A historic October snowstorm is still crushing New England with heavy snow and howling winds before cruising away into Atlantic Canada.
Snow amounts have already topped two feet across portions of New England, while record-shattering snow hammered the major Northeast cities from Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to New York City and Hartford, Ct.
An additional 3-6 inches of snow will thump across portions of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, as the potent nor'easter races along. Heavy snow rates of 1-2 inches an hour will be found in this zone with thunder snow a possibility. Bangor, Maine, is included in this zone.
For more details on specific snow amounts, consult the AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center.
Strong winds blasting the New England at 50 mph and higher will cause blowing and drifting of snow, adding to hazardous travel conditions. Along the coast, gusts close to 70 mph will rage.
More trees can come crashing down under the weight of the hefty, wet snowfall, especially with the additional stress from the high winds. In fact, wind could continue to cause delays in New York City and Philadelphia as well.
Photo of heavy snow in Stamford, Ct., on Saturday Oct. 29, 2011 submitted by AccuWeather.com Facebook Fan Rick A.
***Power was knocked out for more than 2.3 million customers from Maryland to Maine, according to the Associated Press.***
***States of emergency have been declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and parts of New York state.***
***At least three lives have been claimed by the historic snowstorm. One of the deaths was an 84-year-old man. He died when a tree crashed into his home, while he was sleeping in his recliner. Springfield, Mass., Police report that a 20-year-old man was electrocuted to death by downed live wires that succumbed to the weight of heavy, wet snow.***
While snow will taper off in Boston, there could still be tricky travel on the ground due to the wind and fallen trees. Flight delays are likely due to the lashing winds.
Roads even farther south were icy early Sunday morning. A 30-car crash on I-95 north of Philadelphia that killed at least two people has been blamed on icy roadway conditions.
Severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes in major metropolitan areas, while wildfires raged in the West and flooding downpours persisted in the East.
As much of the West continues to be plagued by intense drought, the production of favorite and trendy foods may be more challenging for states operating in dry conditions.
Since the movie "Jaws," inspired by 1916 shark attacks, the number of shark attacks has been on the rise due to human and seal population increases, shark migration and warming temperatures.
A warmer weather pattern is forecast for much of the Central and Eastern states, while temperatures should throttle back in the Northwest during the middle of August.
Japan and South Korea face tropical floods into this weekend; the danger of a typhoon looms for next week.
Bertha is forecast to take a curved path near the islands in the northeastern Caribbean this weekend, then to stay off the East Coast of the United States next week.
New England (1975)
"Hot Saturday" 107 degrees in New Bedford and Chester, MA All-time hottest day - 104 degrees in Providence, RI (also all-time record for state) 100 degrees in Nantucket for the first time
Heat wave continues for the following: Abilene - 41 consecutive days of 98 degrees or higher, tied 1952 record. Dallas/Ft. Worth - 41st consecutive day of 100 degrees + El Paso - 51st consecutive day of 100 degrees +
Chicago, IL (1988)
100 degrees -- 7th day of 100 degrees or higher in 1088 -- an all-time record number.