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Snowstorm targets New England

More than two feet of snow, major drifts, predicted from MA north

BOSTON | February 7, 2013

Southern New England residents were preparing Thursday for a major winter snowstorm which could bury much of the region in more than two feet of snow and bring blizzard conditions.

According to forecasters, two low pressure systems will merge over the northeastern U.S. Friday to create the monster storm. Snow accumulations are predicted from just north of Philadelphia on north along the coast.

Accuweather.com is predicting the storm will cause white-out conditions and large drifts as well as coastal flooding and accompanying power outages as wind gusts approach hurricane strength.

Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service would not rule out the potential for thunder as the storm moves through the Boston area accumulating two or three inches per hour. Wind-whipped waves of up to 35-feet could cause significant coastal damage along the east-facing shoreline. By Friday night, "a number of shore routes could be impassable," she added.

The storm's fury will hit the Boston area late Friday and extend into Saturday morning.

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