‘Historic’ storm could hit Massachusetts

Story highlights

  • Massachusetts officials say storm could be deadly and warn against travel
  • Boston, areas of New York and New Jersey will be hit with snow and strong winds

Areas of New York, including the New York City metropolitan area, and the city of Boston are in the storm’s path. Coastal New Jersey and parts of New England will also be affected, the National Weather Service said. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency tweeted Sunday that the state would be under a blizzard watch Monday.

The storm isn’t predicted to let up until Wednesday morning. Snow in the southeast part of Massachusetts could morph into a period of freezing rain. And a major nor’easter is likely to develop on Monday and move up the northeast coast, forecasters said.

Travel across Massachusetts during the storm could be impossible and life-threatening, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency It’s unclear just how much snow might be on the way but the National Weather Service is saying 1 to 2 feet is possible.

Christine Carew, a sales associate at Charles Street Supply in Boston, said customers have been coming into the hardware store since it opened Sunday to grab last-minute snow supplies.

Parents and their children have popped in to buy sleds and others are picking up shovels, ice melt and snow brushes.

“This is kind of typical,” she told CNN about Boston getting a lot of snow. “We’re more prepared for it. We know it’s going to happen.”

There’s little chance the store will be closed tomorrow, no matter how hard it snows. The manager, she said, lives above the store.

Eight counties in Massachusetts are already under a winter storm watch: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, Barnstable, Nantucket and Dukes.

A blizzard watch is in effect for Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth counties. Barnstable, Nantucket and Dukes counties also face a high wind watch.

There could be coastal flooding in the state starting early Tuesday with pockets of major flooding on east-facing coast lines, the state emergency agency said.

Drifting snow in Massachusetts will reduce visibility and people should be careful because the storm could bring down utility poles and wires, officials warned. Widespread power outages are likely, they said.

And it could get worse. Damaging winds, possibly approaching hurricane force — between 60 and 70 mph — could blow on Cape Cod. Significant beach erosion is also likely on the eastern shorelines, state emergency officials said.

New York is also under a blizzard watch for Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, Mark Boughton, recently made the news for creating the popular Twitter hashtag “#Icezilla” when a major storm hit his area.

He tweeted Sunday that he would wait for weather models Monday before coming up with a name for whatever was in store for the state.

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