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New York - February 8, 2013

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1. SOUNDBITE: Mayor Michael Bloomberg/(I) New York City

"I visited sanitation dept crews who are on snow removal duty. The winter storm is certainly on everyone's minds. I can tell you that there were a lot of plows on the front of trucks, there was a big snow melter ready to go if necessary. They had one plow that if we had 10 feet of snow it would blast right through it. But I don't think we're gonna need that one. But let me update you on what's being called winter storm nemo and the city's preparation for it. The current forecast from the national weather service, now keep in mind these are forecasts, this is a reasonably unpredictable storm, it could turn further northeast or it could stall and give us more precipitation. Right now, as you know, outside it's all rain. There really isn't any snow, even when you look at the grass its pretty clean. But the heavy snow is supposed to come in later on. The national weather service says this morning it started to snow, turned to rain, back to snow this afternoon, likely to fall in a fast and heavy rate, their words, during much of the evening and overnight period with the heaviest snow expected to begin 3 and 7pm tonight. And by the time storm passes early saturday afternoon, we're expecting to have accumulation of 10-14 inches across the five boroughs based on the latest national weather service."

STORYLINE:

Snow was falling around the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what's predicted to be a massive, possibly historic blizzard, and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars ahead of the storm poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond.

Boston could get 2 to 3 feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 14 inches.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said plows and 250,000 tons of salt were being put on standby.

Bloomberg said when the snow begins, forecasters expect it to fall in a "fast and heavy rate." Bloomberg said the snow will start "during much of the evening and overnight period with the heaviest snow expected to begin 3 and 7pm tonight. And by the time storm passes early Saturday afternoon, we're expecting to have accumulation of 10-14 inches across the five boroughs based on the latest national weather service."

To the south, Philadelphia was looking at a possible 2 to 5 inches.

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