Over 100K without power, blizzard warnings across Northeast amid powerful winter storm

Written by on January 29, 2022

After dumping a half-foot of snow on areas from New York Metropolis to Maine — creating blizzard conditions in some regions — a strong winter storm is bringing a mixture of extra heavy snow and robust winds to the East Coast Saturday.

Winter climate will unfold from the mid-Atlantic coast to the Northeast coast all through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The circumstances are anticipated to taper off by Sunday because the storm strikes into Canada, the NWS said.

The storm additionally has the potential to close down main highways and, with its gusty winds, could result in widespread energy outages within the Northeast. More than 100,000 customers in Massachusetts had been already with out energy Saturday morning. Further energy outages are doubtless in southern and jap New England and elsewhere alongside the mid-Atlantic coast, AccuWeather mentioned, urging individuals to be ready for lengthy outages and to have flashlights and blankets readily available.

The Weather Service says the powerful nor’easter rapidly intensified into a bomb cyclone Saturday morning, which happens by means of the process known as bombogenesis. The storm is “more likely to be  the strongest and most disruptive snowstorm and blizzard in a number of years for parts of New England and the quick mid-Atlantic coast,” AccuWeather said.

Components of 10 states had been below blizzard warnings Saturday: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Main cities akin to Philadelphia, New York and Boston as New England are anticipated to bear the brunt of the storm, with wind gusts as excessive as 100 mph.

“That is going to be a harmful, life-threatening storm, particularly in southern New England,” AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jon Porter said.

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Individuals within the area awoke Saturday morning to snow accumulation already within the double digits, according to AccuWeather, and an extra 2 to three ft might fall in elements of New England.

A lot of the Northeast coast will see snowfall accumulations of greater than a foot, NWS said. Some areas will see as a lot as two to 3 inches of snowfall per hour, according to the weather service.

Chilly temperatures and harmful wind chills throughout the East following the storm could “exacerbate an already harmful state of affairs for these with out energy/warmth,” the NWS said.

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A dusting of snow falls at dawn as the beginning of a major snow storm arrives Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, in Somerville, Mass. A powerful nor'easter swept up the East Coast on Saturday, threatening to bury parts of 10 states under deep, furiously falling snow accompanied by coastal flooding and high winds that could cut power and leave people shivering in the cold weather expected to follow.

Thousands of flights were canceled Saturday because the storm hit, according to FlightAware. Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport in New Jersey said more than 85% of scheduled flights Saturday have been canceled because of the storm.

Officers throughout the coast warned individuals to remain off roads as excessive winds and snow create potential whiteout circumstances.

“Count on whiteout circumstances and practically not possible journey at occasions,” the NWS said.

Rhode Island banned nonemergency street journey beginning Saturday morning, and Delaware allowed solely important personnel on roads in three counties. Massachusetts additionally banned heavy vehicles on interstate highways for many of the day.

The Massachusetts Division of Transportation warned on Twitter that already tough journey will worsen all through the day.

“Keep away from journey if doable,” the department said. “In case you should exit, take it sluggish & let crews deal with/clear roads safely.”

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Storm could set document in Boston

Whereas Boston is not any stranger to snowstorms, this weekend’s storm is forecast to be the town’s first blizzard since 2018 and should even change into one of many largest on document, AccuWeather said.

If Boston sees 20 inches or extra of snow, the storm might break into the town’s prime 10 snowfall slots, the climate service mentioned. Greater than 24.6 inches might put it into the primary spot, over the earlier document from January 2015.

AccuWeather has forecast 18 to 24 inches of snow in Boston.

Previous main blizzards within the metropolis embrace the President’s Day Storm of 2003, which buried some areas below 30 inches of snow as Boston confronted 27.6 inches, based on AccuWeather.

VARIOUS CITIES - JANUARY 29: People walk through lower Manhattan in the pre-dawn hours as a winter storm brings heavy snow, freezing temperatures and blowing winds to the area on January 29, 2022 in New York City.

Contributing: Doyle Rice, USA TODAY; The Related Press

Contact Information Now Reporter Christine Fernando at cfernando@usatoday.com or comply with her on Twitter at @christinetfern.

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