Winter Storm Hits Northeast, Record Snowfall Expected in Some Areas

A severe blizzard is expected to affect large parts of the U.S. Northeast Friday and Saturday as a nor’easter moves north up the Atlantic. Rain, ice and snow pelted cities from New York to Boston, with expected snowfall of up to two feet in some areas.

Several cities are taking precautions in face of the potentially historic storm. Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts declared a state of emergency and announced a vehicle ban, asking all drivers to be off the road by 4 p.m. Friday. States of emergency were also declared in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Both UPS and FedEx offices in the affected states have warned customers to expect delayed or canceled service for the weekend. In addition, more than 2,000 flights have also been canceled, with further cancellations expected throughout the day.

The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for parts of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Snow and storm conditions will be felt from Pennsylvania through Maine.

Some industry suppliers have already announced closures due to the weather. If your business is affected by the storm, send an email to We will update this post with company closures, delays and other information as it becomes available.

The following companies have announced closures or other delays due to the snowstorm (updated 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8):
Gemline – Lawrence, Mass. – Closing at 1 p.m. on Friday, 2/8. Employees are working remotely.
Prime Line – Bridgeport, Conn. – Closing at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, 2/8. Order processing and artwork services will continue at an alternate location through the weekend as necessary.
Hub Pen – Braintree, Mass. – Closing early on Friday, 2/8. UPS and FedEx shipments for today are still scheduled for pickup.
Bankers Pen Co. – Garfield, N.J. – Closing at 2 p.m. on Friday, 2/8. Expects to open at normal time on Monday.

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