Friday, February 8, 2013
9:45pm: Northeast Blizzard Strengthens
I have outlined the band of heaviest snow. Five inches per hour in Connecticut and Long Island at 9:30pm EST and 4" across eastern Massachusetts. Rhode Island is now up to 71,000 homes and businesses without power!
Buzzards Bay and Nantucket, MA both report wind gusts to 74 mph. Some are reporting that as "hurricane force" which is incorrect. Winds must average 74 mph averaged over one minute to be "hurricane force" rather than an instantaneous gust. That said, with the wet snow, the power failures will continue to spread rapidly with these winds.