Major Winter Storm Lashes the Northeast

December 27, 2012; 3:06 AM ET
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Play video It has been an active end to December thanks to a massive winter storm.

After dumping record snow across the southern Plains and Ohio Valley, a major winter storm moved on to impact the Northeast on Wednesday.

Dangerous driving conditions resulted the heavy snow as many traveled home from the holidays. Meanwhile, high winds and heavy rain caused delays at the major Northeastern airports.

For the latest on the winter storm, now impacting New England, click here.

"Don't travel unless absolutely necessary! #paturnpike is HORRIBLE at Donegal. #staysafe #pawx" tweeted @RosieMesich on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.

Reports on Wednesday:
10:57 p.m. EST: Strong winds have brought wires down on Morton Street in Newark, NJ.

10:33 p.m. EST: 12" of snow at Marienville, PA measured at 9:21 PM. Still snowing.

10:23 p.m. EST: Wind gust to 66 mph in Tuckerton Shores, NJ. This is just north of Atlantic City.

8:53 p.m. EST: Snow totals: 5.2 inches in Riverview, Mich.; 6.5 inches near Ann Arbor; 8.5 inches in Clarion, Pa.

7:47 p.m. EST: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) no longer reporting delays due to weather. Delays ongoing at LGA, JFK, PHL and EWR.

7:10 p.m. EST: Snow totals: 7.5 inches in Indianapolis; 9.5 inches in Lima, Ohio; 8 inches in Swanton, Md.

6:15 p.m. EST: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport now experiencing delays due to weather. Delays ongoing at LGA, JFK, PHL and EWR.

5:55 p.m. EST: Snow totals: 10 inches of snow recorded in Coldwater, Ohio; 3 inches in Pleasant Lake, Ind.; 7.5 inches in Limestone, Pa.

4:26 p.m. EST: ESPN reports that the NBA game between the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers, scheduled to be played in Indianapolis, has been postponed due to the weather. More than seven inches of snow has buried Indianapolis and gusty winds will continue to blow and drift the snow around through tonight.

4:10 p.m. EST: Weather-related flight delays in excess of three hours reported at the Philadelphia International Airport.

4:00 p.m. EST: Latest snowfall totals: 9.5 inches at Bellefontaine, Ohio, 9.0 inches at Frostburg, Md., and 7.5 inches at Grange, Pa.

3:39 p.m. EST: Numerous fender benders have occurred on major roadways surrounding Reading, Pa.

3:35 p.m. EST: Snow flurries were sighted at the National Weather Service Office in Peachtree City (southwest of Atlanta, Ga.). Twitter user @BradNitzWSB also reported flurries in midtown Atlanta.

3:17 p.m. EST: Winds gusted to 36 mph at Wildwood, N.J., and 32 mph at Atlantic City, N.J. Winds will continue to increase through the early evening hours with gusts to around 50 mph at times. Tree damage and coastal flooding are concerns. These strong winds will continue to press northward along the Northeast coast through tonight.

3:15 p.m. EST: Dayton, Ohio, was reported 6.9 inches of snow.

3:07 p.m. EST: Heavy snow has dropped visibility down to zero in Bradford, Pa., and Olean, N.Y.

2:44 p.m. EST: Latest snowfall totals: 5.0 inches at Punxsutawney, Pa., 4.0 inches just north of Fort Wayne, Ind., with drifts up to 8 inches.

2:40 p.m. EST: @JasonMeyersWX reports that Fort Wayne, Ind., police are responding to high volumes of crashes due to the weather.

2:21 p.m. EST: Snowflakes are reported at New York City's Central Park.

2:05 p.m. EST: Snow pressed northward to Newark, N.J., and is closing in on New York City. Once snow starts falling in the city, it will continue for a few hours, mixing with sleet before changing to heavy and potentially flooding rain for this evening.

1:55 p.m. EST: The heaviest snow associated with this winter storm is falling from northern Ohio to central Pennsylvania with visibility down to a quarter of a mile or less in many locations.

1:45 p.m. EST: Latest snowfall totals: 9.0 inches at Winslow, Ind., 8.5 inches at New Madrid, Mo., 6.0 inches (mixed with sleet) at Natrona Heights, Pa., and 3.5 inches at Mercer, Pa.

1:26 p.m. EST: Toledo News Now reports that a crash involving a pickup truck and a semi-truck has forced officials to close Interstate 75 northbound at Ottawa River in northwestern Ohio.

1:20 p.m. EST: New snow total: 14.0 inches at Goreville, Ill.

1:07 p.m. EST: Weather-related flight delays in excess of an hour reported at the hubs in Philadelphia, New York City and Newark. Philadelphia continues to see snow pellets. New York City and Newark are currently dry, but that will change as the afternoon progresses.

12:56 p.m. EST: Latest snowfall totals in Maryland: 6.0 inches in Frostburg, 4.0 inches near Hancock and 3.5 inches in Walkersville.

12:40 p.m. EST: Snow pellets have started to fly in Philadelphia. Watch for roads to turn slick during the next few hours before a changeover to heavy rain occurs.

12:39 p.m. EST: received a report of thundersnow in Johnstown, Pa.

12:35 p.m. EST: @KimNewmanWTOL twitter report, "Ohio Turnpike officials report that the Turnpike 'is a mess.' Multiple non-injury crashes reported just in the last ten minutes."

12:20 p.m. EST: While snow has changed over to rain in Washington, D.C., the northern extent of the snow is advancing closer to Philadelphia.

12:08 p.m. EST: Latest snowfall totals: 13.0 inches at Mount Carmel, Ill., 7.2 inches at Indianapolis, Ind., and 2.5 inches at Fort Wayne, Ind.

11:44 a.m. EST: The heaviest snow continues to fall from Indiana to central and western Pennsylvania, as well as across western Maryland and the panhandle of West Virginia.

11:22 a.m. EST: Latest snowfall total--14.5 inches at a location four miles south of Marion, Ill.

11:20 a.m. EST: Muncie, Ind., has reported a total of 6 inches of snow and more snow is falling. The snow and wind gusts past 30 mph have dropped visibility to a quarter of a mile.

11:10 a.m. EST: The southwestern-most extent of the winter storm has brought an inch of snow down to Olive Branch, Miss., located in the far northern part of the state, southeast of Memphis.

11:09 a.m. EST: Northeast of Pittsburgh, two inches of snow has been measured in Penn Hills, Pa. A thin glaze of ice is underneath the snow, creating added hazards for those driving or walking.

11:04 a.m. EST: Snow has started in Harrisburg and State College, Pa. Heavy snow is falling in Johnstown, Pa., reducing visibility to a quarter of a mile.

10:57 a.m. EST: An accident on snowy southbound I-65, near the 179 mile marker in Indiana (around Lafayette), has forced officials to close a section of the interstate. A picture of the crash can be seen here.

10:45 a.m. EST: Latest snow totals: 11.5 inches at Bloomington, Ind., and 9.0 inches at Greenwood, Ind.

10:36 a.m. EST: Slick roads being reported around Pittsburgh, Pa. Snow has now dropped visibility to a half of a mile.

10:31 a.m. EST: One-quarter of an inch of freezing rain has glazed Washington, Pa., which is located southwest of Pittsburgh.

10:15 a.m. EST: Highest snow total so far from the storm: 18.3 inches at Albion, Ill.

10:07 a.m. EST: Indianapolis, Ind., has picked up a total of 7.0 inches of snow, making this snowstorm the city's heaviest since late January 2009. Three of those inches fell in only one hour.

10:06 a.m. EST: meteorologists just held a special map discussion and remain concerned for slick and slippery roads in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston before a wintry mix changes to rain.

9:40 a.m. EST: Thundersnow being reported near Miamisburg and Dayton, Ohio.

9:13 a.m. EST: Web cameras around Washington, D.C., showing a coating of snow in most areas. Roads are even snow-covered in Arlington, Va.

9:07 a.m. EST: The combination of heavy snow and winds gusting to 39 mph has dropped visibility down to one-eighth of a mile in Indianapolis, Ind.

8:00 a.m. EST: A total of 4 inches of snow has already been reported in Indianapolis, Ind.

7:30 a.m. EST: Heavy snow is falling across parts of Indiana into Ohio. Snow rates of up to 1 inch per hour are occurring in these areas. Snow is tapering off across southern Illinois and has ended in Arkansas where up to a foot has fallen.


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