REPORTS: Historic blizzard pounds the mid-Atlantic

By By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
January 26, 2016, 5:21:16 AM EST

As of 12:30 a.m. EST Sunday, this blog is no longer active. Archived reports from the storm can be found below. Click here for a full recap of the blizzard.

Blizzard conditions are expanding across the Northeast, reaching from Washington D.C. toward Boston and are expected to last through Saturday night.

This storm has become of the of biggest snowstorms on record for the mid-Atlantic, dumping over three feet of snow in parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.

Not only has the massive storm shut down major highways across the region, but it has also lead to coastal flooding that has inundated communities near the coast.

At least 18 storm-related deaths have been reported, according to The Associated Press.

More than 50 million people are likely to be affected through the weekend. The full forecast, including predicted snow totals, can be found here. For archived reports of the storm, click here.

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UPDATES: (All times are listed in EST)11:42 p.m. EST Saturday: Blizzard conditions are winding down in New York City, AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.


11:38 p.m. EST Saturday: Virginia State Police responded to more than 1,300 vehicle crashes on Saturday.

11:20 p.m. EST Saturday: Pennsylvania state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. said he will be asking for a Senate hearing on the performance of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Pennsylvania State Police during the winter storm, including an incident where about 500 vehicles were stranded. The turnpike runs through part of Eichelberger's Senate district in south-central Pennsylvania.

11:12 p.m. EST Saturday: Non-essential travel ban continues until Sunday morning in New Castle and Kent counties in Delaware, Gov. Jack Markell announced.

11:08 p.m. EST Saturday: It took about 4 hours but Maryland routes 355 and 109 are now open in Montgomery County after numerous tractor-trailers were disabled, county officials said.
11:00 p.m. EST Saturday: Duquesne University men's basketball team is back in Pittsburgh after spending more than a day stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
10:53 p.m. EST Saturday: Jersey Central Power & Light customers may have service fully restored by Sunday night, the utility said.
10:51 p.m. EST Saturday: New Jersey Transit service remains suspended due to storm.
10:34 p.m. EST Saturday: Kentucky officials take steps to prevent price gouging as a result of the blizzard impacting their state.
10:30 p.m. EST Saturday: Snow-plow caravan moves down the Beltway in Prince George's County, Maryland.
10:26 p.m. EST Saturday: Power restoration efforts continue in North Carolina, where about 63,000 Duke Energy customers remain without electricity.

10:24 p.m. EST Saturday: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, continues to add to its record-breaking snowfall, with 30.2 inches.

10:18 p.m. EST Saturday: About 10,000 Jersey Central Power & Light customers without power in central coastal New Jersey, the utility reported.

10:15 p.m. EST Saturday: Crews continue work to clear runways at Washington Dulles International Airport.

9:49 p.m. EST Saturday: People digging out their cars in Baltimore will be digging through 2 feet of snow.


9:42 p.m. EST Saturday: More roof collapses are being reported all across the mid-Atlantic. This one is a bowling alley in Waynesboro, Virginia.
9:33 p.m. EST Saturday: Heavy snow has caused the roof of a church to collapse in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

9:21 p.m. EST Saturday: Snow is stretched out along the Interstate 95 corridor from Boston to Washington D.C. Some areas are experiencing blizzard conditions.


8:40 p.m. EST Saturday: John F. Kennedy International Airport has measured over 24 inches of snow today, setting the record for the heaviest 1-day snowfall on record at the airport. Previous record was 21.6 inches set on Feb. 17, 2003.

8:03 p.m. EST Saturday: Heavy, drifting snow has buried cars across the mid-Atlantic, including these near Neptune, New Jersey.


7:59 p.m. EST Saturday: 25 inches of snow has fallen in Flushing, New York, located just east of Manhattan.


7:30 p.m. EST Saturday: Allentown, Pennsylvania, has measured 31.7 inches of snow so far, with snow still falling. The normal seasonal snowfall total for Allentown is 32.9 inches.

7:17 p.m. EST Saturday: Some people are finding innovative ways to travel in the snow around Washington D.C.
7:10 p.m. EST Saturday: Snow drifts continue to grow across the mid-Atlantic, such as this one in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania.


7:00 p.m. EST Saturday: The weight of roughly 2 feet of snow has caused several porch roofs to collapse in Baltimore, according to Baltimore's emergency management office.

6:00 p.m. EST Saturday: All major roadways on Long Island and in Manhattan are covered by a significant amount of snow, according to 511NY.


5:57 p.m. EST Saturday: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has picked up over 28 inches of snow so far, making this the biggest snowstorm on record to hit the city. The previous record was 25 inches from a snowstorm in 1983, another strong El Niño year.

5:53 p.m. EST Saturday: Only emergency vehicles will be allowed on city roads in Baltimore from 6:30 p.m. Saturday to 6:00 a.m. Sunday.

5:48 p.m. EST Saturday: Multiple events have been postponed around New York City as a result of the storm.

5:15 p.m. EST Saturday: It's officially a blizzard in Washington, D.C. For three hours, visibility has been less than one-quarter of a mile and winds have been consistently above 35 mph.

5:11 p.m. EST Saturday: Sledding was allowed on Capitol Hill for the first time in over 100 years, according to Bloomberg.



4:50 p.m. EST Saturday: Many of the major roads in southeastern Pennsylvania have significant snow cover, according to PennDOT.


4:45 p.m. EST Saturday: The snow is not stopping the West Virginia University swim team from practicing.

4:35 p.m. EST Saturday: Heavy snow covered this car in Congers, New York:


4:33 p.m. EST Saturday: People in Washington, D.C., are taking advantage of the snow to go sledding down Capitol Hill.



4:15 p.m. EST Saturday: Here are the highest snow totals by state as of 4 p.m. EST.

Top snow accumulations by state as of 4 p.m. EST
Glengary, West Virginia40 inches
Redhouse, Maryland38 inches
Winchester, Virginia33 inches
Carinbrook, Pennsylvania32 inches
Boonville, Kentucky22 inches
Roselle, New Jersey19.6 inches

4:07 p.m. EST Saturday: Tidal flood waters have swept away this plow truck in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.


3:43 p.m. EST Saturday: Blizzard conditions are expected to develop over Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


3:41 p.m. EST Saturday: Not only is the storm in the East causing coastal flooding, but also significant beach erosion.

3:25 p.m. EST Saturday: A band of heavy snow has set up from New York City to Washington D.C. Snow rates may exceed 2 inches an hour.


2:51 p.m. EST Saturday: Philadelphia has received 17 inches of snow so far with snow still falling. This makes it the ninth biggest snowstorm on record for Philadelphia.

2:47 P.M. EST Saturday: Over 100,000 electric customers are without power in North Carolina, according to Duke Energy.

2:30 p.m. EST Saturday: Roads in Manhattan are completely covered with snow.


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