Just 4 days after Punxatawney Phil predicted an early end to winter on Groundhog Day, meteorologists are saying the northeast is in for a bumpy ride: two winter storm systems are combining to create a massive nor’easter which will dump snow, rain, and everything in between across wide swathes of the northeast and upper Midwest.
Starting on Thursday night, the newly-christened Winter Storm Nemo will cause moderate snowfall from the Upper Midwest through the northern Great Lakes region, leaving six to eight inches of snow.
Thursday to Friday night, the storm will dump heavy snow across the northeast, including Boston and New York City. While Boston could see several inches, New York City will likely survive with little disruption to services – but not the surrounding commuting suburbs, which could see lots of snowfall.
Parts of New England will be up for 1 to 2 feet of snowfall, while strong winds may stack with ongoing flurries to reduce visibility. Blizzard conditions may arise in parts of Massachusetts, including Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and NantucketIsland. Major cities from Portland, Maine to Providence, R.I. are expected to receive heavy snow.
If the weather warms quickly, much of the snowfall may turn into rain, reducing the chance of weather interrupting daily activity. Meteorologists are unsure as to whether the storm will reach the expected levels of snowfall, however.
“The European model, which is the generally the best model we have, has continued to insist there is going to be this really big storm, but the other models are not bullish on it at all,” Weather Channel meteorologist Carl Parker told NBC. “The difference is -- will it be a blockbuster for places like Boston?”