BOSTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- With already up to 100 inches of snow in some suburban locations, some parts of New England, including snow-covered Boston, are facing the strongest storm yet. A blizzard packing hurricane-strength winds and frigid temperatures is expected to pound the area beginning tonight.
Although this blizzard won't bring as much snow as the previous snowfalls in the past month, wind speeds are expected to reach up to 75 miles per hour with temperatures plummeting as low as 17 degrees. It's expected to be as strong as a Category 2 hurricane.
"It's going to be snowing hard, the winds are going to be up over 50 to 60 miles per hour, there are going to be whiteout conditions," said Bernie Rayno, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.
The Boston area is expected to get as much as 12 inches of snow and New York City could see up to seven inches. The new snow only compounds the problems caused by back-to-back weather systems that left record amounts of snow. Forecasters say the blizzard will arrive Saturday nightt and leave Sunday.
Thundersnow -- snow accompanied by thunder and lightning -- is also possible, forecasters said. Coastal flooding is also possible in eastern Massachusetts.
[Fri PM] Plan to have travel completed by Sat eve. Dangerous/life-threatening conditions Sat night-Sun. Stay inside! pic.twitter.com/q5EBBEa8Za— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) February 13, 2015