U.S. Northeast bracing for 1st major snowstorm of the season
Sue Corsentino walks to her vehicle with a bag of salt in preparation for the coming snow storm Thursday at Lowe's in Greenwich Township, N.J. (AP Photo / Express-Times, STEPHEN FLOOD)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, February 7, 2013 6:27AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:11PM EST
BOSTON -- A major winter storm headed toward the U.S. Northeast on Thursday, with up to 0.6 metres of snow expected for a Boston-anchored region that has seen mostly bare ground this winter, the National Weather Service said.
It will be a rare and major storm, the type that means "you can't let your guard down," said Louis Uccellini, director of the weather agency's National Centers for Environmental Prediction.
"This has the potential for being a dangerous storm, especially for Massachusetts into northeast Connecticut and up into Maine," Uccellini said.
The snow will start Friday morning, with the heaviest amounts dumped that night and into Saturday, the National Weather Service said.
A coastal flooding watch was in effect for some shore communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York's Long Island -- just outside New York City.
Tom Meyers, marketing director for Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Massachusetts, said many participants at an annual conference of the National Ski Areas Association this week, were "buzzing" about the storm.