The New England area is bracing for a double threat of bone-chilling gusts of wind and tons of more snow as the area cannot seem to catch a break this winter.
Another round of blizzard-like conditions is expected to top off some parts of the region with another foot of snow starting Saturday night into Sunday with wind gusts topping off at 75 mph, forecasters told The Boston Globe.
The snowstorm targeting New England is expected to intensify Saturday evening and will stretch into the day on Sunday, National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Burke told FoxNews.com Friday. Areas around Boston could see more than 10 inches of snow, while parts of Maine could yield up to 18 inches.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a snow emergency and a parking ban that will go into effect at 10 p.m. Saturday. The city also ordered the reconfiguration of several streets to improve public safety.
Travel is expected to become treacherous and nearly impossible Sunday morning. Boston’s transit system, the MBTA, already canceled Sunday service, MyFoxBoston.com reports.
“The projected heavy snow and high winds will significantly inhibit the MBTA’s ability to deliver safe and reliable service. Trees and power lines could come down, and visibility will be hampered,” the MBTA said in a press release said.
“Additionally, the MBTA is concerned that a train could break down between stations, resulting in a track right-of-way evacuation that would put customers, employees and emergency responders at risk.”
Massachusetts scrambled to clear roads Friday. The state’s National Guard reportedly sent 16 soldiers and 12 vehicles to help the coastal city of Gloucester with snow removal. The city has received more than 80 inches of snow over snowstorms that have hampered the area this year.