New England Braces for Powerful Nor’Easter With High Winds and Snow

(Bloomberg) -- Boston and New England will take the brunt of a powerful snowstorm set to sweep the U.S. East Coast starting Friday, but New York City, Washington and the New Jersey coast will likely be digging out as well as the storm winds up.

A winter storm watch is in effect for eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where 8 to 16 inches (20 to 41 centimeters) of snow could fall through Saturday propelled by winds of 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers), while New York City may get as much as 7 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Eastern Long Island is forecast to receive more than a foot.

The storm, which will tie up ground and air traffic and potentially cause power outages, is expected to intensify so rapidly it could become a so-called bomb cyclone.

“It is pretty much a guarantee that this will bomb out,” said Andrew Orrison, a forecaster with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center. “The more significant impacts, hands down, are areas of New England.”