Snow began falling in parts of the Northeast on Friday afternoon as 40 million residents were bracing for a heavy blizzard expected to batter much of the region by early evening.
New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and other parts of New England were hunkered down for blinding snowstorms, heavy winds, power outages and more than two feet of the white stuff in some regions.
The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for the New York City metro area, Connecticut and Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts and coastal sections of New Hampshire and Maine. Some parts of New England should see the heaviest snow, while some coastal areas could be lashed by hurricane-force winds of nearly 75 mph.
As part of a new effort to name winter storms, the Weather Channel dubbed the blizzard "Nemo." By mid afternoon, finding Nemo wasn't an issue: snow was accumulating in Boston, Providence, Hartford, Worcester, Concord, N.H., and Portland, which had already gotten more than 6 inches. The snow caused a 19-car pileup on a highway near Cumberland, Several people had minor injuries, police said.
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