BOSTON (AP) — Schools across New England have closed and thousands of flights have been scratched as the Northeast hunkers down for a storm poised to dump up to 2 feet of snow.
The snow is expected to start Friday morning, with the heaviest amounts falling at night and into Saturday. Wind gusts could reach 75 mph. Widespread power failures were feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October.
Massachusetts is preparing for a blizzard Friday that forecasters say could bring more than two feet of snow to the state’s heaviest populated areas.
Governor Deval Patrick instructed most state employees to work from home Friday and urged private employers to do the same. He urged all schools to close for the day. The Governor said no one should plan to travel in the state after noon.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The National Weather Service says wind gusts could top 60 mph in parts of upstate New York as a cold front drives temperatures down from record winter highs and brings expected heavy rain in eastern areas and lake-effect snow to western parts of the state.