REPORTS: Blizzard Causes Difficult Travel in Eastern New England

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
February 16, 2014; 3:44 AM ET
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Yet another major winter storm, already responsible for several inches of snow from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic states, will develop into a blizzard for eastern New England Saturday night.

Just two days after the last snowstorm, this storm will ramp up Saturday evening and continue into early Sunday morning, most likely causing major road and air traffic delays and cancellations.

Some regions in eastern New England could see an upwards of 12 inches.

Snowy, Cold Winter to Only Loosen Its Grip Briefly
AccuWeather Winter Weather Center
Blizzard to Lash Eastern New England Saturday

The storm will impact some of New England's major metropolitan areas including, Providence, Boston and Bangor. Into Saturday night, conditions will deteriorate rapidly across the region, severely impacting travel along portions of I-95.

For the full story on the blizzard in New England, read here.

REPORTS: (All times are listed in EST)

10:15 p.m. EST Saturday: 13.0 inches reported in Sandwich, Mass.; 8.5 inches at New Bedford, Mass..; and 5.0 inches at Warwick, Rhode Island, according to NWS spotters.

9:10 p.m. EST Saturday: Visibility at 1.25 miles at Groton-New London, Conn., airport. Connecticut DOT webcam shows travel on I-395 at nearby Norwich.

9:00 p.m. EST Saturday: Massachusetts State Police reports that heavy snow continues in communities along the north/south shore and the Cape. Low visibility is shown on MassDOT webcam on Route 6 near Sagamore, Mass.

8:50 p.m. EST Saturday: Snowfall totals: 4.5 inches at Southampton, N.Y., and one mile north of Groton, Conn., and 2.5 inches at North Haven, Conn., NWS spotters reported.

8:40 p.m. EST Saturday: The City of Boston said it has more than 600 pieces of equipment out Saturday evening to deal with the winter storm.

8:35 p.m. EST Saturday: More than 1,000 flights have been canceled and another 4,700 delayed due to the winter storm, according to FlightStats.

8:05 p.m. EST Saturday: 4 inches of snow fell at Bourne, Mass., an NWS employee reported.

7:35 p.m. EST Saturday: Snow on I-95 at Long Hill Road near New London, Conn., Connecticut DOT webcam shows.

7:00 p.m. EST Saturday: More than 2,500 MassDOT crews are working on snow removal Saturday night, the department said.

6:55 p.m. EST Saturday: 6.5 inches of snow have fallen at Westerly, Rhode Island, an NWS spotter reported.

6:45 p.m. EST Saturday: I-90 tolls waived thru 6 a.m. Sunday for Allston/Brighton, Boston tunnels and Tobin Bridge, MassDOT said.

6:15 p.m. EST Saturday: I-90 traffic now reduced to 40 mph from New York line to Boston. MassDOT webcam shows snowy conditions at I-90 and I-495.

5:50 p.m. EST Saturday: Visibility down to a quarter-mile in Providence, Rhode Island. RIDOT webcam shows RI 146 at I-95.

5:35 p.m. EST Saturday: About 1,000 flights have been canceled and another 4,000 delayed due to the winter storm, according to FlightStats.

5:10 p.m. EST Saturday: Massachusetts authorities reduce the Interstate 90 speed limit to 40 mph with propane/tandems restricted from the New York line to Interchange 11A (I-495).

4:55 p.m. EST Saturday: 2.5 inches of snow fell at Ludlow, Mass., and 2.1 inches at West Glocester, Rhode Island, NWS spotters report. EarthCam webcam of Boston looking over the Charles River.

4:25 p.m. EST Saturday: Ground stop now reported at Logan International Airport, Boston, the FAA said.

4:05 p.m. EST Saturday: Ground stop reported at La Guardia airport, the FAA said.

3:55 p.m. EST Saturday: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick advised motorists to stay off the roads east of Worcester from 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday.

3:45 p.m. EST Saturday: Snow reported around Greenwich, Conn. Connecticut Department of Transportation webcam on I-95.

3:10 p.m. EST Saturday: Snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour will develop over southeastern Massachusetts by nightfall. As winds increase, blizzard conditions should occur, significantly impacting travel.

3:05 p.m. EST Saturday: Lowering visibilities in Boston, down to three-quarters of a mile with snow and fog at Logan International Airport. Webcam of the MassPike at Allston:

3:00 p.m. EST Saturday: Flight delays up to 3.5 hours at Newark airport, two hours at JFK and one hour at Philadelphia, the FAA reports.

2:55 p.m. EST Saturday: Snowy conditions reported in southeastern New York, according to New York State Department of Transportation.

2:00 p.m. EST Saturday: "Steady snow has developed across southern New England and heavier snow bands are now seen on radar over eastern Long Island and south of Rhode Island," AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline said. "Conditions will deteriorate through the afternoon from Providence to Boston with the worst of the storm after nightfall."

12:15 p.m. EST Saturday: "Moisture is already amassing to the south of southern New England," AccuWeather Meteorologist Mark Paquette said. "The south coast of New England is already experiencing a mix of rain and snow that will transition into snow." Meteorologist Dan DePodwin also contributed to this story.


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