‘Historic and destructive’ storm could hit Massachusetts

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Storm heading toward Massachusetts could leave up to 3 feet of snow.

A major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the Northeast as they gear up for the workweek right after the first real storm of the winter hit them with rain, several inches of snow and messy slush.A massive storm with the potential to drop 1 to 3 feet of snow, whipped by hurricane-force wind gusts, is expected to hit southern New England Monday night, lasting through Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday morning. “This storm definitely has the capability of being not only historic but also catastrophic,” said Benjamin Sipprell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.

Lesser totals were forecast for the Washington area — a coating or a bit more — with steadily increasing amounts expected as the storm plods its way north. Areas east of New York City could receive in excess of a foot of snow if the storm develops as feared, he said, stressing that’s still “a big if.” The storm, which brewed late Saturday around the Iowa-Minnesota line, is likely to track down into the central Appalachians and then very slowly traverse its way through the Northeast states and reach the Gulf of Maine late Tuesday night, he said.

The slow movement of the storm, he said, could help produce quite a bit of snowfall and blizzard-like or blizzard conditions: at least three hours of wind gusts of 35 mph or greater and visibility of less than a quarter of a mile because of snow or blowing snow. We’re highly advising no travel, starting late Monday, going into Tuesday and on into Wednesday.” State officials are meeting this afternoon at the State Emergency Operations Center in Framingham to coordinate response efforts, said Peter Judge, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

A Manhattan Home Depot store sold about twice as many shovels over the weekend as it normally does while transit officials hoping to keep the subways running smoothly planned to use modified subway cars loaded with de-icing fluid to spray the third rail that powers trains. It would be the second wallop for the Northeast after what happened Saturday, when a storm crawling up the East Coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England.

Inside the Star Market on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester early this afternoon, shoppers wearing snow hats and boots waited in lines, many stocking up on items before the storm. The highest recorded snow total for Boston is 27.6 inches on Feb. 17 – 18 2003, just edging out the 27.1 inches that fell in the Blizzard of 1978, according to the weather service. He also said that the MBTA’s Snowzilla, a jet-powered snowblower used to clear tracks on the Mattapan trolley line, “may come out of hibernation.” Globe correspondent Jacqueline Tempera and Felice J.

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