Heavy snow continues to fall in the Northeast with Blizzard Warnings now issued for Long Island, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Boston. Thundersnow has been producing snowfall rates of 1″ to 4″ an hour, creating blinding snow with very low visibility. Wind gusts above 50 mph will create blowing and drifting snow. Winter Storm Warnings continue for the I-95 corridor from near Philadelphia to New York and Boston.
The Nor’easter has been causing significant travel problems. More than 3,000 flights have been cancelled. Roads could become impassable in the areas seeing the heaviest snow. Cars have been getting stuck on ramps, with numerous accidents reported. Schools are closed throughout coastal areas of the Northeast, as power outages are a concern.
Nearly a foot of snow has fallen in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Some areas may see an additional 6 to 10″ of snow into New England before the storm departs.
Snowfall totals may reach to 18″ in Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Eastern Massachusetts. Minor additional accumulations are expected in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as the storm moves quickly through the Atlantic Ocean into New England.
Snow has ended in the Philadelphia area and will continue to diminish throughout New Jersey. A few more hours of snow is possible for New York City, which will likely bring totals to nearly a foot at Central Park, LaGuardia, and JFK. The snow will stay heavy from Long Island and for the I-95 corridor in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The low pressure center is currently located east of Long Island in the Atlantic Ocean. As the storm lifts to the Northeast, snowfall will increase from Cape Cod to Boston. The storm is moving quickly, but with thundersnow possible, snowfall accumulations will occur quickly.
Heavy snow will push throughout the Downeast areas of New England, with eastern sections of Maine and Massachusetts seeing significant accumulations into tonight. The snow will come to an end in all of the Northeast early Friday morning as the Nor’easter moves away from the coast.
Stay tuned to WeatherNation for continuous reports on the Nor’easter with live reports throughout the region.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels