Live updates: Power outages top 300,000 as snow, ice storm slams eastern US

November 16, 2018, 1:32:42 PM EST



As of 1:30 p.m. EST Friday, this story is no longer being updated. The destructive storm caused over 400,000 power outages, school closures and major travel disruptions. Drivers in Pennsylvania were stuck in an overnight traffic delay while commuters going over the George Washington Bridge in New York City were delayed for hours due to a multi-vehicle accident. For a complete recap and photo gallery of the first snowstorm of the season, click here.


A major storm spread snow and ice, causing travel disruptions and power outages in the Northeast.

While snow, sleet and rain came to an end in the mid-Atlantic overnight Thursday, the heavy snow continued to plow into New York and New England.

"There is the potential for 6-12 inches of snow from western Maryland to northwestern Maine; however, sleet and freezing rain may cut down on accumulations," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

"In some areas, it is possible that 1-2 inches of sleet falls on top of the snow," he said.

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A pedestrian walks through a snow-covered parking lot in Mt. Holly, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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Snow in Washington, DC, on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 15.

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A person walks across Independence Mall during a snow storm in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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A biker crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in the snow.

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A police officer and others help push a car that was unable to gain traction on the snowy roads in Mt. Holly, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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Worker clears the first snow of the season in front of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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Snow covers the grass outside the White House, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Washington.

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Footsteps are seen in the snow outside the West Wing of the White House, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Washington.

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The first snow of the season falls on the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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The first snow of the season in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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A dog enjoys snow on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Snow covers streets in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Snow in Alexandria, Va., on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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A puppy in the snow in State College, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Dogs in the snow in Columbia, Md., on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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A dog sits in front of the fire after playing in the snow in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Snow at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Snowy day in St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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A football team practices as snow falls in Des Arc, Ark., on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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A football team practices as snow falls in Des Arc, Ark., on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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A person walks in view of Independence Hall as snow falls in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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People walk on Independence Mall during a snow storm in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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A person walks in view of Independence Hall during a snow storm in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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Commuters cross South Broad Street during a snow and sleet storm in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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Drivers, including David Evans and his wife, are stranded on the road in Yardley, Pennsylvania. They report that "driving conditions are horrible and they have seen several cars in ditches."

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A delivery man makes his way through wintry weather in Mt. Holly, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. New Jerseyans are dealing with their first taste of wintry weather this season.

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A man pauses while shoveling a snowy walk in Mt. Holly, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. New Jerseyans are dealing with their first taste of wintry weather this season.

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A dog named Razor checks out the snowfall from his perch inside the Sportsman's Barber Shop in Mt. Holly, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. New Jerseyans are dealing with their first taste of wintry weather this season.

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Workers inspect rail lines along Route 440 following a snowstorm, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Jersey City, N.J.

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A woman waits with a child for a school bus the morning following a snowstorm, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Metuchen, N.J.

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A cyclist is framed by snow covered leaves of a tree in lower Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in New York.

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A young girl brushes off snow on the Fearless Girl statue in lower Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in New York.

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Visitors stand in a wet snowfall at the 9/11 Memorial, Thursday Nov. 15, 2018, in New York.

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A man is silhouetted by car headlights as he crosses the streets of lower Manhattan during a snow storm on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in New York.

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Footprints are seen left behind in the snow covered grounds of lower Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in New York.

View of the snow-covered Historic Ten Broeck Triangle in Albany, New York. Nov. 15, 2018. Photo by Kevin Eherts


Two fatalities were reported in Mississippi Wednesday night, and 44 people were injured when a bus overturned on a icy road in Mississippi, the Associated Press reported. The crash occurred on Interstate 269 in Byhalia, about 35 miles southeast of Memphis.

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9:31 a.m. EST Friday:

Roads in Massachusetts are littered with accidents as snow continues to fall, officials report.

Interstate 90 was delayed after a crash involving a tractor trailer. Police also reported multiple spin outs and urged drivers to proceed with caution.



9:07 a.m. EST Friday:

Only five November storms in the last 136 years have produced 6 inches or more of snow in Central Park.

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The roads across New York state remain treacherous this morning, according to the New York Department of Transportation. There is a full ban on all trucks on Interstate 84 from the Pennsylvania border to Connecticut.

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8:40 a.m. EST Friday:

New York City officials are warning residents not to walk through city parks today due to the risk of falling trees or tree branches from high winds and the build up of snow and ice on the trees.




7:10 a.m. EST Friday:

Motorists were stuck in their cars overnight near Interstate 78 near Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Police had to wake up some drivers, who had been stuck in traffic for 12 hours since Thursday afternoon, to alert them that traffic conditions had begun to improve early Friday morning, according to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.



6:30 a.m. EST Friday:

The snowstorm in the Northeast forced some New Jersey students to sleep in their school overnight.

Students of Liberty Middle School in West Orange were told Thursday afternoon that they weren't going to be able to get home due to the weather conditions, according to WABC-TV.

School officials accommodated the students in the auditorium with games, movies and mats for sleeping.



2:30 a.m. EST Friday:

Difficult driving conditions continued for the early morning in central and northern Pennsylvania, including across parts of I-80.

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Lanes remained mostly snow-covered along I-80 in northern Pennsylvania at the interchange with US 11 near Bloomsburg, PA. (Photo/PA511)


1:10 a.m. EST Friday:

Central Park received 6 inches of snow from this event, making it the snowiest November day there in 136 years.

Thundersnow has been reported from areas west and north of Boston, where bands of heavy snow are streaming inland.


Winds are picking up along the Northeast coast from Boston to the Jersey Shore, with gusts as high as 45 mph in Massachusetts and 60 mph in Atlantic City, New Jersey. These have led to downed trees on area roadways, and could lead to additional power outages throughout the night.


11:34 p.m. EST Thursday:

Traffic remains snarled across southern New England, where heavy snow is slowly turning over to sleet and freezing rain. In the New York City area, temperatures have risen above the freezing mark, allowing precipitation to change over to rain.

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Providence, Rhode Island, has received 6 inches of snow. Portions of central Connecticut reportedly picked up 5 to 9 inches so far over areas spanning Interstate 84. Just northwest of Boston, accumulation reports are as high as 6 inches in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Snow has started to accumulate in the Albany area as well, with residents in nearby Schenectady reporting 3 inches of fresh snowfall.

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View of snow-covered Historic Ten Broeck Triangle in Albany, New York. Nov. 15, 2018. Via Kevin Eherts



8:50 p.m. EST Thursday:

Snow and sleet will continue across the Northeast into Friday, possibly disrupting the morning commute.

"Students should still do their homework assignments, but there are likely to be many schools delayed or closed on Friday," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek.

As of early Thursday night, power outages across the region were over 350,000, and may rise further overnight.



7:05 p.m. EST Thursday:

Some people have been sitting in traffic for over three hours around New York City due to snow-covered roads and widespread accidents. People across the region that do not need to travel should avoid traveling until conditions approve.

Students at Elizabethtown Area School District in Pennsylvania has returned their students to the school due to poor travel conditions.

"Due to the numerous road closures, unsafe travel conditions, and forecasted freezing rain later today, Durham School Services, the district’s contracted transportation provider, is unable to complete their afternoon bus runs and have returned students to schools," the school district said.

"District staff will remain with students as long as necessary. We are asking families to reunify with their child at the following schools. Students will be released to parent or guardian as well as emergency contacts upon parent verification. We thank you for your patience and flexibility during this challenging situation," they added.

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6:30 p.m. EST Thursday:

Over 1,400 flights have been canceled and another 8,000 delayed across the United States as snow and ice impacts the eastern United States. Some afternoon commutes have been extended by hours as people slowly navigate snow-covered roads.

Pennsylvania has experienced some of the heaviest snow with totals approaching one foot in some areas.

Philadelphia International Airport as reported 2.4 inches of snow as of Thursday evening, the highest November snowfall since 1989.

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3:55 p.m. EST Thursday:

Traffic has come to a halt on the George Washington Bridge in New York City after a multi-vehicle accident.

Snow is expected to continue around New York City through the Thursday evening commute.

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Traffic at a stand still entering the George Washington Bridge. (Photo/ Marjie Rose)

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