Will Snowstorm Nemo Hit Mardi Gras? Northeast Braces For Blizzard Forecast, Louisiana Prepares To Party

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By IB Times Staff Reporter | February 9, 2013 6:11 AM EST

While much of the northeastern region of the United States is expected to spend the weekend shoveling snow, it looks like the floats on Bourbon Street will be able to celebrate Mardi Gras without the help of any plows. Snowstorm Nemo, which forecasters expect to slam New York and New England Friday night and into Saturday, will spare Louisiana.

According to the Pensacola News Journal partygoers down south can expect a warm, sunny weekend with a high temperature near 69 degrees on Friday. The nighttime low will be around 43, practically beach weather compared to New York City’s frigid temperature of 27 at 4:00 a.m. Saturday. Winds are also expected.

New Orleans is expected to stay warm throughout the weekend, with Saturday and Sunday conditions remaining in the mid to high 60s with the potential for rain during the parade.

By that time much of New England might still be digging their way out of their driveway. The region is expected to bear the brunt of snowstorm Nemo on Friday night. Snow accumulation in Boston, MA could range from 24-30” while meteorologists say Hartford, CT will be beneath a layer 16-24” deep. New York City, while shutting down subway construction for the weekend, will be hit with 10-15”.

“We are taking this storm very seriously and you should take this storm very seriously,” New York State Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Jerome Hauer told The New York Times Thursday night. “If you don’t have to go to work tomorrow we suggest that you do not. If you do, we suggest that you plan for an early departure.”

Meanwhile, thousands of miles to the south, the sentiment was quite different. Tens of thousands of revelers prepared for Mardi Gras weekend not just in New Orleans but also in St. Louis, Florida, and all across Texas.

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