REPORTS: Heavy Snow Halts Friday Commute in Northeast

February 15, 2014; 3:17 AM
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Update at 9:30 a.m. EST Friday:

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A snowstorm continued to thump the Northeast Friday morning, creating travel nightmares and widespread power outages.

Major travel problems will continue for the Interstate 95 corridor until the storm pulls away from the region, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andy Mussoline said.

As of early Friday morning, the storm had pulled away from Philadelphia and was almost out of New York City. A couple more hours of light snowfall is likely before the snow comes to an end. Snow will continue to fall across New England for much of the morning, however.

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More than 7,700 flights were canceled Thursday with the majority of cancellations out of Atlanta International, Philadelphia International and Ronald Reagan National.

This is the same storm that brought snarling snow and ice to the South and cut power to more than 500,000 between the Carolinas and Georgia.

The governors of Alabama and Georgia declared states of emergency on Monday night in preparation of the storm. Governors in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland declared states of emergency on Tuesday.

At least 21 people have been killed across the South and the Northeast since the snow and ice event began early this week, The Associated Press reported.


All reports listed in EST

9:10 a.m. EST Friday: According to CBS Philly, as many as 100 vehicles are being impacted by accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Bensalem.

8:20 a.m. EST Friday: Flight cancellations top 1,300.

8:00 a.m. EST Friday: Watch the latest edition of AccuWeather LIVE for updates on the next round of snow for the Northeast:

7:30 a.m. EST Friday: Vermont 511 lists the whole state as having "Difficult" weather:

7:00 a.m. EST Friday:

6:30 a.m. EST Friday: Allentown, Pa., set a new record for Feb. 13 with 17.8 inches of snow. The old record was a mere 3.4 inches, set back in 1993.

6:10 a.m. EST Friday: Due to snowy and icy conditions, many New York City area bus routes have been suspended or rerouted:

(Image/511NY)

5:50 a.m. EST Friday: Flight cancellations top more than 1,200 to start the day, primarily from Newark and Charlotte airports.

5:30 a.m. EST Friday: An emergency manager reports that a barn collapsed in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania early Friday morning. Heavy snow on the building was ruled as the cause of the collapse.

4:30 a.m. EST Friday: Snow and slush covered roadways will be a hazard for early morning commuters across the Northeast Friday. Traffic cam of I-80 in eastern Pennsylvania, via PennDOT

4:00 a.m. EST Friday: Most of the snow has moved out of eastern Pennsylvania. Snow will be coming to an end in NYC in the next couple of hours.

2:30 a.m. EST Friday: Allentown and Philadelphia set records for daily snowfall for February 13. Allentown recorded 17.8 inches crushing the old record of 3.4 inches. Philadelphia recorded 10.4 inches which slipped by the old record of 10.0 inches. Both previous records were recorded in 1899.

12:45 a.m. EST Friday: The center of the storm is just to the east of Long Island with a pressure of 29.00 inches (982 mb). Snow from this system is currently falling in 12 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces.

12:00 a.m. EST Friday: Another round of snow is almost to NYC. Radar:

11:00 p.m. EST Thursday: Accidents and speed limit restrictions continue across Pennsylvania highways. Road information from PennDOT:

10:30 p.m. EST Thursday: Con Edison reports nearly 1,000 customers remain without power in New York City due to heavy wet snow from earlier. Rain is currently falling but more snow will return later tonight.

9:30 p.m. EST Thursday: More snow is expected but Worcester, Mass., broke a 117-year-old snow record for Feb. 13 with 10.5 inches. The old record was 9.0 inches in 1897.

9:20 p.m. EST Thursday: A heavy snow zone will develop from northeastern Pennsylvania and northeastern New Jersey into eastern New York will produce rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour with thundersnow possible, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

9:00 p.m. EST Thursday: Thunderstorm was occurring at La Guardia airport. Rain is expected to change to snow by 10 or 11 p.m.

8:50 p.m. EST Thursday: Rainy conditions around New York City. Times Square webcam from EarthCam:

8:40 p.m. EST Thursday: Central Pennsylvania storm totals: 14.3 inches at Shrewsbury, York County; 13: Bedford, Bedford County, Warfordsburg, Fulton County, and Upper Strasburg, Franklin County; and 9.2: Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, according to NWS spotters.

8:10 p.m. EST Thursday: Morristown Municipal Airport, N.J., is closed due to snow and ice. The airport is expected to reopen Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

7:30 p.m. EST Thursday: In Boston, Mass., more than 1,750 NSTAR customers are without power. In New York, close to 700 Con Edison customers are also in the dark.

6:50 p.m. EST Thursday: Watch the evening edition of AccuWeather LIVE, as we discuss the latest details on the snowstorm in the Northeast:

6:45 p.m. EST Thursday: An NWS trained-spotter reports 23 inches of snow in Oakland, Md.

6:40 p.m. EST Thursday: A student skis by the Creamery on The Pennsylvania State University's main campus in State College, Pa., as snow continues to fall across the region.

(Photo/Sean Gregory, OnwardState)

6:20 p.m. EST Thursday: Richmond International Airport is now closed due to snow and ice, the FAA reports. Boston Logan International is also experiencing delays up to two hours due to the snow and ice.

6:05 p.m. EST Thursday: 22.5 inches of snow fell one mile east of Glencoe, Pa., an NWS spotter reported.

5:50 p.m. EST Thursday: Washington Dulles International Airport shatters Feb. 13 snowfall record with 11 inches. The old record was 3 inches in 1992. More snow is possible, raising the record total.

5:15 p.m. EST Thursday: 28.5 inches of snow fell 1 mile west of Pilot, Va.; 24.6 inches fell 2 miles southeast of Mountain Lake, Va., and 21.3 inches fell 2 miles south of Snowville, Va., NWS spotters reported.

4:55 p.m. EST Thursday: The Baltimore area is reporting thunder-sleet and it probably will soon affect the Washington, D.C., area, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

4:50 p.m. EST Thursday: A pregnant woman died after she was struck by a mini-plow in New York City, The Associated Press reported. Her baby was delivered in critical condition by cesarean section.

4:35 p.m. EST Thursday: 14 inches of snow fell at Bluefield, W.Va., an NWS spotter reported.

4:05 p.m. EST Thursday: Watch the latest updates on the storm in our 'AccuWeather LIVE' show:

3:40 p.m. EST Thursday: 8 inches of snow fell in three hours at Roanoke, Va., where the depth is 19 inches.

3:20 p.m. EST Thursday: 22 inches of snow fell three miles north of Salem. Va., an NWS spotter reported.

3:00 p.m. EST Thursday: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority crews gear up to clear the roadways for the evening commute.

2:40 p.m. EST Thursday: Flight cancellations in the U.S. have surpassed 7,000 with the majority of cancellations at Charlotte Douglas International, Atlanta International, Philadelphia International and LaGuardia airport.

2:05 p.m. EST Thursday: Nearly 17 inches of snow in Roanoke County, Va., reports an NWS trained-spotter.

1:25 p.m. EST Thursday: Flight cancellations now passed 6,800.

12:50 p.m. EST Thursday: Up to 10 inches of snow has been reported for Upshur County, W.Va.:

(Photo/West Virginia 511)

12:00 p.m. EST Thursday: See the latest updates on the noon edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

11:40 a.m. EST Thursday: An NWS-trained spotter in Sheffield, N.C., reports 9.7 inches of snow.

11:00 a.m. EST Thursday: Flight cancellations in the U.S. have now passed 6,000, according to FlightStats.

10:20 a.m. EST Thursday: Heavy snow is piling up across Pennsylvania. Snow totals, so far, include 10.0 inches in Gettysburg, 8.0 inches just northwest of Harrisburg, 9.5 inches in Upper Strasburg and 11.0 inches in Millersville.

9:40 a.m. EST Thursday: A train derailed in Vandergrift, near Pittsburgh, Pa., at 8:00 a.m. EST, according to CBS Pittsburgh. At the time of the incident, temperatures were in the lower 20s in the area.

"The only potential weather-related problem may have been related to tracks separating or contracting due to the persistent cold," AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Since Jan. 1, 2014, the temperature has been 6.6 degrees below normal in Pittsburgh.

9:00 a.m. EST Thursday: Reduced speeds and trailer bans are in effect for much of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

8:20 a.m. EST Thursday: The Associated Press reports that the death toll in the storm has climbed to 12.

8:00 a..m EST Thursday: Watch the latest edition of AccuWeather LIVE for our most current updates:

7:30 a.m. EST Thursday: Greensboro, N.C., resident Aly Kihm reports 7 inches of snow outside her home:

(Photo/Aly Kihm)

7:20 a.m. EST Thursday: Massachusetts Transit Authority will be limiting public transportation services today.

6:50 a.m. EST Thursday: More than 5,000 U.S. flights have already been canceled for the day, with Washington, D.C., area airports closing down:

6:20 a.m. EST Thursday: Power outages between Georgia Power, South Carolina's SC&G, and North Carolina's Duke Energy and Dominion Electric surpasses 502,400 affected customers.

6:10 a.m. EST Thursday: School closings spread across the mid-Atlantic and New England either in preparation for the snow or while snow already flies:

6:00 a.m. EST Thursday: AccuWeather.com Senior Vice President and Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said areas from Washington, D.C., to Boston and New York City can expect the snow to fall at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

5:30 a.m. EST Thursday: Connecticut issued a traffic ban on tandem trucks:

5:08 a.m. EST Thursday: An NWS spotter reported 8 inches of snow near Long Green, Md., just northeast of Towson.

4:20 a.m. EST Thursday: The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has announced that all of the Metrobus service is suspended until further notice due to hazardous travel conditions.

3:54 a.m. EST Thursday: There are numerous trees and power lines down in Allendale, S.C., with several fires ongoing due to the downed power lines, according to Emergency Manager.

3:32 a.m. EST Thursday: Traffic is now backed up nearly 7 miles to mile marker 116 on I-81 southbound in Virginia due to the same accident mentioned earlier.

2:23 a.m. EST Thursday: There are now more than 211,000 customers without power in Georgia via Georgia Power

1:04 a.m. EST Thursday: Traffic is at a standstill for more than 5 miles on I-81 southbound in Virginia starting at mile marker 109 due to a disabled vehicle.

12:30 a.m. EST Thursday: Snow is now being reported in New York City with snow expected to continue throughout the night.

12:08 a.m. EST Thursday: One foot of snow has already accumulated in Laurel Ridge, Va. with snow still falling, according to NWS trained spotter.

All reports listed below are from Wednesday.

10:58 p.m. EST Wednesday: Snow has already begun to accumulate on roadways around Washington, D.C.

9:30 p.m. EST Wednesday: Flight cancellations for Thursday top 3,300 with nearly one third of those flights into or out of Atlanta, according to FlightStats.

8:55 p.m. EST Wednesday: Roads are becoming slippery in Crystal City, near Washington, D.C., as the storm makes its way through the region.

(Photo/David Seay)

8:50 p.m. EST Wednesday: An NWS spotter reported 7 inches of snow northwest of Blacksburg, Va., in Newport.

7:52 p.m. EST Wednesday: More than 2,800 flights canceled for Thursday with the top cancellations coming out of Atlanta International, Philadelphia International and Ronald Reagan National, according to FlightStats.

6:50 p.m. EST Wednesday: Watch the latest edition of AccuWeather LIVE for our most recent storm updates:

6:25 p.m. EST Wednesday: South of Roanoke, Va., in Franklin County, a trained spotter reports 4.0 inches of snow.

5:30 p.m. EST Wednesday: Traffic is at a standstill near Raleigh, N.C., along I-540 and Honeycutt Road, as commuters try to make it home in the snow:

4:45 p.m. EST Wednesday: Nationwide cancelations reach nearly 4,000, according to FlightStats. More than 2,000 flights for Thursday have already been cancelled.

4:20 p.m. EST Wednesday: Power outages continue to climb in the South with 95,791 for SC&G, 114,474 for Duke Energy and 129,325 for Georgia Power.

3:55 p.m. EST Wednesday: A 911 call center in Clinton, N.C., reported 4.5 inches of snow in the area.

2:50 p.m. EST Wednesday: An NWS employee reports more than half an inch of freezing rain in New Hanover County, N.C. This photo was snapped in Wilmington:

(Photo/Duke Energy Storm)

2:30 p.m. EST Wednesday:The latest power outages list 96,750 for SC&G, 133,000 for Georgia Power and 98,600 for Duke Energy.

2:00 p.m. EST Wednesday: Roads are snow-covered and extremely treacherous around Charlotte, N.C. Travel is slowed in the slippery conditions along I-85 as shown in the Graham Street North Carolina Department of Transportation webcam below:

1:45 p.m. EST Wednesday: Rachel Joyce (Twitter user @r_joyce8) snapped this shot of trees downed due to the weight of snow and sleet in Aiken, S.C.:

1:10 p.m. EST Wednesday: The heaviest icing from the storm so far is stretching from Atlanta to Columbia and Florence, S.C., while heavy sleet and snow fall just to the north.

Here's a sampling of ice accumulations so far, according to NWS spotters: 0.50-0.75 of an inch of ice near Millen, Ga.; 0.50 of an inch of ice near Ladson, S.C.

Irmo, S.C., located in Richland County, has received 4.00 inches of sleet from the storm, according to an NWS employee.

12:55 p.m. EST Wednesday: Power outages continue to rise. Between Georgia Power and SCE&G, outage totals are near 200,000.

12:20 p.m. EST Wednesday: FlightStats reports that flight cancellations have surpassed 3,500. Excessive delays listed at Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh airports.

11:50 a.m. EST Wednesday: Watch the latest edition of AccuWeather LIVE for our most recent storm updates:

11:35 a.m. EST Wednesday: Traffic is slowed in the Charlotte area as snow begins falling:

(Image/NCDOT)

11:20 a.m. EST Wednesday: Amtrak is suspending services from New York City through the Carolinas on south.

11:00 a.m. EST Wednesday: The number of power outages continues to climb as the worst of the icing hits today. Georgia Power is reporting more than 106,300 outages and SCE&G is reporting more than 38,800 outages.

10:35 a.m. EST Wednesday: NWS office in Lexington County, S.C., reports an inch of sleet. This Instagram video taken at the Windward Point Yacht Club captures snow and sleet pouring down in neighboring Richland County:

10:25 a.m. EST Wednesday: Power outages reach 88,800 in Georgia, 32,900 in South Carolina.

10:15 a.m. EST Wednesday: Heavy ice accumulations build up in Myrtle Beach, S.C.:

(Instagram/mtrudeauphoto)

9:40 a.m. EST Wednesday: Accidents mount in Tennessee:

9:30 a.m. EST Wednesday: The latest power outages numbers include more than 65,500 for Georgia and 18,500 for South Carolina.

9:10 a.m. EST Wednesday: Power outages in South Carolina now affect more than 17,000.

8:20 a.m. EST Wednesday: NWS employee in Lexington County, S.C., reports half an inch of ice buildup on trees.

8:00 a.m. EST Wednesday: See the latest storm updates in the newest edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

7:30 a.m. EST Wednesday: Georgia power outages now top 20,000, with more than 3,000 in South Carolina.

7:10 a.m. EST Wednesday: More than 10,000 Georgia Power customers without electricity this morning.

6:40 a.m. EST Wednesday: Road crews continue maintenance efforts in Georgia; multiple accidents listed around the Atlanta area, including portions of I-85 and I-285.

6:10 a.m. EST Wednesday: Mississippi Department of Transportation listing statewide road advisories for the icy conditions building up on roadways and bridges:

5:50 a.m. EST Wednesday: Thousands are without electricity to start the day in Georgia, according to Georgia Power. That number is likely to rise as more customers wake this morning and report any outages they may be experiencing.

5:20 a.m. EST Wednesday: FlightStats reports more than 2,000 cancelled flights out of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to start the day.

4:10 a.m. EST Wednesday: Law enforcement reports that rain was beginning to freeze on highways around Saint Stephen, S.C., and has led to minor traffic accidents in the area.

3:42 a.m. EST Wednesday: Sleet and freezing rain continue to create travel difficulties across northern Louisiana.

The above image is a traffic camera showing I-20 in Monroe, La.

2:02 a.m. EST Wednesday: Emergency Managers in Georgia are reporting freezing rain all across Cherokee County, just north of Atlanta. Roads are starting to become glazed over.

12:23 a.m. EST Wednesday: Amtrak has announced that they will suspend some services from New York and south of Washington, D.C., on Wednesday due to winter weather. Some services will also be suspended in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas.

All reports listed below are from Tuesday.

11:48 p.m. EST Tuesday: More than 6,600 Entergy customers are without power in Louisiana, the utility reports.

10:38 p.m. EST Tuesday: Law enforcement reports 1 inch of snow and sleet accumulation in Eudora, Ark., most of which consisting of sleet.

9:40 p.m. EST Tuesday: At least five people, including four in northern Texas, died in weather-related traffic crashes, The Associated Press reported. One of those deaths occurred at a previous crash scene when Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighter William "Scott" Tanksley was struck by a vehicle Monday night and fell 50 feet off a bridge at I-20 and Spur 408 in southwest Dallas, KDFW-TV, Fox 4 in Dallas, reported.

9:05 p.m. EST Tuesday: More than 1,600 flights were canceled, and another 3,700 were delayed due to the winter storm, according to FlightStats.

8:50 p.m. EST Tuesday: 937 Southwestern Electric Power Co. customers, 575 Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana customers and 493 Cleco Power customers were without power in Louisiana, the utilities reported.

8:30 p.m. EST Tuesday: 9,200 Duke Energy Progress customers in North and South Carolina were without power, the utility said.

8:25 p.m. EST Tuesday: A quarter-inch of freezing rain fell at Bradley, Ark., emergency manager reported.

7:55 p.m. EST Tuesday: Hurricane Hunters have flown a mission surveying the atmosphere in the Gulf of Mexico to get more data on the developing winter storm.

7:40 p.m. EST Tuesday: AccuWeather meteorologists are concerned that icing in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi will cause some roads to be nearly impassable and may also lead to some power outages.

7:00 p.m. EST Tuesday: Tune into the latest edition of "AccuWeather LIVE" for the most current storm information.

6:10 p.m. EST Tuesday: About 1,200 Entergy Arkansas customers were without power, the utility reported.

5:45 p.m. EST Tuesday: Nine inches of snow reported at Pamlico County, N.C.

5:35 p.m. EST Tuesday: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley declares a state of emergency. The declaration includes calling up the Maryland National Guard as needed.

5:15 p.m. EST Tuesday: About 5,725 North and South Carolina electric customers are without service, Duke Energy Progress reported.

4:45 p.m. EST Tuesday: An NWS spotter reported, 0.20 of an inch of freezing rain at Green Sea, S.C.

4:20 p.m. EST Tuesday: At Swan Quarter, N.C., 5.5 inches of snow has fallen, an emergency manager reported.

3:45 p.m. EST Tuesday: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.

"Now is the time for Virginia to get ready for this storm," McAuliffe said in a news release. "This state of emergency declaration will empower the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard and our electric and cable utilities to prepare for a storm that is predicted to create power outages and significant travel challenges across the Commonwealth over the next few days."

3:40 p.m. EST Tuesday: At Pinehurst, N.C., 2.5 inches of snow has fallen, the Pinehurst Fire Department reported. Radar:

3:35 p.m. EST Tuesday: About 3,500 Duke Energy customers in North Carolina and another 360 Duke Energy Progress customers in South Carolina were without service, the utilities reported.

3:20 p.m. EST Tuesday: A traffic camera shows snow along I-85 South in South Carolina:

2:50 p.m. EST Tuesday: In Craven County, N.C., snow totals have reached 6 inches, according to an NWS observer. Observers estimate snowfall rates at over an inch an hour.

1:45 p.m. EST Tuesday: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal expands the state of emergency to include 43 more counties across the state. Georgia now has 88 counties under states of emergency.

1:30 p.m. EST Tuesday: Snow continues to fall heavily in Minnesott Beach, N.C.; 2.5 inches have accumulated so far, according to an NWS employee.

12:30 p.m. EST Tuesday: A 911 call center in Wadesboro, N.C., reports 1 to 2 inches of sleet accumulation in Anson County.

12:15 p.m. EST Tuesday: "One batch of snow and ice was affecting areas from northeastern Georgia to upstate South Carolina and part of North Carolina Tuesday midday," AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. "However, the main storm will not hit many of these areas and others until Wednesday."

11:45 a.m. EST Tuesday: Watch the latest storm updates in the noon edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

11:25 a.m. EST Tuesday: The Alabama Department of Transportation lists several road advisories as a result of icy conditions, including all U.S. and State Routes in Cullman County, I-759 in Etowah County and I-59 in DeKalb County.

11:15 a.m. EST Tuesday: Heavy snow continues to accumulate across Simpsonville, S.C.:

(Instagram/eeoberle)

10:55 a.m. EST Tuesday: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory held a press conference to discuss maintenance efforts as storm progresses, saying they will treat and retreat roads as necessary but will keep the safety of workers in mind. His office is urging people to stay off roads:

10:45 a.m. EST Tuesday: An NWS-trained spotter reports 1.5 inches of snow so far for New Bern, N.C. Radar:

10:30 a.m. EST Tuesday: Atlanta Public Schools announce closures for Tuesday and Wednesday. The Atlanta Zoo has also closed.

10:05 a.m. EST Tuesday: Multiple accidents reported in the greater Atlanta area by Georgia 511. Accidents causing all lanes to be blocked at mile marker 27 on I-85 northbound, partial road block on I-20 west by Post Road and all lanes to be blocked on I-75 south by state route 19, among others.

9:55 a.m. EST Tuesday: FlightStats lists excessive delays for Dallas/Fort Worth International and Charlotte Douglas International. Significant delays listed for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and moderate delays at Birmingham.

9:40 a.m. EST Tuesday: Up to 4 inches of snow have been reported so far in Fort Payne, Ala., by a local emergency manager.

9:20 a.m. EST Tuesday: Snow continues to fall in Greenville, S.C.:

8:50 a.m. EST Tuesday: An NWS employee in Simpsonville, S.C., reported 1.7 inches of snow accumulation so far.

8:00 a.m. EST Tuesday: See the latest updates in the morning edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

6:40 a.m. EST Tuesday: The Mississippi Department of Transportation is warning residents of the winter weather conditions as freezing rain builds up on bridges and roadways:

6:25 a.m. EST Tuesday: More than 500 flights have been canceled into or out of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to FlightStats.

6:10 a.m. EST Tuesday: Law enforcement in Eupora, Miss., report 0.1 of an inch of freezing rain buildup, especially on local bridges.

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