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Powerful Nor’easter targets New England this weekend

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Heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions are expected to slam into parts of the East Coast Friday through Saturday night.

Key Highlights

Threats: Snow, wind, power outages, coastal flooding, travel disruptions

States affected: NC, WV, VA, MD, DE, NJ, NY, PA, D.C., MA, RI, CT, VT, NH, ME

When: Friday, January 28- Saturday, January 29

Powerful snowstorm set to strike

AccuWeather For Business meteorologists expect a strong Nor’easter to develop late Friday and bring dangerous winter conditions to major cities along the East Coast this weekend. The potential storm could become a “bomb cyclone,” as it strengthens quickly off the coast and brings with it destructive winds and dangerous surf that could threaten coastal communities. The storm is expected to impact areas up and down the Northeast and mid-Atlantic coasts, including the Interstate-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Portland, Maine. Big cities like New York City, Boston, and Portland, Maine, are all in the path of the storm and forecast to get significant snowfall. 

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Blizzard conditions are expected near the New England coast, including Boston, Portland, and Bangor, Maine, where wind gusts will be the highest on Saturday. Reduced visibility, downed trees, and power outages are expected. The powerful winds can also lead to coastal flooding and beach erosion across much of New England and the northern shore of Long Island. snow new 0128Over a foot of heavy snow is expected in much of New England with the most snowfall, an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 42 inches, from eastern Long Island through Nova Scotia. Cold air will dip southward as the Nor'easter begins to pull away. Subfreezing temperatures will be felt as far south as Florida.

Businesses in the Northeast need to keep a close eye on this system and should:

  • Expect business interruption due to power outages
  • Anticipate disruptions to ground logistics due to road closures and snow-covered roads
  • Prioritize cold weather concerns for outdoor workers
  • Ensure all employees and visitors on-site have a way to be notified of severe weather

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