Major Nor’easter to Disrupt Travel for Millions Bringing Heavy Snow and Blizzard …

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

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. 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.

If this storm is as large as predicted, it would be the first major winter weather event of Baker’s administration, and Judge said the governor is “in the loop” on all preparations. “I don’t think he’ll be here for the [meeting] … but he’ll certainly be involved in any decisions we make if we have to make any pre-storm decisions,” Judge said. “Our job here is to advise him.” He said MEMA is sharing information with cities and towns and with the public to encourage and assist with preparations. Residents should prepare for power outages with emergency kits containing flashlights and batteries, non-perishable food, water, and other necessities, he said, and should take care of errands ahead of the storm. 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.

Some filled their carts with staples such as bread and milk, while others prioritized chips and candy. “I have to have something for the sweet tooth,” she said gesturing to boxes of chocolate chip cookies and Oreos in her cart. “That’s important.” A blizzard watch is in effect from Monday evening through late Tuesday night for eastern Massachusetts, coastal areas of Connecticut and all of Rhode Island, with a winter storm watch in effect for Cape Cod. 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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