REPORTS: Historic blizzard pounds the mid-Atlantic
By By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com 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As of 12:30 a.m. EST Sunday, this blog is no longer active.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.
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.
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) January 24, 2016
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.
— MC Highway Services (@MontCo_Highways) January 24, 2016
Home sweet home. 30 hours, 24 minutes after departure. pic.twitter.com/VE59xGsudd
— Duquesne Basketball (@DuqMBB) January 24, 2016
JCP&L continues restoration efforts in the wake of today’s massive snowstorm. We expect all customers to be restored by 9:00 Sunday evening.
— JCP&L (@JCP_L) January 24, 2016
NJT service (rail, bus, light rail & access link) is still suspended at this time. Service will resume once conditions allow #NJTWinter
— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) January 24, 2016
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) January 23, 2016
— Deputy Chief Nader (@DChiefNaderPGPD) January 24, 2016
— Duke Energy (@DukeEnergy) January 24, 2016
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.
Our snow teams will continue working overnight. Here is the scene at the B-gates https://t.co/np2rTElh7w
— Dulles Airport (IAD) (@Dulles_Airport) January 24, 2016
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.
So Wayne Lanes freaking collapsed 😳 pic.twitter.com/KZaN6RA5Y6
— Adam Thompson (@abThompson4) January 24, 2016
— Harry Hairston (@harryhairston) January 24, 2016
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.
— Bahman Kalbasi (@BahmanKalbasi) January 23, 2016
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.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) January 23, 2016
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 23, 2016
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.
— Chris McMahon (@christopher_mcm) January 23, 2016
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.
|Glengary, West Virginia||40 inches|
|Redhouse, Maryland||38 inches|
|Winchester, Virginia||33 inches|
|Carinbrook, Pennsylvania||32 inches|
|Boonville, Kentucky||22 inches|
|Roselle, New Jersey||19.6 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.
— Scott Broom (@scottbroom) January 23, 2016
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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