A state of emergency has been declared in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island as the Nemo blizzard wreaks havoc in the Northeast.
Whiteout conditions, massive snowfall totals, thunder snow and power outages threaten the region in a snowstorm that may become one of the biggest in history. Upwards to 30 inches of snow are predicted in some areas of the northeast, with a minimum of one foot expected in most areas.
Blizzard warnings are now in effect from coastal Maine to northern New Jersey, including Portland, Maine, Boston, Hartford, Providence, the New York City metro area and Long Island.
Snow has been falling all day in the northeast and the snowfall rate and wind are increasing rapidly in the early evening hours.
The National Weather Center states that snowfall rates may increase to 2 to 3 inches per hour tonight. Winds of up to 60 miles per hour are expected in many areas.
A statewide travel ban is in effect in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. No highway travel is allowed except for emergency vehicles, utility vehicles, and public safety personnel.