Reports: Fast-moving snowstorm spurs road closures in northeastern US
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
February 18, 2018, 7:40:45 AM EST
As of 5:00 a.m. EST Sunday, the reports below are no longer being updated.
Heavy snow is walloping the northeastern United States as a fast-moving storm impacts the region into Sunday morning.
The storm has already unleashed over 6 inches of snow from portions of south-central and eastern Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey and southeastern New York.
Snow will continue to fall across New England into Sunday morning, including Boston and Hartford, Connecticut.
During this time, there is the potential for snow to fall at the rate of an inch or more per hour for a few hours. A total of 3 inches fell in just one hour near Jackson in southern Ohio on Saturday.
Motorists are likely to encounter slippery and slushy conditions.
2:30 a.m. EST Sunday:
Snow continues to fall across New York state and southeast New England early Sunday morning. Boston and Hartford, Connecticut, have reported visibility as low as 0.50 of a mile within the past 2 hours.
12:35 a.m. EST Sunday:
Snow is beginning to wind down in northern New Jersey and southeastern New York, including in New York City. Preliminary snowfall totals of up to 9 inches have been reported in northern New Jersey.
12:24 AM 2/18/2018: Here are the latest snowfall totals. Thank you for all your inputs. Please send us your reports. pic.twitter.com/jfUPBYjBfG— NWS State College (@NWSStateCollege) February 18, 2018
Storm just about over. Keep sendng snow amt/location. We'll post by 6AM. Record warmth on track for this Wednesday. Attached is prelim analysis of repts thru 1030PM Saturday. Will update map 630A Sunday, possibly again Sunday aftn (more detail). Thank you. #njwx #pawx #dewx #mdwx pic.twitter.com/QO59MZUMrR— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) February 18, 2018
11:05 p.m. EST Saturday:
Many roads across Pennsylvania remain covered in snow or are wet with freezing conditions, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The worst road conditions are being experienced across eastern Pennsylvania, including Interstate 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
10:09 p.m. EST Saturday:
New York City has received between 2 and 4 inches of snow so far with snow still falling in the city. Higher accumulations have been reported northwest of the city with Allendale, New Jersey reporting 8 inches of snow accumulation.
8:59 p.m. EST Saturday:
Over 6 inches of snow has fallen from Harrisburg through Allentown, Pennsylvania with snowfall rates ranging from 1 to 2 inches an hour.
6.0” Hellertown, PA @NWS_MountHolly. Started at 4:45 PM, so that makes an average of 1.5”/hr rates. Still lightly snowing.— Matthew Potter (@mpotter_wx) February 18, 2018
8:16 p.m. EST Saturday:
Snow is accumulating on some roads and sidewalks across the New York City area. People around the city should allow for extra time to reach their destination when traveling on Saturday night.
7:47 p.m. EST Saturday:
Snow is tapering off around Washington, D.C. with snow blanketing elevated and untreated surfaces. Roads and sidewalks may remain snowy and slushy overnight and into early Sunday morning.
7:00 p.m. EST Saturday:
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation there are 52 weather restrictions in effect across the state.
Several road closures have been reported on major highways amid the snow, including I-78 westbound just west of Allentown, I-81 in both directions near Tremont, and I-99 southbound near Altoona.
The closure on I-99 was a result of a crash late on Saturday afternoon and has lead to at least one fatality, according to WJAC.
The National Weather Service has also declared winter storm warnings across areas of the northeast. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission strongly encourage motorists to heed all travel restrictions and delay unnecessary travel.
6:05 p.m. EST Saturday:
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation there is a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 at mile post 27, which has caused all lanes to close.
Multi vehicle crash on I-80 eastbound at Mile Post: 27.0. All lanes closed.— 511PA Statewide (@511PAStatewide) February 17, 2018
5:20 p.m. EST Saturday:
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there are many lane restrictions and speed restrictions across Pennsylvania highways.
Crash on I-80 westbound between Mile Post: 276.5 and Mile Post: 276.0. There is a lane restriction.— 511PA Statewide (@511PAStatewide) February 17, 2018
4:35 p.m. EST Saturday:
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, all lanes are closed on Interstate 99 between exit 39 and exit 33 due to an accident.
UPDATE: Crash on I-99 southbound between Exit 39 - PA 764 South and Exit 33 - 17th St. All lanes closed.— 511PA Statewide (@511PAStatewide) February 17, 2018
2:00 p.m. EST Saturday:
Roadways near US 33 near the east side of Athens, Ohio are icy and treacherous for motorists.
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