Storm Dumps Heavy Snow, Delays Travel in the Northeast

By Michael Doll, Meteorologist
December 18, 2013; 8:17 PM ET
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A winter storm dropped as much as 6-9 inches of snow across parts of the Northeast on Tuesday into Tuesday night, causing flight cancellations and slow travel on the highways.

According to, more than 600 flights were cancelled on Tuesday across the Northeast, most of them at Newark, LaGuardia and Logan International in Boston. Hundreds more were delayed as a result of the snowstorm.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation implemented a 40-mph speed limit on I-90 from the New York state line to Boston during the evening.

Boston set a daily snowfall record on Tuesday with 6.4 inches, breaking the record of 3.8 inches set in 1970.

Snowfall Totals from Tuesday's Storm

City, State
Snowfall Amount
Portland, Maine
9.0 inches
Groton, Mass.
8.0 inches
Bedford, Mass.
7.6 inches
New Ipswich, N.H.
7.4 inches
Yarmouth, Maine.
7.0 inches
Hartford, Conn.
4.8 inches
Albany, N.Y.
3.5 inches

The winter is off to a snowy start across the Northeast, a stark contrast to the beginning of winter last year. In fact, Philadelphia has already exceeded their snowfall from the 2012-2013 winter season.

Over the first 17 days of December 2013, 11.2 inches of snow has piled up, compared to 8.3 inches for the entire season last year.

State employees walk through the snow as they get ready to drive home as snow falls Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Concord, N.H. Up to 6-inches of snow is expected in New England. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Albany, N.Y., has received 20.9 inches of snow through Tuesday, compared to just under 1 inch through the same date in 2012.

This storm initially brought light snow accumulations to parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes on Monday and Monday night. The storm intensified on Tuesday afternoon south of Long Island and moved into New England.

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Snowfall rates exceeded 1 inch in an hour within the heaviest snow bands.

The storm will bring heavy snowfall to the Maritime Provinces of Canada on Wednesday, with as much as 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) in New Brunswick.

Quieter weather is in the offing for the Northeast on Wednesday with some snow showers and flurries across parts of New York and Pennsylvania.

A significant warmup is expected this weekend across the region and precipitation will fall in the form of rain for most areas.

This could be problematic, however, as a combination of melting snow and rain could cause some flooding.

A storm riding the northern and western edge of the warmth will cause travel problems.

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