A strong storm will hit the northeastern United States this weekend, and meteorologists predict up to 60 centimeters of snow, which will complicate traffic and lead to floods in the coastal area.
The National Weather Service today issued a snowstorm warning for the greater Boston metropolitan area, which has a population of nearly 4.9 million.
About 60 centimeters of snow and gusts of 112 kilometers per hour are announced for tomorrow.
Most of the snow will fall in southeastern Massachusetts, including the popular tourist destinations Cape Cod and Martas Vinyard, reports Voice of America.
“Because of the snow, we are declaring a state of emergency tonight. “Residents are encouraged not to leave their homes,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.
Winter storm warnings are in effect from North and South Carolina to Maine, where at least 30 centimeters of snow is expected and wind gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour are expected.
“Traveling will be almost impossible. This is the first very big storm this year. We have them every two years. “It’s not uncommon,” said Patrick O’Hara, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The storm is approaching exactly 44 years after a huge snowstorm hit the New England area.
In Boston in 1978, almost 70 centimeters of snow fell, the main highway was closed, citizens were trapped in their homes, and dozens of people died.
More than 2,000 flights for Saturday have already been canceled today.
More than 20 centimeters of snow could fall in New York, the largest American metropolis.
New York’s Governor Katie Hockal took to Twitter to urge citizens not to take to the streets unless necessary.
The Meteorological Service warned that snow could significantly reduce road visibility, and winds could lead to tree felling and power outages in some areas.
Closure of libraries, clinics, churches and shops has been announced in some areas as early as Saturday.
A sharp drop in temperature is also expected in the eastern United States.