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    Recapping Saturday's Travel-Snarling Snowstorm in the Northeast

    By , Meteorologist
    December 31, 2012; 3:40 AM ET
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    Play video Details on the snowstorm that spread from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast.

    A quick-hitting, but intense snowfall slammed the Northeast on Saturday. The storm came right on the heels of a post-Christmas storm, which dumped heavy snow across the region.

    Saturday's snow caused slow and treacherous travel on the ground, while also resulting in flight delays and cancellations for airline passengers.

    Portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the New York Thruway were shut down temporarily due to hazardous travel and resultant accidents.

    Photos: Snowstorm Hammers the Northeast

    In New Hampshire, a chain reaction pileup involving 20 vehicles on Interstate 93 left five people injured, according to the Associated Press.

    Flightstats.com reports that more than 1,600 flights were delayed and more than 350 flights were canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport, La Guardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Logan International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

    Besides interrupting travel, the storm also set a few snowfall records. Bridgeport, Conn., received 4.8 inches of snow on Saturday, breaking old record of 3.1 inches set in 1959.

    Pittsburgh, Pa., got 4.4 inches of snow on Saturday, shattering the old record of 2.1 inches set in 1935.

    Even Washington, D.C., which was only received light snow at the onset of the storm before changing to rain, set a new record for Saturday. A total of 0.9 of an inch of snow broke the old record of 0.3 of an inch set in 1993.

    New England was hit the hardest by heavy snow over the weekend, including portions of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Nearly two feet of snow piled up over some communities in northeastern Maine.

    The following is a list of accumulated snowfall as of 9:00 a.m. EST Monday, Dec. :

    New England:

    -East Machias, Maine: 20.0 inches

    -Guoldsboro, Maine: 20.0 inches

    -Bass Harbor, Maine: 19.0 inches

    -Harrington, Maine: 18.0 inches

    -2 miles west of Bangor, Maine: 5.2

    -Burrillville, R.I.: 13.0 inches

    -Milford, Mass.: 12.7 inches

    -Pomfret, Conn.: 11.5 inches

    -Brooklyn, Conn: 11.5 inches

    -Glastonbury, Conn.: 10.5 inches

    -Windsor, Conn.: 9.0 inches

    -Farmington, Conn.: 8.5 inches

    -Staffordville, Conn.:10.5 inches

    -Natick, Mass.: 9.5 inches

    -Northbridge, Mass.: 11.0 inches

    -Laconia, N.H.: 11.5 inches

    -Nashua, N.H.: 7.5 inches

    -Hudson, N.H.: 6.6 inches

    -Foster, R.I.: 11.3 inches

    -West Glocester, R.I: 12.2 inches

    -Providence, R.I.: 8.0 inches

    -Framingham, Mass.: 9.2 inches

    -Coventry, Conn.: 11.0 inches

    -Attleboro, Mass.: 9.8 inches


    -Punxsutawney, Pa.: 7.0 inches

    -Altoona, Pa.: 5.3 inches

    -Stormstown, Pa.: 5.1 inches

    -State College, Pa.: 4.0 inches

    -Avis, Pa.: 6.0 inches

    -Kutztown, Pa.: 5.2 inches

    -Allentown, Pa.: 3.8 inches

    -Bethlehem, Pa.: 4.0 inches

    -Philadelphia, Pa.: Trace

    New Jersey:

    -Flemington, N.J.: 4.8 inches

    -Wantage, N.J.: 4.5 inches

    -Trenton, N.J.: 0.8 inches

    New York:

    -Albany, N.Y.: 4.8 inches

    -Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: 5.5 inches

    -Hunter, N.Y.: 5.5 inches

    -Amsterdam, N.Y.: 6.8 inches

    -Malta, N.Y.: 7.0 inches

    In addition to the heavy snowfall, this storm also produced intense winds, mostly across New England as it rapidly intensified. Winds were gusting to nearly 60 mph just off the coast of Nantucket Saturday night.

    As the storm pushed further north along the New England coastline, massive waves were even recorded by buoys, with heights reaching 15-20 feet by Sunday morning.

    This storm departed the Northeast early Sunday. Cold and windy weather were left behind on Sunday morning, stirring some areas of blowing snow across the Northeast.

    Content contributed by Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani. Photo thumbnail courtesy of Twitter user Mike Less.

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