A Very Snowy Weekend Predicted for the Northeast

The Staten Island Ferry chugs across a snowy New York Harbor on Friday, with the Statue of Liberty in the background

If you live in New England, New York or New Jersey, there might be several inches of new snow outside as you’re reading this – or a lot more.

Forecasters were predicting a potentially record-setting blizzard across much of the Northeastern United States starting Friday.

For many meteorologists, the question wasn’t whether it would snow or not, but how much.

“There are going to be people in the Northeast who are going to be measuring snow not in inches but in feet,” said Jeff Tongue, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, in an interview with New York City TV station WNBC.

Several New England states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, were expected to see the worst of the snowstorm – as much as 30 inches.

(According to published reports, the all-time snow record for a single storm in Boston, Massachusetts, is 27.6 inches).

And as of Friday afternoon, New York City was expected to get up to 9 inches.

A blizzard warning was in effect from New Jersey to Maine.

(According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard warning means forecasters are expecting “a combination of strong winds (of at least) 35 miles an hour and very low visibility due to blowing or falling snow.”)

A lot of kids in the Northeast got a snow day on Friday.

Officials didn’t want parents, teachers and other people driving around later in the day, when conditions were expected to get worse.

In addition, Amtrak canceled train service along the East Coast — north of New York City — as of Friday afternoon.

And traveling by air wasn’t any easier.

Thousands of flights were canceled before the storm even hit, in anticipation of dangerous conditions.

The snowstorm was expected to hit a number of areas that are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

And some new power outages were expected.

“(But) I’m not expecting anything like the vast power outages and problems we had with Sandy,” said Ralph Bombardiere, the executive director of the New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops, in an interview with Reuters news service.

The snowstorm was expected to move out of the Northeast on Saturday.