REPORTS: Spring Blizzard Cuts Power to Thousands in New England

By Kristen Rodman, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
March 27, 2014; 9:00 PM ET
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Update at 6:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday:

This blog is no longer live, as the severe threat has ended across New England. Detailed reports of the event can be found below.


Snow associated with an incredibly powerful storm off the Eastern Seaboard continued across far eastern New England and parts of Atlantic Canada through today and into the early evening.

Areas from Cape Cod, Mass. to Portland, Maine, including, Boston and Portsmouth, N.H., were among the regions that experienced blizzard conditions.

More than 7,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, according to NSTAR.

Blizzard conditions impacted Cape Cod, Down East Maine and parts of Nova Scotia.

As the storm travels north, strong winds will accompany the storm, causing severe drifting of snow and likely creating limited visibility and treacherous travel conditions on the roadways.

Downed power lines and trees are also likely, as strong wind gusts will accompany the storm.

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Upon departing the United States, the heaviest snow of the storm will move into the Maritimes and western Newfoundland accompanied by hurricane-force winds.


UPDATES: (All times are listed in EDT)

6:01 p.m. EDT Wednesday: High winds will remain in Boston throughout the evening, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards. Winds of 35-45 mph hit the city late this afternoon as a structure fire raged, injuring at least 18 people including firefighters, according to the Boston Globe.

4:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday: National flight delays surpass 2,500, with an additional 415 in cancellations, according to FlightStats.

4:03 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Wind gusts of 102 mph (165 km/hr) reported at Grand Étang, Nova Scotia due to the blizzard impacting areas in New England and Canada.

3:27 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Due to wind, ground delays remain in effect for departure traffic to LaGuardia, Teterboro, Boston Gen. Edward Lawrence Logan, Newark and Philadelphia International airports, according to the FAA

2:25 p.m. EDT Wednesday NSTAR power outages across Massachusetts surpass 7,000.

2:15 p.m. EDT Wednesday:

1:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday: National flight delays surpass 1,500 with the top delays out of and into Boston Logan International and Newark Liberty International airports, according to FlightStats.

12:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday: "The damaging wind threat will fade away from Cape Cod through this evening, with the worst winds hitting Nova Scotia into tonight," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andy Mussoline. "Gusty, cold winds will persist across New England through tonight. Snow will taper off across southeastern Massachusetts through this evening, while snow will slowly taper off across Maine later tonight. The blizzard will continue to rage across Atlantic Canada through tonight."

12:15 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Flight delays mount across the Northeast, according to FlightStats:

11:55 a.m. EDT Wednesday: For the latest updates on the snowstorm, watch the noon edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

11:10 a.m. EDT Wednesday:In Nantucket, Mass., winds have now gusted up to 82 mph.

10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday:

10:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Nearly 6,000 NSTAR customers are without power in Massachusetts, with the majority of the outages in the towns of Dennis and Orleans.

10:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Flight delays at La Guardia airport, N.Y., due to wind, according to the FAA.

9:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday: On satellite, the storm off the New England coast resembles a hurricane:

9:10 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Official wind gusts up to 69 mph on Nantucket and up to 60 mph in Hyannis, Mass.

8:32 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Coastal flooding in Nantucket, Mass., according to an NWS spotter.

8:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday: "The blizzard conditions will be from Cape Cod to far eastern Maine, it will not get back to Boston and Portsmouth," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker said.

7:54 a.m. EDT Wednesday: For the latest updates on the storm, watch this morning's edition of AccuWeather LIVE:

7:12 a.m. EDT Wednesday:

6:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Heavy, wind-whipped snow around Nantucket has led to slowed traffic, including on I-90.

6:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is reporting bus delays to start the day.

5:35 a.m. EDT Wednesday:

5:16 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Intense snow now across much of Cape Cod/Islands. Winds gusting 40-50mph.

3:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The Providence Journal reports a couple hundred residents without power.

1:25 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Snow now advancing on far eastern Massachusetts. Track it on radar here.

10:55 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Light snow now falling in parts of the NYC metro area.

9:47 p.m. EDT Tuesday: National flight delays climb above 4,200, and another 444 have been canceled, according to FlightStats.

9:32 p.m. EDT Tuesday: In Wilcomico County, Md., 3.8 inches of snow fell near Northwood, Md., according to an NWS observer.

9:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Five inches of snow fell four miles west-southwest of Buffalo Ridge, Va., an NWS spotter reported.

8:07 p.m. EDT Tuesday: The greatest snowfall will occur across the Delmarva Peninsula and southern New Jersey; snowfall rates of up to 1 inch per hour through 10 p.m. are possible, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock.

7:51 p.m. EDT Tuesday: A daily record maximum snowfall of 1.7 inches was set at Washington, D.C. today. This breaks the old record of 1.5 inches set in 1906, according to an NWS observation.

6:55 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Watch the latest edition of AccuWeather LIVE, discussing updates on the snowstorm in the East

6:17 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Due to an accident along I-83 SB, traffic remains severe, reports Baltimore City Department of Transportation.

5:55 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Eight inches of snow reported near Bakersville, Mitchell County, N.C. with four and a half inches within the past 9 hours, reports CoCoRaHS.

5:12 p.m EDT Tuesday: In Lynchburg and Elamsville, Va. snowfall totals more than five inches, with six inches reported in Altavista, Va.

4:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

3:24 p.m. EDT Tuesday: There are locally blinding snow squalls reaching from Michigan to eastern Tennessee this afternoon. They pose a danger for those traveling at highway speeds. A few can be heavy enough to quickly coat roads. People should be on the lookout for icy spots this evening as the sun sets and wet areas freeze up.

2:56 p.m. EDT Tuesday: National flight delays climb above 2,000 with another 276 flights canceled, according to FlightStats.

2:27 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Snow totaling 4.5 inches has been reported near Flat Springs, Avery County, N.C., according to an NWS spotter.

1:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday: The snow has now moved into Philadelphia, Pa.:

1:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

12:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Sleet falls near Columbus, N.C., reports a National Weather Service employee.

11:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday:

11:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday: National flight delays top 1,125 with the most delays out of and into Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan National airports, according to FlightStats..

11:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Flight delays at Ronald Reagan National airport due to low visibility, reports FAA.

10:20 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Snow begins to accumulate in Virginia. A trained spotter reports two inches of snow near Blacksburg, Va.

8:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday:

Snow falls on commuters at the Burke Center, Va., train station. (Photo/Jeffrey W. Comer)

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