Reports: Ice storm creates treacherous travel in New England as temperatures plummet across snow-covered Northeast

January 20, 2019, 6:40:48 PM EST


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Hundreds of flights have been canceled at Boston’s Logan International Airport as the major winter storm continues to bring an ice storm and heavy snow to New England.

At least one fatality has been associated with this storm. In Kansas, a snowplow driver was killed after his vehicle drove onto the shoulder and rolled over, the Associated Press reported.

“After the storm started as snow, sleet and freezing rain is creating difficult travel and causing power outages in southern and eastern New England,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

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A pup in Naperville, Ill., enjoyed the snow on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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Snow blanketed Chicago on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

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Heavy snow piled up on Chicago's streets and sidewalks on Jan. 19, 2019.

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Morning snow created picturesque scenes in Chicago on Jan. 19, 2019.

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Crews worked to clear sidewalks of snow amid an intense storm on Jan. 19, 2019.

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Early morning snow made for difficult travel conditions around Chicago on Jan. 19.

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Snow coated roads and sidewalks in downtown Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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At least two semi-trucks and a handful of other vehicles slid off roadways around Danforth, Ill., on Saturday, Jan. 19, local officials reported.

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Pedestrians worked their way through packed sidewalks in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Jan. 19.

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Roads were unsafe for travel in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

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Visibility was severely poor in parts of eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon amid a massive snowstorm.

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While the storm may have caused travel chaos in Chicago, some animals made the most of it.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation had thousands of crews on roads across the state as a major storm hit the region on Jan. 19.

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A playful pup was barely visible in the heavy snow that blanketed Milwaukee, Wisc., on Jan. 19.

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A crash on a snow-covered I-55 closed part of the highway in Sainte Genevieve County in eastern Missouri on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

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Officials in Dent County, Missouri, said the area experience the "worst of the snow" in that region on Twitter on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

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Icy roads forced this driver, who was unhurt, off the road in Arkansas on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 19.

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Thick snow fell in State College, Penn., on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, but Chester the dog was unsure about the conditions.

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A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation road treatment truck pulls in to attach a plow at a storage facility in Franklin Park, Pa. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Weather forecasters are are predicting a heavy weekend snow storm across Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

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A plow truck drove down a snow-covered stretch of Interstate 80 east of Des Moines, Iowa.

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Pedestrians walk in the snow in Detroit, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

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A vehicle spins out on Interstate 94 in Detroit, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

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Crews clear snow at the Albany International Airport in Colonie, N.Y., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

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Bill Moore cross-country skis down a street on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Montpelier, Vt.

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Carter Martin shovels a sidewalk at Maplefields store and gas station on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Plainfield, Vt.


The snowstorm will be followed up by a blast of brutally cold air on Sunday night, which could be dangerous for those left without power in the wake of the storm.

“The cold can be life-threatening for those left without power and no means to heat their homes,” Pydynowski said. “In areas hit hard by the snowstorm, roads cleared by accumulating snow during the storm may become blocked again due to extensive drifting snow in the storm’s wake through Monday.”

Download the free AccuWeather app to see how much snow you will receive in your area.

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3:00 p.m. EST Sunday:

Traffic is backed up in areas of New Hampshire and Massachusetts due to snow and icy road conditions.

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2:00 p.m. EST Sunday:

Strong winds downed a tree blocking all lanes of N. Roosevelt St. in Washington D.C.


12:36 p.m. EST Sunday:

Coastal flooding has been reported across New England, including in the town of Duxbury, Massachusetts.


11:15 a.m. EST Sunday

Some of the highest snow and ice reports from the winter storm have been reported in New England and New York. The storm is winding down, but snow and ice continue to accumulate in some locations.

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10:36 a.m. EST Sunday:

Here is an updated look at flight cancellations at several major travel hubs including in Canada. Boston still leads the way with more than 400 flights cancelled.

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8:34 a.m. EST Sunday:

Over 400 flights have been canceled at Boston's Logan International Airport as icy conditions spread through Massachusetts. Over 2,600 road crew members from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation are out treating the roads at this hour.

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Slick road conditions are being reported around Worcester, Massachusetts. Officials are reminding residents to avoid unnecessary travel.


7:53 a.m. EST Sunday:

Blowing and drifting snow will create problems in parts of the Northeast today, especially in some locations where roads have already been cleared. Blowing snow is being reported along Interstate 70 Sunday morning.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said it had more than 1,300 plows out across the state.



6:25 a.m. EST Sunday:

Temperatures are starting to plummet across the Ohio Valley and parts of the mid-Atlantic, freezing water and slush. Between 3 and 4:00 a.m., the temperature in Pittsburgh fell from 29 to 22 F. It is currently 19 F.


Some of the storm's first accumulation reports of over 1 foot are rolling in from Saratoga and Schenectady counties in New York state.

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View of the snow-covered Historic Ten Broeck Triangle in Albany, New York. Jan. 20, 2019 at 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Photo by Kevin Eherts



5 a.m. EST Sunday:

Rain, sleet and freezing rain continue to replace snow throughout the southern half of New England. After receiving 5 inches of snow, rain and sleet are now falling in Boston.

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A view of York Street from Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Department in New Haven, Connecticut at 5:00 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2019. Photo via Patricia Madrio


Following an inch or two of snow accumulation, rain is now inundating New Haven, Connecticut, as temperatures rise into the mid-30s F. Road conditions are improving across the area as a result.

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3:45 a.m. EST Sunday:

Level 3 Snow Emergencies have been declared for Hocking, Marion, Union, Delaware, Morrow, Crawford, Hardin, Putnam, Hancock, Seneca, Huron, Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties in Ohio.

Freezing rain and sleet have replaced snowflakes over southern New England. While temperatures are expected to rise above freezing this morning, a flash freeze will result in more icy conditions by Sunday afternoon.

Farther north in Albany, the airport has been reporting 1- to 2-inch per hour snowfall rates since midnight local time. So far 9 inches of snow has fallen, but over a foot of snow is expected to accumulate through Sunday afternoon.



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