BOSTON (WHDH) - An intense nor’easter slammed Massachusetts on Thursday, bringing blizzard-like conditions, heavy snow, fierce winds and severe coastal flooding to the Bay State.
Southeastern Massachusetts will likely see the heaviest snow and the fiercest winds when things are said and done. Almost the entire state is under a winter storm warning, while some areas are under a blizzard warning.
The blizzard warning is in effect for Boston, the North Shore, the South Shore and the South Coast Thursday until 7 p.m. It extends up along New Hampshire’s seacoast as well.
The majority of the Bay State is under a winter storm warning, including Worcester, the Merrimack Valley, Cape Cod and the Islands, and Western Massachusetts. The warning also covers Rhode Island and Connecticut.
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“Bombogenesis” rapidly fueled the storm, which Chief Meteorologist Jeremy Reiner referred to as a “winter beast,” as it moved up the eastern seaboard.
Light snow started to fly as early as 4 a.m. The storm started to pick up around 8 a.m. The heaviest snow is expected to end around 5 p.m. The storm is expected to clear out by 9 p.m.
Travel will be poor due to possible whiteout conditions. Blowing and drifting snow has reduced visibility in many areas.
Metro Boston and points along the North Shore and in the Merrimack Valley are expected see 8-12 inches of snow. Southeastern Massachusetts, the South Shore and coastal points on the North Shore may see over a foot of snow, with up to 16 inches being a possibility.
Parts of Worcester County could see 8-12 inches of snow. Western Massachusetts will likely get anywhere between 2-8 inches. The Cape and the Islands are expected to see between 2-4 inches, depending upon the area.
The storm is also equipped with dangerous winds. Gusts of 50-65 mph are possible for the Cape and the Islands. Southeastern Massachusetts, Metro Boston and the North Shore could see 40-55 mph gusts, while the majority of Massachusetts will see 25-40 mph winds.
A high wind warning has been issued for Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket until 1 a.m. Friday.
Nantucket saw gusts top out at 76 mph. More than 20,000 people across Massachusetts are without power.
High tide brought severe flooding to many coastal areas including Boston, Quincy, Revere, Marshfield, Weymouth, Scituate, and more. In Boston, firefighters rescued stranded motorists after a historic high tide left roads under water.
A coastal flood watch was issued for Barnstable, Dukes, Eastern Essex, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Nantucket and Suffolk counties. It expired at 4 p.m
Bitter, arctic air will move back into the region on Friday and linger throughout the weekend.
“The coldest air we’ve seen so far this winter, believe it or not, has yet to arrive. It will arrive this weekend,” said Meteorologist Chris Lambert.
Wind chills will dip between -20 degrees and -35 degrees on Friday night into Saturday morning.
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