Up to 14 inches of snow possible

A major winter storm that could dump up to 2 feet of snow across New England is expected to drop up to 14 inches of snow in the Gloversville area between Friday morning and Saturday morning, the National Weather Service in Albany says.

Meteorologist Ian Lee this morning said the heaviest snowfall in Fulton County probably will occur Friday afternoon into the evening. The area is expected to receive up to 12 inches by the end of the day Friday and another 2 inches Saturday morning, he said.

He said winds will gust at 20 to 30 mph, so there may be some visibility problems.

Lee said the storm would be the biggest of the season for the Gloversville area since a storm Dec. 27.

The storm heading toward New England may not be one for the record books. As much as 2 feet of snow could fall on the New England region, which has seen mostly bare ground this winter, the National Weather Service said.

The storm would hit just after the 35th anniversary of the historic blizzard of 1978, which paralyzed the region with more than 2 feet of snow and hurricane force winds from Feb. 5 to 7.

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“This has the potential for being a dangerous storm, especially for Massachusetts into northeast Connecticut and up into Maine,” said Louis Uccellini, director of the weather agency’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

Uccellini, who has written two textbooks on Northeastern snowstorms, said Wednesday it was too early to tell if the storm would be one for the record books. But he said it will be a rare and major storm, the type that means “you can’t let your guard down.”

The snow will start Friday morning, with the heaviest amounts dumped on the region that night and into Saturday as the storm moves past New England and upstate New York, the National Weather Service said.

A blizzard watch for parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island said travel may become nearly impossible because of high winds and blowing snow.

A coastal flooding watch also is in effect for some shore communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Long Island.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm watches or warnings for much of upstate New York.

By late Friday night, the weather service says some areas of eastern New York along the New England border will receive 8 to 12 inches, and possibly more in higher elevations in the Catskills and Hudson Valley.

Forecasters say the heavy snowfall will be produced by the merging of a strong storm coming out of the west meeting a weaker but moisture-laden system approaching from the south.

The weekend is expected to be cold in Fulton County, Lee said, with Saturday night’s low temperature possibly dipping below zero.

A warmup is expected at the beginning of next week, with highs in the mid-30s on Monday and Tuesday, he said.

However, he said, some snow and freezing rain is possible Monday.