Reports: Blizzard lashes New England with hurricane-force winds, over two feet of snow
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
March 13, 2018, 9:13:43 PM EDT
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As of 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday, this story is no longer being updated. For photos and a recap of the nor'easter, click here.
A winter storm will continue to produce blizzard conditions along coastal New England on Tuesday, pounding the region with travel-disrupting snow and wind.
The rapidly strengthening storm underwent bombogenesis Monday night and conditions began to deteriorate as strong winds created dangerous blizzard conditions along the eastern coast of New England.
Like the two nor'easters earlier this month, hundreds of thousands have been left without power in New England.
The storm will cause high winds and waves to pound the New England coast into Tuesday night, according to AccuWeather Meteorologists. Residents along the coast can expect moderate to major flooding for two high tide cycles. Tides are expected to average 2-4 feet above normal with this storm.
8:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
A tractor-trailer has slid off of Interstate 95 just south of Portland, Maine. The highway is still open with crews on the scene.
Road conditions will remain poor along much of the Maine Turnpike into Wednesday.
7:57 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
Snow is starting to taper off in southern New England as the steadiest snow begins to focus on Maine.
Some snow many linger across Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts into tonight; however, accumulations will not be as significant as they were earlier in the day.
7 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
A band of heavy snow is moving over Boston with snowfall rates likely ranging between 2-3 inches per hour. Many areas around the city have already recorded over one foot of snow with areas northwest of the city approaching the 20-inch benchmark.
6:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
Much of the Maine Turnpike is covered with snow with sections of the highway closed around Portland, according to New England 511.
Road conditions will continue to deteriorate into Tuesday night as heavy snow persists across the state.
5:50 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
A band of heavy snow is beginning to slowly move into downtown Boston. This band of snow has a history of producing snowfall rates between 2-3 inches an hour.
[550p] While there are darker reds denoting lower visibility assoc w/ a moderate to heavy snow, yellows & oranges persist over the CT River / Pioneer Valley region; welcome any reports as to snow out in W MA, wondering if our radar is overshooting stronger snow returns pic.twitter.com/ToWGsb5dnp— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 13, 2018
4:18 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
The mayor of Boston has announced that all public schools in Boston will be closed on Wednesday in response to the nor'easter impacting the region.
As of 4 p.m. EDT, South Boston was approaching snowfall accumulations of one foot with heavy snow still falling.
4:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
Mount Snow, located in West Dover, Vermont, has received over 10 inches of snow since Monday night with snow still falling.
In the past seven days, the ski resort has received over 50 inches of snow, accounting for one-third of their average seasonal snowfall.
"To say this has been a week of historic proportions would be an understatement," Mount Snow said to AccuWeather.
3:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
A band of heavy snow has set up just west of Boston with snowfall rates over 2 inches an hour. Accumulations have topped one foot west of the city with some locations, such as Milford, Massachusetts, closing in on 20 inches of snow.
2:32 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
The eastbound land of the Massachusetts Turnpike near Framingham has been closed after a truck rolled onto its sides, blocking both lanes.
Eastbound lanes of I-90 are also closed approaching Auburn due to a crash involving multiple vehicles.
1:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gave an update on the storm and the travel conditions in a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon.
Baker said there has been little traffic on the roads and he thanked the highway crews who had deployed more than 4,000 pieces of equipment to help maintain road conditions in a challenging storm.
"We appreciate everyone staying home as the storm continues. Please stay off the roads for the next several hours as whiteout conditions [and] slippery roads are creating hazardous conditions," he said.
"We ask everyone to continue being good neighbors - please check in on family, friends, especially seniors and those with disabilities. Help your cities [and] towns keep up with snow removal by shoveling sidewalks and fire hydrants when it is safe for you to go outside."
1 p.m. EDT Tuesday:
Snow is starting to wind down in the New York City area; however, New England continues to face the brunt of the heavy snow and blizzard conditions.
A 76-mph wind gust was measured in Barnstable, Massachusetts, and blizzard conditions were reported at Boston Logan International Airport.
As of 1 p.m. here is a look at some of the highest snow totals by state:
- Framingham, Massachusetts: 16.8 inches
- North Foster & Woonsocket, Rhode Island: 13 inches
- Plainview, NY: 11 inches
- Bantam, Connecticut: 11 inches
- Jaffrey, NH: 7.5 inches
- Berwick, ME: 5.5 inches
11:56 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is monitoring the effects of the nor'easter as it continues to unleash blizzard conditions in the state.
11:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
Strong winds gusting over 50 mph have been reported in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with sticking, concrete-like snow.
Downed trees and branches have the ability to down power lines, causing power outages. There are over 100 reports of downed trees and wires from NWS spotters in New England.
According to poweroutage.us, there are nearly 200,000 customers without power in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Blizzard: large branches down by strong winds in Plymouth, MA with concrete-like snow sticking to everything, winds gusting over 50 mph. Numerous power outages @breakingweather #blizzard #mawx #noreaster pic.twitter.com/JvoXENWZBw— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) March 13, 2018
10:22 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
Blizzard conditions are being reported in Providence, Rhode Island, and southeastern Massachusetts. AccuWeather Meteorologists Bernie Rayno and Laura Velasquez are tracking the storm live from AccuWeather Studios.
9:24 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
Over 3,300 trucks are out treating the roads across Massachusetts, and there have been multiple accidents involving tractor-trailers.
A jackknifed tractor-trailer briefly forced the shutdown of Interstate 90 earlier this morning, but all lanes have since been cleared. There were no reported injuries.
A second jackknifed tractor-trailer has been reported on I-90 westbound near mile marker 88 in Oxford, Massachusetts.
Another accident has occurred on Interstate 91 northbound near the town of Deerfield.
In Maine, speed limits have been put in place from New Hampshire to Exit 53 in Falmouth as well as from Kittery to Augusta.
8:41 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
There have been multiple reports of winds gusting to 67-68 mph on Cape Cod and Nantucket, Massachusetts, in addition to dozens of reports of downed trees across the state.
Approximately 33,000 customers are currently without power in Massachusetts, with another 3,000 people dealing with power cuts in Rhode Island.
That snow is STICKING. Not quite as bad as the last ones but potential still for the snow to weigh trees and power lines down. Here’s a look outside my parents in Warwick. @NBC10 Beautiful! But be safe please! Stay home :) pic.twitter.com/jqMlYj8Ik4— Lindsay Iadeluca (@NBC10_Lindsay) March 13, 2018
8:20 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
AccuWeather is tracking the nor'easter as it moves up the East Coast live from AccuWeather Studios.
7:19 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
Road conditions are beginning to deteriorate across parts of New England, including around the town of South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
[6:50 AM] Check out the time-lapse of accumulating snowfall for South Kingstown, RI, which is currently under the heavy snow band. Roads are deteriorating quickly. Use caution if you have to travel this morning. pic.twitter.com/uX8iiXy3Dg— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 13, 2018
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer is reporting wind gusts over 40 mph in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
NEW: heavy snow, winds gusting over 40 mph, high tide later this morning in Plymouth, MA! #blizzard conditions later today. Stay safe @breakingweather @lauravelasquez @AccuRayno #mawx pic.twitter.com/NBVOxiDG16— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) March 13, 2018
5:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
As of 5:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Monroe, New York, has received 3.5 inches of snow from the storm, with around 3 inches being reported in Orange County. In a matter of a few hours, an inch of snow has already fallen in Smithfield, Rhode Island, with a band of much heavier snow currently bisecting the state and moving northwestward toward Providence.
5 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
Gusty, northeasterly winds are battering Cape Cod and coastal areas of Massachusetts, with gusts of 40-50 mph becoming more common and widespread within the last two hours. As winds continue to pound coastal areas, the risk of building seas and coastal flooding will increase on Tuesday.
[Coastal Flooding] Despite low astro tides, a storm surge between 2.5 to 3.5ft with building seas will lead to minor to moderate coastal flooding. In fact, Nantucket is already seeing a surge nearing 2 ft. More info here: https://t.co/rCVurKHSRu pic.twitter.com/Lu6BI211MU— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 13, 2018
4:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
Snow has begun to accumulate on grassy surfaces in Providence, Rhode Island, with much heavier snow bands looming just offshore. Eastern parts of Long Island are continuing to get pounded by the heaviest snow bands.
[4:30 AM] Snow is falling across the region and beginning to stick on grassy surfaces. Here is a time-lapse from Providence, RI: pic.twitter.com/nMAWmRsOTU— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 13, 2018
[4:52 am] Heavy snow banding is just beginning to make it into eastern Long Island, depicted in this animation by the yellows and oranges. Intensity of snowfall still expected to increase for much of Long Island and southern Connecticut into the morning commute. pic.twitter.com/cXVj2ZgARS— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) March 13, 2018
Many schools in Connecticut will be closed Tuesday. The threat of heavy snow and strong winds is expected to cause travel disruptions, particularly in the morning, according to the National Weather Service.
An inch of wet snow already coating the trees in Tolland! pic.twitter.com/wn9QW8osAk— joey sciarra (@JoeySciarra) March 13, 2018
3 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
Heavy bands of snow are moving rapidly onshore into southeastern New England. Snow has commenced in Boston and continues to fly in New York City. One of the most intense snow bands is currently located over eastern Long Island. Wind gusts of 40 mph have already been reported in Boston, and gusts to 50-60 mph can be expected throughout the day in coastal areas of New England.
Snow will continue to spread northward into northern New England and increase in intensity as the morning progresses.
And so it begins... it’s been snowing for a couple of hours, and now the heavy stuff is coming down. If you must drive today, take it slow. Easy does it. pic.twitter.com/oC4bElxrLj— Rhode Island EMA (@RhodeIslandEMA) March 13, 2018
10:50 p.m. EDT Monday:
Snow is starting to spread across the Northeast with snow being reported from Albany, New York, through Washington, D.C.; however, precipitation is currently falling as rain closer to the coast, including New York City and Philadelphia.
Snow will continue to advance across New England overnight and is forecast to begin in Boston before daybreak.
9:45 p.m. EDT Monday:
A band of wet snow has moved through Virginia Beach, Virginia. Snow accumulations have been limited to elevated and grassy surfaces with 1-3 inches of snow reported across the area.
Snow in Virginia Beach!! The place is going nuts! pic.twitter.com/5fBTEShPqu— Rob Nielsen (@RobNielsenJr) March 13, 2018
9 p.m. EDT Monday:
Over 700 flights have already been canceled at Boston's Logan International Airport for Tuesday, according to Flightstats. An additional 200 flights have also been canceled at LaGuardia Airport for Tuesday, with that number likely to rise as the storm strengthens.
Due to expected winter weather Monday evening and Tuesday, please check with your airline for the latest information about your flight before heading to Logan.— Boston Logan Airport (@BostonLogan) March 12, 2018
All Boston public schools will be closed on Tuesday due to the predicted weather conditions as the nor'easter impacts the area.
Due to the forecast of heavy snow, @BostonSchools is closed Tuesday, March 13. Administrative offices and @BCYFcenters will also be closed. Only essential BPS employees are to report to work. For updates, visit https://t.co/uuGNg4m54G, https://t.co/wItYfDWEse, or call 311. pic.twitter.com/mHuBzs7EYh— BostonPublicSchools (@BostonSchools) March 12, 2018
5 p.m. EDT Monday:
Amtrak has announced that they will be suspending service between Boston and New York City on Tuesday due to poor weather conditions.
SERVICE ALERT: Due to impending inclement weather in the Northeast, we will be suspending service between BOS and NYP on Tues. 3/13 until at least 11am. We will resume service when weather conditions allow us to safely do so. Modified/cancelled service details are outlined below. pic.twitter.com/iRqxDCNIMK— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNEC) March 12, 2018
12:30 p.m. EDT Monday:
Some airlines are beginning to waive change fees for passengers with flights in and out of Boston Logan International Airport. In addition, American Airlines has suspended all flight operations at Boston Logan on Tuesday.
Several airlines are waiving fees to change flights before Tuesday’s storm. Contact your airline for more information.— Boston Logan Airport (@BostonLogan) March 12, 2018
10 a.m. EDT Monday:
Approximately 55,000 people are without power in Kentucky and West Virginia, as heavy snow blankets the area. At least 15 inches of snow have been reported in Craigsville, West Virginia, falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour.
Working on a foot of #snow in Nettie, West Virginia in Nicholas County this morning! All of this in just a few hours! 📸 Billy Jean Wiley ☃️❄️ @NWSCharlestonWV @stormchas4 #winter #weather #WVwx pic.twitter.com/c98kzK3acS— Josh Fitzpatrick (@JoshFitzWx) March 12, 2018
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