'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

(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).

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.
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)
A pair of storms will combine off the Northeast coast, bringing heavy snow and strong winds throughout New England.  Another storm will move into the West, bringing rain and high elevation snow from California through the Great Basin.
A pair of storms will combine off the Northeast coast, bringing heavy snow and strong winds throughout New England. Another storm will move into the West, bringing rain and high elevation snow from California...   (AP Photo/Weather Underground)
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