Northeast Hunkers Down for a Whiteout

Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions expected in first big snowstorm of 2014

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 2, 2014 8:47 AM CST

(Newser) – Mother Nature isn't making it an easy transition back to work in the new year, throwing a whole lot of snow, whipping winds, and freezing temperatures at commuters in the Northeast this week. As much as a foot of snow is expected in New England and New York today into tomorrow; more is expected in Boston, which will see "near blizzard" conditions, CNN reports, and Philadelphia and southern New Jersey could see 3 to 7 inches. "The wind is going to whip around the snow and reduce the visibility, creating near-blizzard conditions" through much of the Northeast, one meteorologist tells NBC News.

Some 900 US flights are already cancelled today alone, as temperatures fall to highs just above zero in some areas, the National Weather Service said, per the AP. "There will be travel problems," a meteorologist said. "It will be very cold." Adds another, the snowstorm, dubbed "Hercules" by the Weather Channel, could stretch into parts of the Midwest, USA Today reports. "Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely," particularly in NY and Long Island, the Weather Service said, per CNN. "This will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel."

A pedestrian walks along Norh Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., during a snowstorm, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Mark Moran)
Widespread snow will continue over the Great Lakes and stretch through the Northeast.   (AP Photo/Weather Underground)
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