Northeast: Accidents, Cut Power from Snow, Freeze, Wind

January 13, 2012; 5:01 PM ET
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Photo of snow coming down hard in Buffalo, N.Y., on Friday morning, Jan. 13, 2012, was submitted by Twitter user Thomas961.

Buffalo lies in the heart of white-out conditions with heavily falling snow and high winds contributing to a visibility of a quarter of a mile.

The heavy snow has pummeled many communities across northeastern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania and western and central portions of New York state on the backside of the powerful storm that brought near-blizzard conditions to Chicago on Thursday. Especially with little ice on the Great Lakes, cold winds blowing across the water of the lakes will help to enhance snow in typical snowbelts downwind of the lakes.

Snowfall rates are as high as 2-3 inches in western New York. With snowfall rates this high, thunder and lightning may accompany the snow.

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Snow will continue spread across the remainder of the interior Northeast and northern New England, where snow amounts could top a foot in a few locations.

Snow Amounts so far across New York State:

-Oswego: 10.0 inches

-4 miles SSE Frewsburg: 4.8 inches

-Sherman: 4.5 inches

-3 ESE Aurora: 4.5 inches

-Buffalo: 6.3 inches

Dozens of accidents have already resulted the poor visibility and dangerous roadway conditions across western New York alone. Motorists should prepare for driving through near-blizzard conditions at times if travel is necessary.

This map from the New York State Thruway Authority shows numerous accidents across the New York Thruway, I-90, early Friday.

Flash Freeze in the Northeast

AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures plummeted 30-40 degrees from midnight to 8 a.m. ET across the interior Northeast behind the arctic front.

Motorists are urged to use caution, since the rapid freeze has left roads extremely slick and dangerous, including portions of I-76, I-80, I-81 and I-99. Untreated secondary roads are especially treacherous.

Temperatures will continue to drop from the I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic through southeastern New England as the front continues to progress across the region.

"Temperatures will plummet below freezing, dropping over 10-20 degrees in just a few hours. This will lead to a flash freeze, causing treacherous travel," according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dan DePodwin. Any remaining wet spots on roadways will freeze quickly, allowing dangerous patches of black ice to form.

Winds of 40-60 mph will make it feel much colder than actual temperatures. AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will be in the teens and 20s at times along the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to Boston with the wind factored in.

Travel-Disrupting, Power-Cutting Winds in the Northeast

High winds of 40-60 mph will continue to blast the Northeast through tonight, behind the plowing arctic front. Winds of this magnitude are capable of downing trees and power lines, cutting power.

In Brooklyn, New York, a "Mega Millions" billboard was ripped down due to high winds.

Image posted to our Facebook page.

Airline passengers should also prepare for flight delays. Flights at both La Guardia and Newark International Airports are being delayed by the high winds, which have gusted to 51 mph in Newark.

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