A major winter storm, with blizzard conditions,Ã‚ is bearing down on the Northeast and New England, with between one and even up to three feet of snow expected in certain areas Friday night through Saturday.
Here in New Jersey the snow is already falling and blizzard warnings are in effect from here to southern Maine, including the New York City metro area and Long Island, Boston, Hartford, Providence, and Portland, Maine.
The National Weather Service warns that in addition to the snowfall amounts, wind gusts as high as 60-75 mph will have a significant impact on transportation and power. Coastal flooding is also possible from Boston northward.
As CNN reports, the storm is on a trajectory similar to that taken by superstorm Sandy.
The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) notes that winter storms are the third-largest cause of catastrophe losses, behind only hurricanes and tornadoes.
From 1992-2011, winter storms resulted in about $28 billion in insured losses, according to ISO. Insured annual U.S. winter storm losses in 2012 totaled $38 million, following losses of over $2 billion in 2011, according to Munich Re.
For more facts and statistics, including the 15 costliest U.S. winters by insured losses click here.