Massive blizzard poised to strike New England

A snow storm of rare strength is bearing down on New England today, with forecasters expecting Boston to receive 3 feet of snow and New York to receive 10 to 12 inches.

The storm has prompted the cancellation of thousands of flights, so travelers departing Wichita for the northeastern U.S. over the next couple of days should monitor the status of their flights.

In his blog “Meteorological Musings,” AccuWeather Vice President Mike Smith is predicting power outages could last for weeks in some areas of New England.

A map produced by the Burlington, Vermont, branch of the National Weather Service yesterday shows snowfall total predictions for the storm. Some totals could be “historic,” meteorologists there say.