- A snow emergency hits Boston at 9 p.m.
- A state of emergency has been declared in Virginia.
- More than 200 flights were canceled at Boston Logan International Airport on Saturday.
- Coastal residents of a Massachusetts town are told to consider leaving.
Crews prepare roads, airport cancellations pile up and Virginia has declared a state of emergency for the third time in less than two weeks.
It’s all due to a northeasterly trek to parts of the mid-Atlantic and northeast. The Weather Channel has called the system Winter Storm Kenan.
(LAKE: Nor’easter Maps, Winter Storm Kenan Tracker: Radar, Snow Forecast, Timing)
Here’s a look at what’s happening as the East Coast braces for the storm.
Boston declares snow emergency
“This has the potential to become a historic storm,” Mayor Michelle Wu said at a news conference Friday morning. A huge storm.”
At 9 p.m., a snow emergency kicks in in the city. At that time, parking on the main streets of the city will be prohibited.
According to weather.com meteorologists, the metro area can see up to 2 feet of snow. Strong winds are also possible.
“This is likely to be an intense, dangerous storm with heavy snowfall and whiteout,” Wu said.
“The safest place to be is at your home or in your apartment.”
Air travel is already backing up
The storm is straining air traffic, with more than 200 flights canceled tomorrow at Boston Logan and more than 100 at Newark Liberty, according to airline tracking website FlightAware.
Airlines, including Delta, Southwest and American, waive change fees at dozens of airports from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Bangor, Maine. In addition to Boston and New York City airports, major affected hubs include Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Code blue declared in New Jersey
Several counties have activated cold weather protocols, meaning shelters and heating centers will be available.
The state provides a full list here, and those in need can also call 211 for help.
State of emergency declared in Virginia
Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency on Thursday ahead of the storm, paving the way for the state to deploy people and equipment as needed.
The State Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Department of Transportation and other relevant agencies are already preparing for the storm, according to a press release.
“The most important message for all Virginians is to stay on top of weather conditions and stay off the road if possible,” Youngkin said. “We have already started planning and mobilizing the resources needed to protect the Commonwealth. We are deeply concerned about the predicted impacts on our eastern riparian region and have begun preparing resources to ensure a timely response in that area. The most important thing anyone can do to minimize the risks is to prepare yourself and your family.”
It is the third such statement since January 14.
Coastal residents in Massachusetts town advised to leave
Those living along the coast in Scituate, known for coastal flooding, were told they might want to ride out the storm elsewhere.
“Coastal residents should also consider moving to a hotel or a friend’s house for this storm,” said a statement from the city’s emergency management agency. “If you are evacuating, please do so Friday evening, or at the latest by 6:00 am Saturday, two hours before high tide.”
The city has also provided a list of hotels in the area.
Coastal flooding is expected in several areas along the storm’s path, especially during high tides on Saturday morning and evening.
Widespread power outage expected
Crews from other states are streaming in to help as the storm is expected to knock down trees and power lines.
Remember that generators can be deadly if used incorrectly. Follow the safety rules when using it and never use a generator indoors or next to an enclosed space.
What is the prediction?
Winter storm Kenan will ravage parts of the east coast with heavy snowfall and high winds, including blizzards that will hamper travel in some areas.
Snowstorm warnings, winter storm warnings, and winter weather advisories are in effect in many cities along the East Coast.
Travel should be completely avoided in any of the areas with blizzard and winter storm warnings Friday evening through Saturday.
Click here to read our full forecast.
What winter storms are called
The 2021-22 season is the 10th season. The Weather Channel lists winter storms.
The names are used in alphabetical order to identify winter storms that meet objective naming criteria based on the National Weather Service’s winter storm warnings, snow storm warnings, and ice storm warnings.
Last winter there were 24 named storms, from Abigail to Xylia. Kenan is 11th this season.
Click here to read more about what winter storms are called.
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