Oh, Boston. Your wicked winter is about to get even worse, as if that's possible.
"We've got a big-time winter storm coming up for the Northeast — again. That includes Boston," said Ari Sarsalari, a forecaster for The Weather Channel. "I know that's tough to believe."
The National Weather Service on Thursday issued blizzard watches for Saturday night through Sunday night for the entire New England coast, from Cape Cod to Maine. It said as much as 14 more inches of snow could whistle in on heavy winds to add an icy top layer to the 78.5 inches that Boston has already gotten this fearsome winter.
The new storm is being accompanied by of some of the coldest air in a generation beginning Thursday night, with as many as 35 million people under some form of wind-chill advisory. Temperatures are expected to plunge to near zero Friday morning: 9 below in Syracuse, New York, 9 in New York and Boston and 5 in Bangor, Maine.
By Monday morning, parts of northern New England could be at 10 to 20 degrees below zero — with wind chills as low as minus-35.
The low Monday in New York is projected to be 1 degree. The city hasn't hit zero since 1994.
Vivian Brown, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, said a powerful low-pressure system will "bomb out off the Northeast coast" Saturday night and Sunday, "bringing very heavy snow and very windy conditions."
"That heavy snow will be blowing around on the heels of those very strong winds," she said.
With it's snow-removal budget already exhausted — much like crews that have worked nonstop for more than three weeks — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city is calling in heavy equipment from New York and Connecticut, including snow melters to help trim towering piles of snow that could become a safety hazard.
The city's snow response has deeply angered Bostonians, Walsh acknowledged at a news conference Thursday. After feuding with other officials over cancellation of transit services earlier this week, the head of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority resigned Wednesday.
"Patience and calmness seems to be going out the window," Walsh said. "People are frustrated being stuck in traffic, people are frustrated with waiting for trains and buses, and people are frustrated with the snow."