More Than 1,400 Flights Cancelled as “Dangerous” Nor’easter Issued for New York City

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A blizzard warning has been issued for New  York City as the Northeast braces for a  potentially dangerous winter storm that is already sparking a travel nightmare  across the country.

Anywhere from 10-14 inches of snow is  expected to fall on the Big Apple on Friday night into Saturday morning. Thirty  mph winds are also part of the forecast.

The warning is in effect from 6am Friday to  1pm Saturday.

Air travelers have been warned to expect  headaches at the airport when the storm hits.

In fact, more than 1,400 flights tomorrow  have already been cancelled, according to

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city is  ready, and if bad weather has to happen, it’s better to have it on a  weekend.

During a press conference this afternoon,  Bloomberg said: ‘We hope forecasts are exaggerating the amount of snow,  but  you never can tell.’

Metropolitan Transit Authority chief Tom Prendergast  told reporters: ‘This is a very serious storm, and we should treat it that  way.’

He said that the MTA would keep a large  number of trains in the system’s underground tunnels to protect them from the  storm.

The Northeast is bracing for what is expected  to be a ‘dangerous’ Nor’Easter tomorrow that is packing a punch of heavy rain,  wind and as much as two feet of snow in some areas.

The heaviest snowfall is expected in  New  England – a region that has seen mostly bare ground this winter, the National  Weather Service said.

The storm would hit just after the 35th  anniversary of the historic  blizzard of 1978, which paralyzed the area with  more than as much as 40  inches of snow in some areas and hurricane force winds  from February  5-7.

The approaching Nor’easter could be just as  troublesome.

Meteorologist William Babcock says it’s  looking like it’s going to be a very powerful storm.

If everything falls the way it has the  potential to, it could be among the top 10 snowstorms in New England’s  history.

Suffolk County on New York’s Long Island is  under a blizzard watch, as are parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode  Island.

‘This has the potential for being a  dangerous storm, especially for Massachusetts into northeast Connecticut and up  into Maine,’ said Louis Uccellini, director of the weather  agency’s National  Centers for Environmental Prediction.

Uccellini, who has written two  textbooks on  Northeastern snowstorms, said Wednesday it was too early to tell if the storm  would be one for the record books.

But he said it will be a rare and major  storm, the type that means ‘you can’t let your guard down.’

Other  weather experts are fearing the worst.

AccuWeather meteorologist Mark Paquette told the Boston  Globe: ‘I certainly expect this to be  a blockbuster storm of historical proportion. I think you could see 30  inches.’

Dubbed Nemo by The Weather Channel, the storm  will roll in on Friday morning, with the heaviest amounts dumped on the region  that night and into Saturday as the storm moves past New England and upstate New  York, the National Weather Service said.

A blizzard watch for parts of Massachusetts  and Rhode Island said travel may become nearly impossible because of high winds  and blowing snow.

Boston public schools will be closed tomorrow  in anticipation of the storm, Mayor Thomas Menino announced.

A coastal flooding watch also is in effect  for some shore communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Long  Island.

But not everyone is cowering in fear – some  are anticipating the snow.

Thanks to the ability to make their own snow,  the region’s larger ski resorts  aren’t as dependent on natural snowfall, though  every bit helps.

At Mount Snow in Vermont, spokesman Dave  Meeker said the true value of the storm will be driving traffic from southern  New England northward.

‘It’s great when we get snow, but it’s a  tremendous help when down-country  gets snow,’ he said. ‘When they have snow in  their backyards, they’re  inspired.’

Assuming the snow clears out by the  weekend  with no major problems, ski areas in Massachusetts also were  excited by the  prospect of the first major snowstorm they’ve seen since  October  2011.

‘We’ll be  here with bells on,’ said  Christopher Kitchin, inside operations manager at Nashoba Valley Ski Area in  Westford, Mass. ‘People are getting  excited. They want to get out in the snow  and go snow-tubing, skiing and snowboarding.’

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