'Historic' Snow Storm Looms for New England
2 storms could combine tomorrow, bringing winds, 2 feet of snow
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2013 6:48 AM CST
Updated Feb 7, 2013 7:30 AM CST
This NOAA satellite image taken at 01:45 am EST today shows fair conditions along the Eastern Seaboard, but two storms are steadily moving toward New England.   (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

(Newser) – Two big winter storms are bearing down on the northeast, and forecasters are warning they could combine tomorrow to create a "potentially historic" blizzard, reports USA Today. The first storm is currently crossing the Plains and is expected to pick up more moisture from the Great Lakes as it marches east. The second storm is heading up the East Coast, plus there's more cold air coming down from Canada. Put those elements together, and you get a heck of a "nor'easter" that is expected to rock New England, perhaps even reaching New York City.

The possible result? Meteorologists stress they aren't sure how these storms will play out, but if they do combine, the Weather Underground predicts:

  • Boston could get two feet of snow (only four storms have ever dumped more snow on the city, ever).
  • Winds around Cape Cod could gust up to 65mph—hurricane strength.
  • Massive travel disruptions (a blizzard warning will be in place from tomorrow morning until Saturday afternoon).

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Feb 7, 2013 8:44 PM CST
SNOW SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 7, 2013 1:28 PM CST
Would love to be in a skyscraper penthouse watching this storm blow in, with the fireplace and a doobie lit.
Feb 7, 2013 10:28 AM CST
If you're confused by the apparent contradiction between "global warming" and historic blizzards, consider this: As the air and the water warm, the air can hold more water and more water evaporates. The warmer, wetter air moves more swiftly because of the heat energy and when it encounters the still-frigid-even-if-a-few-degrees-warmer polar air masses, the result is HUGE precipitation in the form of snow carried by very fast moving systems that, because they're moving faster, can actually reach farther SOUTH than less energized storms. The same principle holds true in the farther south latitudes as the warmer, wetter air from the Gulf is pulled into contact with the cold air in fronts and the resulting weather is more violent and wetter.