A storm passing through the Northeast this Valentine’s Day weekend is riding a tidal wave of frigid air and will deliver blizzard conditions to New England before departing late on Sunday.
The worst of the storm will target eastern New England into late on Sunday with wind-driven snow before tracking to the north on Sunday night.
Areas far removed from the center of the storm in the mid-Atlantic can experience life-threatening cold, the risk of power outages from high winds, the possibility of road closures and an increasing number of flight cancellations.
As the storm continues to strengthen off the coast of New England, it will deliver blizzard conditions from eastern Massachusetts to southeastern New Hampshire, coastal Maine, southwestern Nova Scotia and southeastern New Brunswick to close out the weekend.
The snowfall accumulation will ramp up from west to east across New England with the highest totals accumulating in eastern Maine and western Nova Scotia.
Parts of the eastern New England coast to Atlantic Canada will receive a foot (30 centimeters) or more of snow from the storm.
However, winds and plummeting temperatures caused by the strengthening storm will make for dangerous conditions to be outdoors throughout the Northeast.
Winds may gust past 60 mph in New England and past 50 mph in parts of the mid-Atlantic. As a result, power outages, downed tree limbs and minor property damage may not be limited to New England. Some people could be left in the dark and cold in part of the mid-Atlantic.
There is a likelihood of additional flight cancellations from Boston to New York City and perhaps as far south as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. on Sunday due to persistent wind gusts. Be sure to call ahead before making the trip to the airport.
Early in the day Sunday, the snow forced the temporary closure of Boston Logan Airport. It also resulted in the suspension of all Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority services Sunday.
High winds, plunging temperatures and blinding snow will lead to dangerous travel in New England during the latter part of the weekend. Motorists will run the risk of getting stuck due to diminishing visibility, snow-covered roads and extensive blowing and drifting.
“Motorists that get stuck in the storm in New England will face lift-threatening conditions with AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures plunging well below zero,” AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said.
A period of coastal flooding and battering waves can also occur through Sunday afternoon from the bay side of Cape Cod to Newbury, Massachusetts.
Dry conditions are expected to return for Monday, but a quick-moving storm may graze New England on Tuesday, bringing the next chance for a few inches of snow to accumulate.