Reports: Snow, ice storm cuts power to hundreds of thousands as it spreads over the Northeast

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
November 15, 2018, 7:09:04 PM EST

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As of 6:30 p.m. EST Thursday, this story is no longer being updated. For the latest reports on the snowstorm, click here.


A wintry storm that has already caused thousands of power outages and numerous travel disruptions will continue to spread across the Northeast into Thursday evening.

The worst conditions are expected across the interior mid-Atlantic where there will be ice and widespread snow. Wintry weather has already impacted cities along the Interstate 95 corridor like Washington, D.C. This is the first significant snow event of the season for the I-95 corridor.

"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, the Associated Press reported. The crash occurred on Interstate 269 in Byhalia, about 35 miles southeast of Memphis.

Download the free AccuWeather app to find out the start time of the storm and how much snow, ice and rain to expect at your location.

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5:30 p.m. EST Thursday:

Over 1,200 flights have been canceled and another 7,000 delayed across the United States as snow and ice impacts the East Coast. 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)


Flights in and out of Northeast airports are also facing delays and cancelations in some cases.

According to FlightStats, more than 150 flights have been canceled at Newark International Airport while hundreds more have been delayed. Dozens of cancelations and delays have also hit Philadelphia International Airport as the storm rages in the region.


2:50 p.m. EST Thursday:

Road conditions are very poor from New York City to Philadelphia and westward into central Pennsylvania and western Maryland amid snowy conditions. Dozens of accidents have been reported across the region leading to speed and lane restrictions, including on major highways such as I-76, I-80 and I-81 in Pennsylvania.

No one was hurt in this rollover crash on a road in State College, Pennsylvania:


2:45 p.m. EST Thursday:

Power outages continue to climb throughout central and eastern United States. Crews are addressing outages in central states while Mid-Atlantic outages continue to mount. More than 411,000 outages have been reported, according to Poweroutage.us.

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1:18 p.m. EST Thursday:

Here is a look at where some of the highest snowfall totals have been reported so far across the central and eastern United States.


12:29 p.m. EST Thursday:

NASA announced that a scheduled rocket launch has been moved to Saturday morning due to the storm.



12:13 p.m. EST Thursday:

Accidents mount in Maryland as the storm continues. The state's highway authorities stated that more than 800 personel have been called on to assist throughout the day.

A Baltimore reporter Phil Yacuboski posted this video to social media of slick roads in Baltimore.



11:17 a.m. EST Thursday:

As the storm advances eastward, accidents are starting to unfold across Pennsylvania.

In York, local officials reported numerous accidents and urged drivers to be cautious. Wintry conditions have taken over roads across the Harrisbug area.


10:37 a.m. EST Thursday:

Power outages continue to mount across the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast. More than 400,000 are without power according to Poweroutage.us.

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8:40 a.m. EST Thursday:

Ohio Department of Transportation crews continue to treat roadways as the temperature hovers above freezing. More than 124,000 are without power alone in Ohio as ice begins coat some surfaces.


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A car's side view mirror became icy Thursday morning in Springsboro, Ohio. (Photo/Twitter user @GotWxForDays)


7:57 a.m. EST Thursday:

The first snow of the season is falling in the nation's capital at this hour.

"Airline passengers and motorists can expect enough snow and ice to create a mess from Washington, D.C., to Portland, Maine, even though a change to rain and flooding in poor drainage areas is forecast. Expect major delays and flight cancellations," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Good morning. It's snowing in Washington, D.C.! REPORTS: http://ow.ly/if7530mCXX7 FORECAST: http://ow.ly/HeWU30mCXVB RADAR: http://ow.ly/Zmm430mCY0R

Posted by AccuWeather on Thursday, November 15, 2018


6:36 a.m. EST Thursday:

Numerous accidents have been reported by the Kentucky State Police during the overnight hours due to slick travel conditions. Many trees are covered in ice.


5:40 a.m. EST Thursday:

Schools are been closed throughout the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic for the day as wintry weather continues to creep up the Eastern Seaboard.

Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio currently have more than 201,000 customers without power.


Freezing rain has started to coat surfaces throughout the higher elevations of North Carolina and Virginia, leading to slick roads and dangerous travel conditions. If travel cannot be avoided altogether, anyone hitting the road should drive with extreme caution and plan plenty of extra time to get to their destination.


3:40 a.m. EST Thursday:

Widespread reports of thick ice accretion, power outages, snapped branches, downed trees and slick travel continue to come out of Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Power outages across Kentucky and Indiana total over 100,000.

Similarly destructive, icy conditions are expected to develop across the central Appalachians this morning.

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Heavy sleet in Noblesville, Indiana coated roadways and produced icy conditions late on Nov. 14, 2018. Twitter/@Sean_Hildebrand

Parts of Illinois just outside of St. Louis have received 4 inches of fresh snowfall, and it is not expected to let up for another several hours.

Slick roads will lead to slowed morning commutes and airline delays. Anyone traveling this morning should allow plenty of extra time to get to their destinations or cancel plans altogether.



1:05 a.m. EST Thursday:

Freezing rain falling across parts of Indiana and Kentucky tonight has resulted in up to 0.25 of an inch of ice accretion on trees and power lines. Tree limbs as thick as 5 inches have snapped and fallen, resulting in property damage and power outages.

Over 30,000 customers are without power in Kentucky at this time, and over 4,000 power outages have been reported across Indiana.


10:00 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Motorists should be extra cautious on their commute to and from work this week. Snow, sleet and ice will make for dangerous travel.



9:00 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Officers begin respond to accidents in Lexington, Kentucky, as roads become slick and icy.



8:45 p.m. EST Wednesday:

The storm is causing treacherous travel as accidents are already happening in some areas.

An accident has been reported at Highway 41 and Volkmann in Evansville, Indiana.



6:30 p.m. EST Wednesday:

This storm has already produced some snow in Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi and in a large part of Arkansas. Temperatures keep plummeting in Gray, Maine, as the storm progresses.



5:35 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Two people have died and 44 injured in DeSoto County, Mississippi, after a tour bus flipped over, according to the Associated Press. Roads were reportedly slick in the area as a wintry mix was falling in the area at the time of the crash

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