There is a Blizzard watch in effect for the New England area, and if the snowstorm hits, it could dump up to a few feet of snow on parts of the region. The National Weather Service updated an earlier advisory on Wednesday, warning residents that the weekend snowstorm, named “Nemo” by the Weather Channel, could potentially be “historic,” bringing heavy snow accumulation of 12 to 24 inches Friday morning into Saturday.
While snow will start to fall early in the day Friday, the worst of Nemo will be seen on Friday night, into Saturday morning, making weekend travel for some difficult, or even impossible.
Winter storm Nemo will be dropping snow on Boston and the surrounding areas at a rate of two to three inches per hour, adding blowing and drifting snow to the mix.
“This is a very serious storm that is developing,” Mayor Tom Menino said. “Safety is our number one priority, and my Snow Team will continue to monitor the situation so that Boston is ready for whatever comes our way.”
In the case of Nemo, a “blizzard watch” means there is potential for constant falling snow with sustained winds of 35 miles-per-hour for more than a three-hour period.
“We are looking at the potential of probably the most significant snow storm Southern New England has had in awhile,” said Meteorologist Charlie Foley.
Foley, who works for the NWS, said “nothing is definite,” but current weather predictions indicate that some regions will see up to six inches of snow, while others could get buried in one to two feet of white across the area.
“We are very confident we could see that amount,” he told BostInno, adding that the approaching storm is expected to be fairly big.
Nemo is the fourteenth named winter storm of the year.
In 2012, the Weather Channel started naming winter storms, like Nemo, to better communicate “the threat and the timing of the significant impacts that accompany these events.” According to the station, a storm with a name is easier for people to follow, and remember, eliminating the element of surprise when it finally hits a certain area.
“In today’s social media world, a name makes it much easier to reference in communication,” according to the Weather Channel. “As an example, hash tagging a storm based on its name will provide a one-stop shop to exchange all of the latest information on the impending high-impact weather system.”
Below are some good resources to help you keep an eye on the storm, and see how Nemo develops from now until it is expected to hit on Friday.
How to Track Winter Storm Nemo:
Boston.com Weather – Not the most detailed coverage, but it will tell you when it’s raining. Or snowing.
7 News whdh.com Tracker – Has great video coverage and an interactive radar that will keep you mesmerized.
The Weather Channel – Very simply maps that even non-meteorologists can understand.
Weather Underground – Weather Underground has a plethora of tracking visuals, including, storm history, model intensity, radar, tracking and even ensemble models.
Weather.gov— This is the most official, straight forward information you will get.
There’s an app for that:
The Weather Channel iPhone App – The Weather Channel takes your weather experience to the next level with full screen maps, extended forecasts, severe weather alerts, and more. There is a free version and one available for $3.99.
WeatherBug – WeatherBug is the only source for truly live, local weather – providing users access to the largest network of professional weather stations in the US and thousands of locations around the world. Free.
MyFoxBoston iPhone App – Get Doppler radar images, traffic cameras, the latest local headlines from FOX 25.
MyRadar – One of Apple’s top 10 free apps.