3 Feet of Snow Could Bury Boston

New York City could get more than a foot

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2013 5:25 PM CST | Updated Feb 8, 2013 7:57 AM CST

(Newser) – The blizzard barreling toward the Northeast is still on track to bury New England and New York City later today, reports AP. The big airlines have canceled nearly 3,000 flights so far, reports CNN, and that number is only going to grow. Boston could get three feet of snow and New York City could get a foot and a half, according to the latest forecasts; both cities and other surrounding areas are bracing for the storm. Boston's Logan Airport and transit system will shut down this afternoon, the Globe reports; Amtrak and Greyhound routes between NYC and Boston are being suspended; schools have been closed; utility companies are prepping.

The snow is expected to start in the morning, get heaviest at night, and continue into tomorrow morning. Weather Underground's liveblog reports that light snow has started falling in upstate New York; residents of that state and New Jersey were filling up their tanks last night, reports the New York Times, which notes this could be the biggest blizzard in a century for some areas. "This is going to be a dangerous winter storm," says a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass. "Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don't plan on leaving."

A worker walks up toward a plow smoothing a large salt pile at Eastern Salt Company in Chelsea, Mass., in preparation for a major winter storm.
A worker walks up toward a plow smoothing a large salt pile at Eastern Salt Company in Chelsea, Mass., in preparation for a major winter storm.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
This image made available by NOAA shows storm systems over the eastern half of the United States on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 11:15 EST.
This image made available by NOAA shows storm systems over the eastern half of the United States on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 11:15 EST.   (AP Photo/NOAA)
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