Snow coming down in Easton

Major winter storm begins in Easton at 8 a.m.

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Quiet before the storm: Town treasurer Wendy Bowditch took this photo of the reservoir on Route 136 near Black Rock Turnpike on Thursday.

The major winter storm expected to impact the Northeast and New England Friday into Saturday began this morning about 8 a.m. in Easton.

As much as one to two feet of snow is forecast from the New York City metro area to Maine, with localized heavier amounts possible, according to the National Weather Service. This, in addition to wind gusts as high as 60-75 mph, will create significant impacts to transportation and power. Coastal flooding is also possible from Boston northward.

Power companies UI and CL&P are staffing up their information centers all across the state. Some workers will stay at hotels so they don’t have to travel home at night. Line crews and tree crews are coming in from out of state.

Today the forecast is snow all day with high temperature near 34, breezy, with a northeast wind 11 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches is possible.

Tonight the snow could be heavy at times with a low around 22, blustery, with a north wind around 25 mph and gusts as high as 48 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches is possible.

On Saturday, snow is likely, mainly before 1 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Blustery, a north wind of 20 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph is forecast. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Saturday night will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 8 and wind chill values as low as -6. Blustery, with a northwest wind 11 to 20 mph, gusts could be as high as 31 mph.

Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 33. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday night there is a slight chance of snow showers, partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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