If you live anywhere in or around Boston, look out! Jim Cantore and Mike Seidel are both headed to New England to cover Winter Storm Nemo for The Weather Channel. On Feb. 7, Seidel revealed their travel plans by tweeting, “Look who is sitting across from me on my flight to Boston. And why does he keep poking me with that yardstick?” A photo of Cantore accompanied the post. This is terrible news for the residents of Boston because wherever Jim Cantore shows up, the weather is expected to be at its worst. According to The Weather Channel, Boston is directly in Nemo's path.
Jim Cantore is the "Mike Wallace" and “Where’s Waldo” of meteorology. When he shows up, residents expect the weather to get interesting, to say the very least. Jim's passion for field reporting during extreme weather events is well known among TWC viewers. Whether it's "thunder snow", an ice storm, tornado chasing, or a category 5 hurricane, there is no place this seasoned and experienced meteorologist would rather be than right in the "eye of the storm."
- “The #Weather Superbowl is in #Boston this weekend!”
- “Looks like blizzard criteria will be met Friday night and Saturday AM from eastern Long Island up through CT/RI and e/central MA & southern NH.”
- “High confidence blockbuster storm to cripple parts of New England. Take advantage of the airlines letting you change your flights.”
Airlines have already begun to cancel flights in and out of cities in the Northeast and New England. As of 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, more than 600 Friday flights had already been canceled. According to FlightAware.com, nearly 500 have been canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, more than 100 at Logan International Airport in Boston, and nearly 100 more at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Delta and other airlines are allowing fliers to make a one-time change without the standard fee if they’re scheduled to fly into or out of two dozen cities from Maine to Pennsylvania on Friday or Saturday.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino is urging residents to stay home during the storm. “If you must come into town, take public transportation, but I advise everyone to stay off the roads on Friday and Saturday,” he stated on Thursday. Schools in Boston will be closed on Friday and DOT trucks are loaded and on stand-by. The Red Cross reported on The Weather Channel that people are rushing to stores to buy water and non-perishable food to prepare to shelter in place during Nemo.
To provide extensive coverage of Winter Storm Nemo, The Weather Channel has canceled all regular programming for the next two days to cover the storm 24/7. Jim Cantore will begin his live reports from Boston on Thursday night.
For the latest information on Nemo’s expected snowfall rates, the flood threat, and how cities are preparing for the historic and potentially life-threatening storm, head to weather.com.