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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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.”
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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.
As of 8:00 am, MSHP has responded to:— MSHP General HQ (@MSHPTrooperGHQ) January 20, 2019
• 1784 calls for service
• 660 stranded motorists
• 304 crashes
• 45 injuries
* 4 fatalities—2 believed to be weather related.
Please use extreme caution today & check the road conditions at https://t.co/ZDpgnCCZGC before you travel. pic.twitter.com/ydVCWXY0Kg
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.
Today’s storm is bringing a threat of splash over and minor flooding on coastal roads. “An hour before high tide and the water is over already at Hampton.’ pic.twitter.com/cgWqvtUiUq— NHDOT (@NewHampshireDOT) January 20, 2019
High Tide during the storm is spilling over into streets in Kennebunk. Saco and Portland are also seeing coastal flooding. pic.twitter.com/KLJ83ZBNzf— NEWS CENTER Maine (@newscentermaine) January 20, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Slick road conditions are being reported around Worcester, Massachusetts. Officials are reminding residents to avoid unnecessary travel.
Snow has turned to sleet/freezing rain creating slick road conditions. @WorcesterDPW has 340 pieces of equipment on the road. Your patience is appreciated as they make their way through the city. Storm Center is open at (508) 929-1300. Keep these #’s handy in case of emergency pic.twitter.com/TMnQmUtRxf— City of Worcester (@TweetWorcester) January 20, 2019
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.
[7:51 AM] Ongoing blowing/drifting snow, as well as isolated snow showers, will continue the hazardous travel conditions early this morning. Some main roads, such as I-70, may have snow blown over them multiple times, even after being plowed/treated. Image courtesy ODOT. pic.twitter.com/HTOX7wIF2a— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) January 20, 2019
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.
All inbound and outbound rail cars are currently immobilized due to a flash freeze that occurred about 4am. We have crews working to restore service as quickly as possible.— Port Authority PGH (@PGHtransit) January 20, 2019
Some of the storm's first accumulation reports of over 1 foot are rolling in from Saratoga and Schenectady counties in New York state.
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.
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.
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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