system coming across the Midwest into the East CoastKnee deep: An accumulated snow forecast from Intellicast shows one storm system coming across the Midwest into the East Coast

The National Weather Service is forecasting ‘a potential historic winter storm and blizzard’ in Boston while issuing a blizzard watch throughout the area from Friday until Saturday afternoon.

They report the heaviest snow to begin falling on Friday night into Saturday morning with 2-3 inches per hour possible and visibility less than a quarter of a mile or less at times.

Just south, most of New York state is under its own winter storm watch with snow likely to begin falling by early Friday morning and develop into heavier snowfall throughout the afternoon.

Heavy rain, snow, and wind gusts possibly more than 50 mph are expected throughout Metro New York, Long Island, Connecticut and up into Orange county, New Jersey creating fears of potential power outages in freezing conditions and drifting and blowing snow making roads impassable according to NOAA.

‘As always in the winter season we are prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings,’ New York Sanitation Dept. spokesman Keith Mellis told the New York Post of their 365 salt-spreaders standing by.

‘Once we get a weather forecast that looks like the threat of snow, we have them pre-loaded. They’re our first line of defense,’ he said.

Widespread minor flooding and moderate flooding along shoreline communities is also expected, potentially causing moderate to significant beach erosion among some of the hardest hit areas less than four months after Hurricane Sandy.

The Weather Channel reports that the Midwestern storm pattern, which passed through Chicago and Milwaukee, will mix with wetter weather coming from New Orleans, Louisville, and even Atlanta.

Bundling up: On Friday snow, seen in blue, is expected to blanket parts of the northeast while accompanying patches of ice, seen in pink and purpleBundling up: On Friday snow, seen in blue, is expected to blanket parts of the northeast while accompanying patches of ice, seen in pink and purple

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Salt of the Earth: Municipal trucks fill up with salt Wednesday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in preparations for what could be a large snowfall

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