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    Nor'easter's Greatest Hits: 100-mph winds, 39" snow, 2.5 million without power

    By Jesse Ferrell, AccuWeather meteorologist
    3/03/2018, 12:32:34 PM

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    The March Nor'easter (called #windmageddon on Twitter) knocked out power to over 2.5 million people Friday, over 2 million of whom are still without power Saturday morning. This satellite image shows that the storm is almost the size of the United States as it exits:

    Nor'easter 3/3

    The Nor'easter also brought winds between 90 and 102 mph and over 39 inches of snow to one location in New York State. Over 700 reports of wind damage were received by the NWS.

    Here's some of the insanity in selected GREarth weather animations:

    These maps show the highest wind gusts and snowfall amounts (click any map to enlarge):

    Final Wind Gusts Nor'easter 3/2

    Final Nor'easter Wind Gusts 3/2 (Zoom)

    Mass. Wind Gusts Nor'easter 3/2


    • Grandfather Mountain, NC: 102 mph
    • Mt. Washington, NH: 98 mph
    • Barnstable, MA: 93 mph
    • Little Compton, RI: 83 mph
    • Chesapeake Light Tower, VA: 79 mph
    • Bayville, NY: 78 mph
    • Yellow Spring, WV: 76 mph
    • Chickaree, PA: 74 mph
    • Ballenger Creek, MD: 71 mph
    • Cape May, NJ: 71 mph


    • Barnstable, MA: 93 mph
    • East Falmouth: 92 mph
    • Wellfleet: 91 mph
    • Nantucket, MA: 90 mph
    • Oak Bluffs, MA: 88 mph
    • Woods Hole, MA: 88 mph

    Over 39 inches of snow fell at one point in New York state, inside a large area of more than two feet. The major cities mostly escaped the storm, although Philadelphia had a few inches.

    Nor'easter Snowfall 3/2

    Nor'easter Snowfall 3/2 Final

    Below are specific local storm reports issued to the NWS:

    Nor'easter 3/2 Snow Reports: Final

    Nor'easter Snow Reports 3/2 (Final, Inset)

    Nor'easter Snowfall (NWS Albany) 3/2

    Nor'easter Snow Reports (Final, Inset)


    Cobleskill, NY: 39.3"
    Coolbaugh, PA: 22.5"
    Woodford, VT: 14"
    High Point, NJ: 13.5"
    Highland Lakes, NJ: 13.2"
    Plainfield, MA: 12"
    Sharon, CT: 6"
    Alstead & Cheshire, NH: 4"


    COBLESKILL: 39.3
    JEFFERSON: 34.5
    GILBOA: 30.0
    SCHOHARIE: 30.0
    AMSTERDAM: 29.8
    DUANESBURG: 26.0
    GLEN: 26.0
    WEST KILL: 26.0
    WINDHAM: 26.0
    KNOX: 24.5
    HOBART: 24.0
    WYOMING: 24.0

    The map below shows 757 reports of wind damage from North Carolina to Maine, which were filed with the National Weather Service. At least 100 additional reports of wind damage were received by AccuWeather.

    Nor'easter 3/2 Wind Damage

    Boston received its third-highest storm surge in the last 100 years. Nantucket peaked at over four feet above normal tides.

    Nantucket High Tide 3/2

    You can see amazing photos and videos of the damage from the storm in our recap story .

    tree in fairfax VA 3/2/2018

    It was amazing to see how much was going on inside the storm system, when viewed from the 1-minute resolution GOES-16 visible satellite:

    This water vapor image shows the storm late Friday night:

    Nor'easter 3/2 PM Satellite

    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com


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    Jesse Ferrell