Sunday, September 25, 2022

Winter storm churns East Coast with deep snow, high winds

BOSTON ( Associated Press) — People from New York City to Maine woke up to a half-foot (15 centimeters) of snow on Saturday, and forecasters warned of more than quadruple strong winds and a possible blizzard as a powerful nor’easter. The situation could kick up to widespread power outages and coastal flooding.

Parts of 10 states and some major population centers – Philadelphia, New York and Boston – were in the path of the storm, which was expected to last all day.

According to FlightAware, the airlines canceled more than 4,500 flights at some of the busiest airports in the country. Amtrak suspended or limited service on the Boston-to-Washington corridor.

In West Hartford, Connecticut, a tractor-trailer jackniffed onto snow-covered Interstate 84, closing several westbound lanes.

Officials from Virginia to Maine warned people to stay off the roads amid possible whiteout situations. The saving grace of the storm: It was hitting a weekend, schools were closed and there were few passengers.

Rhode Island, all under a blizzard warning, banned all non-emergency road travel beginning at 8 a.m.

“It’s severe. We are prepared for this storm, and we need Rhode Islanders to be prepared too,” said Gov. Dan Mackie. “The best way to deal with this storm is to stay home tomorrow.”

Delaware allowed only essential personnel to drive in two of its three counties. Massachusetts, where forecasters said there could be 30 inches (76 cm) of snow in some isolated areas, banned heavy trucks from interstate highways for much of Saturday.

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Shoppers stocked up on Friday to stock up on food, generators and snowblowers ahead of nor’easter, a type of storm so named because its winds typically blow from the northeast as it churns out over the East Coast.

Many hardy New Englanders took the storm by storm.

Dave McGillivray, the race director of the Boston Marathon, jokingly invited people to a free snow shoveling clinic at his suburban Boston home on Saturday.

“I will provide driveways and multiple walkways to ensure that your training is conducted in the most lifelike condition possible,” he said.

Mark Rudkowski, 28, bought French bread and wine Friday at Star Market in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as balloons and toys for his dog, who turned 1 on Friday.

“He’s going to love it,” Rudkowski said. “He’s a snow dog.”

But there were some concerns about hoarding amid ongoing supply chain issues due to the pandemic. New England supermarket giant Stop & Shop urged customers to exercise restraint.

“We ask shoppers to buy the things they need and save some for their neighbors,” the chain said in a statement.

Parts of 10 states were subject to blizzard warnings: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Areas closest to the coast were expected to bear the brunt of the storm, which could bring gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph) across New England.

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Up to 18 inches (46 cm) of snow was forecast in coastal New Jersey and up to 17 inches (43 cm) in eastern Long Island. It may be 10 inches (25 cm) or more in parts of the Delmarva Peninsula in Philadelphia, New York City and Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Virginia, where a blizzard hit this month trapped hundreds of drivers Don’t even hesitate to gather resources for hours on Interstate 95. In Maryland, the governor mobilized the National Guard.

Washington and Baltimore were hardest hit by the storm.

Snow can fall as fast as 5 inches (about 13 centimeters) per hour in places including Connecticut, where officials were concerned about having enough snowplow drivers amid shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic and other issues.

The worst storms were expected to hit Canada by Sunday morning, where several provinces were under warnings.

A saving grace, at least in parts of Massachusetts: Snow should fall lighter and flaky because it’s coming with colder weather that dries it out, said Juda Cohen, a winter storm specialist for the commercial firm Atmospheric Environment Research.

This means substandard snowballs – and snow that is less capable of breaking off tree branches and tearing down power lines.


Associated Press writers who contributed to this report were Jeff McMillan in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Steve LeBlanc in Cambridge, Massachusetts; In Warwick, Rhode Island, William J. cole; David Klepper in Providence, Rhode Island; and Sarah Broomfield in Washington.


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