Winter Storm Nemo: How Bad Will The Blizzard Be In The Northeast? [REPORT]

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on February 8, 2013 9:05 AM EST

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Winter Storm Nemo could be one of the worst storms in history, with a dangerous mix of rain, sleet, snow and howling winds. As a result, government officials are telling residents throughout the Northeast to not go outside and drive as little as possible. (Photo: Weather Channel)

Winter Storm Nemo will be bad. But how ravaged with the Northeast really be this weekend?

After Winter Storm Nemo touched down in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut regions in the early hours of Friday morning. Winds howled and trees were weighed down with snow from the first big storm in 2013.

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New England is supposed to bear the worst brunt of Winter Storm Nemo, blanketing Boston with 20 inches or more between Friday and Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service, only six previous storms in Boston have rivaled the projected intensity of Winter Storm Nemo. In 1892, 20 inches piled up during a storm. Winter Storm Nemo may not break the 2003 record that piled up 27.5 inches in Boston. But anything above 18.2 inches will make Winter Storm Nemo one of the worst in Boston's history.

Almost no area in the Northeast will be spared from Winter Storm Nemo's wrath. New York City, Syracuse, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Mich., are expected to see at least half a foot of snow.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino closed schools on Friday.

"We are hardy New Englanders, let me tell you, and used to these types of storms. But I also want to remind everyone to use common sense and stay off the streets of our city. Basically, stay home," Menino told Reuters. "Stay put after noontime tomorrow."

But will Winter Storm Nemo really be that bad? Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania is expecting a horrific day with a treacherous mix of rain, snow, sleet and howling winds.

WeatherWorks meteorologist Sean Rowland said the dangerous mix could be very serious.

"Part of what's been done [to restore beaches after Superstorm Sandy] will be undone," Hayes said.

As Winter Storm Nemo makes its way towards New England on Friday, it will only get worse. Meteorologists are predicting 2 to 3 feet of snow and winds up to 70 mph. That switch from rain and snow to just snow will likely occur between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Conditions will be "deteriorating as we go through the evening rush," Rowland said.

The next National Weather Service update will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by another at 12:30 p.m. and every three hours after that for the duration of the storm, Hayes said.

You can watch the storm arrive on AccuWeather's radar.

Read More:

Winter Storm Nemo: What Time Will New England Blizzard Snowfall Begin? [VIDEO]

Winter Storm Nemo: Northeast To Get More Than A Foot Of SNow This Weekend [VIDEO]

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