Boston— Residents throughout the eastern United States, especially in New Englandthey are preparing their snow blowers and dusting off their shovels as they prepare to a wintry mix of precipitation as a major storm system bearing snow, freezing rain and ice looms over the region.
Forecasts called for the system to move along the northeast coast throughout the weekend, with heaviest snowfall expected Pennsylvaniaparts of the Hudson Valley and some areas of New England.
Winter storm warnings and warnings were activated throughout the Northeast.
In Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island, he National Metereological Service declared a winter storm warning from 4:00 pm Saturday until 1:00 am Mondaywith snow accumulations of between 6 inches and a foot with wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour.
The weather service is forecasting very similar snow levels for parts of Maine and New Hampshire, with a little less — 3 to 6 inches — for parts of Vermont.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said the city was preparing for the snowstorm, but I didn’t expect it to be a major event, and the timing of the snowfall would probably have less of an impact on the life of the city. Nor were any storm surges expected.
Wu said that anticipates snow clearing in time for school resumptionOn Monday in the morning.
Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey said that although the state is not expecting a record snowfallurged residents to protect themselves and their loved ones by ensuring homes are heated safely.
“Please also take some time to check on your neighbors to make sure everyone stays warm and safe,” he said.
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jerseysaid 6 to 12 inches of snow could fall in the southern Pocono Mountains and northern New Jerseywith lesser amounts of snow and sleet changing to rain in other areas that could cause some flooding.