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Get ready for a weekend winter nightmare in the Northeast.
Some of the coldest air in the past 20 years will be accompanied by winds approaching hurricane force — and, for the snow-battered coast of New England, what could be a paralyzing blizzard.
A blizzard watch was posted on Friday from the Maine-Canada border south to Cape Cod, and a winter storm watch was in place for New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
The system threatens to disrupt travel, knock out power and make driving treacherous, if not impossible. The heaviest snow should be Saturday night, and the strongest winds should be Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
"Late Saturday night, into the early part of Sunday, that’s when this thing really becomes a monster storm,” said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
The high end for snow predictions is 2 feet in Bangor, Maine, 14 inches in Portland, Maine, and 10 inches in Boston and on Cape Cod. Wind speeds on the cape could reach 70 mph, just shy of hurricane strength.
The blast of cold air could be historic. On Sunday morning, subzero low temperatures are expected for the Great Lakes, upstate New York and northern New England. The coastal Northeast should see its lowest temperatures on Monday morning.
The forecast high for Sunday in Buffalo, New York, is 1 below zero. That would be the first time in 20 years and only the 13th time since 1870 that the temperature there failed to reach zero on any day.
New York City could touch zero for the first time in 21 years. The forecast low for Monday morning is 3.