Live Blog: Blizzard Comes to An End
By By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
February 11, 2013, 4:23:25 AM EST
Update: With the blizzard now over, check this news story for list of snow totals. Hamden, Conn., sits at the top of the blizzard's snowfall totals list with 40.0 inches.
One of the great winter storms in New England history clobbered much of the region Friday night and continues into Saturday. Some locations across western Connecticut saw upwards of 30 inches of snowfall, but most locations saw between 18-24 inches.
For tallies on the Blizzard of 2013 consult the AccuWeather.com story: Stats, Snow Totals from the New England Blizzard.
Tremendous snowfall is not all this storm brought with it. Winds gusted above hurricane force (74 mph) in a number of locations. Westport, Conn gusted to 82 mph, and Boston, Mass. gusted to an incredible 76 mph. These winds have brought down scores of trees and power lines, and as a result, over 600,000 people are without electricity as AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures dip toward zero degrees.
Dangerous battering waves and storm surge flooding have brought water over sea walls and caused significant coastal flooding along the Massachusetts coastline Friday night.
According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, "With the next high tide cycle higher than Friday night and storm surge higher than Friday night, serious coastal flooding is a concern along the eastern Massachusetts coast Saturday midday as we discussed last week."
See the latest updates on the blizzard below.
The latest snowfall forecast map can be found on the AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center.
Significant travel delays are occurring throughout the Northeast on the roads, at the airports and on the rails. Travel is shut down across much of New England. These effects will last into much of the weekend.
2:00 p.m. EST Saturday: According to governor of Massachusetts, the travel ban will be lifted at 4:00 p.m. EST, but will remain in effect for Connecticut and Rhode Island.
1:49 p.m. EST Saturday: It continues to snow in Portland, Maine. Portland has reached 31.9 inches of snow, making it the greatest snowstorm on record for that area.
12:30 p.m. EST Saturday: Snow was about to diminish in Boston, Mass.
12:15 p.m. EST Saturday: Multiple locations in New Brunswick, Canada reporting heavy snow and strong winds including: Bathurst, Moncton, St. John and St. Leonard.
12:00 noon EST Saturday: Heavy snow continues in Portland, Maine with winds gusting to 48 mph and a temperature of 17 degrees.
11:24 a.m. EST Saturday: Trees were still coming down on Long Island, taking power lines with them: Siegfield Park, N.Y.
10:00 a.m. EST Saturday: Coastal flooding is occurring in the following Massachusetts communities: Scituate, Winthrop, Hull, Revere, Marblehead, Gloucester and Salisbury. There has been structural damage to at least one building in Salisbury. The seawall has been breached in Scituate.
9:09 a.m. EST Saturday: In portions of southeastern Massachusetts more than 90 percent of utility customers were without power.
9:00 a.m. EST Saturday: Additional snow totals: Worcester, Mass.: 28.0"; East Hartford, Conn.: 20.0"; Foxboro, Mass.: 20.5; Nashua, N.H.: 24.0"; Providence, R.I.: 19.5"; Bridgeport, Conn.: 30.0"; Upton, N.Y.: 30.3".
8:15 a.m. EST Saturday: At Bangor, Maine this hour: 9 degrees, 1/4 mile in heavy snow, wind gusting to 43 mph; AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperature minus 25 degrees. At Bar Harbor, Maine: 12 degrees, visibility zero in heavy snow.
8:00 a.m. EST Saturday: More incredible snow totals: Milford, Conn. 38"; New York Central Park 11.4; Boston, Mass. 21.8"; Portland, Maine; 29.3". This is a record snowfall for Portland. Old record was 27.1 inches set on Jan. 17-18, 1979.
6:15 a.m. EST Saturday: Incredible snow reports: Tolland, Conn. 35" (12" in 2 hours); Gorham, Maine: 31.4".
6:02 a.m. EST Saturday: The AP reports between 60-100 cars stuck on Long Island Expressway. Emergency crews working to move occupants to safety.
5:48 a.m. EST Saturday: Some more snowfall amounts: Torrington, Conn.: 24"; Manchester, Conn.: 28.5"; Worcester, Mass.: 22"; Smithfield, R.I.: 25".
5:06 a.m. EST Saturday: Intense wind gusts across southern New England overnight: Westport, Conn. 82 mph; Portland, Conn. 81 mph; Boston, Mass. 76 mph.
4:32 a.m. EST Saturday: Officially 34" of snow on the ground in Hamden, Conn.
4:12 a.m. EST Saturday: Reports of 30-40 vehicles stranded near the intersection of 347 & 112 in Port Jefferson Station, NY on Long Island.
3:41 a.m. EST Saturday: Blizzard has caused a shut down of the #NYC Metro-North Railroad in Hudson, Harlem and New Haven.
2:02 a.m. EST Saturday: Update: Total number of costumers without electricity in New England now over 600,000.
1:30 a.m. EST Saturday: All Roads in Connecticut are closed. This highway sign says it all.
1:05 a.m. EST Saturday: Snowfall Update: Hamden, CT: 26", New Haven, CT: 22"; Wolcott, CT: 24.5"
12:10 a.m. EST Saturday: Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway closed. Many stranded vehicles. Fire department unable to reach them.
12:03 a.m. EST Saturday: Blizzard Update: Islip, NY on Long Island has seen 9" of snow in the last 3 hours. Heavy snow band remains overhead.
11:31 p.m. EST Friday: Blizzard's center currently just east of New England. Pressure of 979 mb similar to a category 1 hurricane.
11:31 p.m. EST Friday: Blizzard's center currently just east of New England. Pressure of 979 mb similar to a category 1 hurricane.
11:14 p.m. EST Friday: A storm spotter in Staffordville, CT reported 6" of snow in 1 hour, with 16 inches on the ground a short while ago.
11:11 p.m. EST Friday: Noreaster Update: currently 35% of the state of Rhode Island is without power.
11:02 p.m. EST Friday: Updated snow totals: 18.5" in Manchester, CT; 16" in Berlin, CT; 18.5" in Coventry, CT; 15.7" in West Glocester, RI
10:20 p.m. EST Friday:A 75 mph wind gust was reported 2 miles west, southwest of Bedfored, Mass.
9:45 p.m. EST Friday: Latest snowfall totals: 10-13 inches New Haven, Ct. The Bronx, NY 4.5 inches. East Setauket on Long Island, 13 inches.
9:09 p.m. EST Friday: More than 38,000 homes are without power according to the National Grid website.
8:35 p.m. EST Friday: Winds are gusting to 63 mph in Warwick, RI and 64 mph in Milton, MA.
7:40 p.m. EST Friday: East Windsor, NY is reporting 6 inches of snow. Two inches of snow fell in an hour.
6:56 p.m. EST Friday: Three inches of snow an hour is falling in Islip, NY. Reports of thundersnow in the area also.
6:24 p.m. EST Friday: Thundersnow has been reported in New York and Connecticut.
5:40 p.m. EST Friday: Lightning is showing up south of Long Island. There will be thunder snow in the heaviest bands of snow across Long Island and southeastern New England within the next few hours. Radar
5:31 p.m. EST Friday: Water levels for Kings Point, NY are running 2 feet above normal.
5:15 p.m. EST Friday: As the storm ramps up, the intensity of snow will continue to increase across southeastern New England Friday evening into the overnight.
Snowfall amounts so far: 3.8 inches in Avon, Conn.; 3.5 inches in Farmington, Conn.; 4.0 inches in New Bedford, Mass.; 3.6 inches in Shrewsbury, Mass.; 3.5 inches in Foxboro, Mass.
High wind gusts in Massachusetts so far include: 59 mph in Nantucket and Fort Independence: 51 mph in Hingham; 51 mph 3 miles south-southwest of Milton; 49 mph in Scituate.
4:40 p.m. EST Friday: @breakingstorm tweeted: "New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares state of emergency due to storm - @NYGovCuomo Details
4:15 p.m. EST Friday: AccuWeather Facebook fan Rich G. said 8 inches of snow have piled up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He shared the photo below:
3:40 p.m. EST Friday: @Ginger_Zee tweeted: "Security guard just told us there is a $500 fine if you are found driving on the roads after 4 pm in #boston #BlizzardUpdate"
3:30 p.m. EST Friday: The storm off the mid-Atlantic coast will start to strengthen very rapidly over the next eight hours. This will allow very heavy snow bands to slam Long Island to New England. Thunder snow is possible in the heaviest bands, which could unleash 2-3 inches an hour.
3:10 p.m. EST Friday: Snow amounts so far include: 7.0 inches in Lockport, N.Y.; 3.8 inches in Darien, Conn.; 2.8 inches in Bridgeport, Conn.; 2.3 inches in Bronx, N.Y.
2:20 p.m. EST Friday: AccuWeather Facebook fan Sarabeth M. reports that the snow is already coming down fast and furious in Compton, R.I. She shared the photo below:
1:40 p.m. EST Friday: Track the blizzard live on radar.
1:30 p.m. EST Friday: One inch of snow reported by the National Weather Service in Boston.
1:00 p.m. EST Friday: Gov. Patrick of Massachusetts signed an executive order banning vehicle traffic effective at 4 p.m. Friday. Connecticut's Gov. Malloy said that drivers should go home now, if they aren't already headed there.
12:40 p.m. EST Friday: Flight Aware reports that more than 3,000 flights were cancelled so far Friday and more than 1,000 flight have already been cancelled for Saturday.
12:20 p.m. EST Friday: There was a 19-car crash on I-295 South in Falmouth, Maine, north of Portland, according to WCSH-TV.
12:15 p.m. EST Friday: According to Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, Gov. Chafee declared a State of Emergency.
11:32 a.m. EST Friday: According to CNN, Gov. Malloy of Connecticut declared a State of Emergency for the state ahead of the blizzard.
11:10 a.m. EST Friday: It's still snowing heavily across western New York and as far south as Dubois, Pa. Heavy snow is working its way toward Connecticut.
10:40 a.m. EST Friday: So far, 6 inches of snow have fallen just northwest of the city of Portland, Maine.
10:00 a.m. EST Friday: The rain-snow line is hovering right around New York City, with mixed precip on the island. It is raining in Linden and at JFK but snowing in Central Park and Newark-- just a difference of about 10 miles.9:45 a.m. EST Friday: "Snow starting to fall here in Northern NJ/NYC," Paul Bassett, a photographer from N.J., tweeted.
9:05 a.m. EST Friday: The rain-snow line is running right across the southern New York City area.8:20 a.m. EST Friday: "Only boy in the world," Boston resident Charlie Maher shared on Facebook from the T during an empty Friday morning "rush hour."
8:00 a.m. EST Friday: Almost 3,000 flights cancelled so far, as of 8 a.m. Here's a flight tracker for the latest information.
7:50 a.m. EST Friday: AccuWeather Meteorologist Henry Margusity came into work today wearing his "Big Daddy" snowstorm sweatshirt. "My son wants to be a meteorologist. I told him this morning, you're going to study this one in school someday," Margusity said.
7:20 a.m. EST Friday: Flights headed the Philadelphia airport are being delayed at their origin an average of an hour and a half due to low clouds.
6:50 a.m. EST Friday: A foot of snow fell over the past 24 hours near Midland, Mich.
5:15 a.m. EST Friday: Reports from Long Island and throughout Connecticut of gas stations out of gas and very long lines at other gas stations.
4:10 a.m. EST Friday: Mount Pleasant, located in central Michigan, has reported 10.5 inches of snow. Just to the south in Alma, Mich., a total of 7.1 inches of snow has fallen.
2:00 a.m. EST Friday: According to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., 5 inches of snow have fallen in Blue Ridge, Va. Meanwhile, reports of 2-4 inches of snow have fallen around Roanoke, Va.
12:45 a.m. EST Friday: Many locations in Lake County, Ill., located north of Chicago, have reported around 8 inches of snow. Light snow is still falling.
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