Submitted by ub on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 06:59

Heavy winds have arrived and this storm may dump up to 2 feet of snow from New York City to Boston. Forecasters say it's one for the record books, as folks scurried to stock up on food and water and road crews readied salt and sand.

Before the first snowflake had fallen, NYC, Boston, Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and other New England cities issued warnings, wile airlines scratched thousands of flights through the weekend, while disruptions from the blizzard will be felt across the U.S.

Amtrak says its Northeast trains will stop running on Friday, when the snow is expected to start with the heaviest amounts falling at night and into Saturday. Wind gusts could reach up to 75 mph. Widespread power failures are now feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from Super-storm Sandy in October.

Blizzard warnings are posted for New Jersey and New York's Long Island, as well as portions of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, including Hartford, New Haven, Conn., and Providence. The warnings extended into New Hampshire and Maine.