Northeast readies for major snowstorm

BOSTON (AP) — People in the Northeast are stocking up on food and supplies, and road crews are getting ready with salt and sand.

The region is bracing for a major winter storm that could bring up to 2 feet of snow to places that haven't seen a significant snowfall in more than a year.

Forecasters say most of southern New England could see anywhere from 18 to 24 inches between tomorrow and Saturday. Some other forecasts say the totals could be even higher.

Part of New York's Long Island is under a blizzard watch, as are parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

New York City is expecting between 4 and 6 inches of snow.

Forecasters expect the snow to start tomorrow morning, with the heaviest accumulations tomorrow night and into Saturday.

Airlines have already canceled hundreds of flights tomorrow.

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.

065-a-04-(Gloria Devoe, shopper stocking up for the storm, in interview)-"a few days"-Gloria Devoe was in her local store stocking up on milk and other necessities ahead of the predicted storm. COURTESY: WLNE TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (7 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *065 (02/07/13)>> 00:04 "a few days"

064-a-14-(Annemarie Beardsworth, spokeswoman, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, in interview)-"least a week"-Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says it's a good idea to prepare now for the expected winter storm. COURTESY: WLNE TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (7 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *064 (02/07/13)>> 00:14 "least a week"

067-a-08-(Unidentified West Hartford resident, in interview)-"less than that"-This West Hartford resident says she and her husband were at a local store to get equipment for the predicted snowstorm. COURTESY: WTNH TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (7 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *067 (02/07/13)>> 00:08 "less than that"

APPHOTO MAEA101: Chris Oppenberg of Andover Small Engine Service assembles a home generator for a customer in Andover, Mass., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in preparation for a major winter storm headed toward the U.S. Northeast. The National Weather Service calls for up to 2 feet of snow expected for a Boston-area region that has seen mostly bare ground this winter. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (7 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO NY4: A pair of storms will combine off the Northeast coast, bringing heavy snow and strong winds throughout New England. Another storm will move into the West, bringing rain and high elevation snow from California through the Great Basin. (7 Feb 2013)

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