Reports: Nor’easter cuts power to over 1 million from mid-Atlantic to New England

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
March 08, 2018, 11:01:59 AM EST

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As of 11 a.m. EST Thursday, this reports story will no longer be updated. For additional coverage of the nor'easter, click here.


A major winter storm will sweep into New England with travel-snarling snow through Thursday morning.

The storm has a history of producing well over a foot of snow across the upper mid-Atlantic.

"Wind gusts up to 45 mph across all of southern New England will continue to bring down trees and lead to power outages across the region," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

Flight delays and cancellations, as well as disruptions to daily routines, are likely to persist through Thursday as cleanup and restoration operations kick into high gear.

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10:54 a.m. EST Thursday:

Downed trees on power lines are a common sight around Massachusetts this morning. Over 1 million are now without power in the Northeast.


9:49 a.m. EST Thursday:

The New Jersey State Police report that officers responded to more than 530 motor vehicle accidents on Wednesday.


8 a.m. EST Thursday:

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that all state offices will have a one-hour delayed opening today.

Here is a look at some of the highest snow totals for some of the bigger metropolitan areas in New England.


7:18 a.m. EST Thursday:

Amtrak service between New York Penn Station and Boston will remain suspended until at least 10 a.m. EST Thursday.


4:57 a.m. EST Thursday:

Nearly 1 million people are without power in the Northeast as the storm continues to unfold, according to PowerOutage.us.

Winds up to 47 mph have been reported in Boston with visibility as low as half of a mile. Lingering snow could be a problem for commuters in the area.

"Maine will bear the brunt of the storm through the rest of Thursday with heavy snow and gusty winds," AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said.

"Travel will be extremely difficult and dangerous along the Interstate-95 corridor from Portland to Bangor and Houlton with heavy snowfall rates and whiteout conditions at times."

3:20 a.m. EST Thursday:

As high tide approaches, water levels are rising around Boston and Cape Cod. While the coastal flooding is not projected to be as severe as what occurred during the recent bomb cyclone, coastline that was weakened by the previous storm will be most susceptible to erosion and flooding early this morning.


Farther north, heavy snow continues to whip much of Maine at this hour. Visibility has been as low as 0.25 of a mile in Portland. Gusty winds are leading to extensive snow blow and drift.



1:20 a.m. EST Thursday:

As heavy snow weighs down trees and power lines, the number of power outages continues to climb across the Northeast.

Nearly 900,000 customers are without power across the mid-Atlantic and New England, according to poweroutage.us. The most power outages have occurred in New Jersey.


In Boston, snow and wind continue to expand. At Logan International Airport, visibility is down to a half mile with wind gusts to 47 mph.


11:15 p.m. EST Wednesday:

As the heaviest snow shifts into New England throughout Wednesday night, residents should expect road conditions to deteriorate, including in Boston.


In New Jersey, the South Brunswick Township Police Department said on Twitter that damage from the storm in the area may be worse than Superstorm Sandy. All major roads are reportedly impassable.

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Downed trees in Medford, New Jersey, on Wednesday afternoon. (Twitter/@mcadehaven)

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Over 2 feet of snow fell in Ringwood, New Jersey. (Twitter/@Miked12211221)



10:30 p.m. EST Wednesday:

One fatality has been reported in Suffern, New York, after a tree fell on a person amid the storm, according to News 12.

The incident happened on Hillside Avenue and the person was taken to a local hospital before being pronounced dead. This is the first fatality reported across the Northeast during the ongoing nor'easter.


9:57 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Snow has spread across much of New England with the heaviest snow focusing on Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

"The heaviest snow will fall through the overnight hours in Boston, accumulating up to a half foot in the city," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

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8:57 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Snow is tapering off in New York City with reports of 3 to 6 inches around the city. Snowfall amounts are significantly higher north and west of the city with over 2 feet in Sloatsburg, New York.

The heaviest snow is now focusing on southern New England with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour. Rain is also transitioning to snow in Boston.



8:15 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Over a foot of snow has been measured in some locations across the northeastern U.S. More than 17 inches was measured in Millington, New Jersey.



7:55 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Falling tree limbs and utility poles are causing power outages across the Northeast. As of 7:55 p.m. EST Wednesday, over 322,000 in New Jersey, 127,000 in Pennsylvania and 123,000 in New York were without power.

Live wires on the ground resulted in a fire on Wednesday evening in Bridgewater, New Jersey.



7:00 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Roads have become impassable across parts of central and northern New Jersey after heavy snow buried the area.

“This is an unprecedented snowstorm, it has crippled our roadways. Fallen trees and heavy snow have blocked roads and caused widespread power outages,” Southern Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said.

Some roads may remain impassable until later on Thursday after crews have had a chance to clear snow and downed trees blocking traffic.

There have been widespread reports of 8 to 16 inches across central and northern New Jersey with some spots receiving nearly 20 inches of snow.

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A car burried in 13.5 inches of snow in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. (Photo/@WeatherReMarks)

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Heavy snow caused some trees to snap in Medford, New Jersey. (Photo/Marc Carpenter)



6:30 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Due to snow and ice, traffic at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is experiencing gate hold and taxi delays between 16 minutes and 30 minutes in length and increasing.

LaGuardia Airport's snow removal crew is clearing snow and ice from the runways to avoid delays.



5:45 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy has issued a ban for tractor trailers and tandem trucks on all state roads.

Heavy snow is expected to continue across the state into tonight, causing road conditions to continue to deteriorate.



5:38 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Snowfall totals have topped the one foot benchmark in northern New Jersey and areas of New York near and south of Poughkeepsie. West Milford, New Jersey has seen some of the heaviest snow so far with a National Weather Service trained spotter measuring 16 inches with snow still falling.

Blizzard conditions will be possible in parts of Nassau and western Suffolk counties in New York this evening due to the combination of heavy snow, low visibility and gusty winds. People should avoid traveling in this area until conditions improve later in the night.



5:00 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Road conditions are deteriorating rapidly across the northeastern U.S. as the temperatures drop. Motorists are advised to stay off of roads unless necessary.

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4:35 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Due to snow, the Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey is closed. The airport is expected to reopen at 6:59 p.m. EST tonight.

All other airports in the northeastern U.S. are currently not experiencing delays longer than 15 minutes.


4:22 p.m. EST Wednesday:

The heaviest snow is currently falling across New Jersey with snowfall rates occasionally reaching higher than 3 inches an hour. This includes Lower Makefield Township, Pennsylvania, which received 3.3 inches of snow in just one hour.

The weight of the heavy snow on trees is causing some large branches to snap across the region.

Over 250,000 electric customers are without power in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with many outages being reported in areas that have received heavy snow.



3:34 p.m. EST Wednesday:

A person in Manchester Township, Ocean County, New Jersey was struck by lightning amid snowy conditions and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition, according to NBC 10.

There have been dozens of reports of thundersnow across the mid-Atlantic. This is the first report of a person being struck.


3:15 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Over 3 inches of snow fell in just an hour in Parisippany, New Jersey, located west of New York City. There are also reports of thundersnow across the region, including around Philadelphia and New York City.

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Heavy snow has covered roads across Hi-Nella, New Jersey. (Photo/@ThomasB011516)



2:35 p.m. EST Wednesday

Follow along with AccuWeather Meteorologist Bernie Rayno and Regina Miller as they track the nor'easter from AccuWeather Studios.


2:01 p.m. EST Wednesday:

More reports of heavy snow continue to come in from southeastern Pennsylvania, including around Glen Mills and West Chester.



12:57 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Heavy snow was reported in Berks County, Pennsylvania, earlier Wednesday morning, including in the Borough of Topton. Elsewhere in the county, the city of Reading closed City Hall at noon due to the snow.

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(Photo/Twitter user @mocee_ty)


Snowfall rates have begun to increase within the last hour in parts of the Northeast as the below satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows.



12:22 p.m. EST Wednesday:

AccuWeather reporter Jonathan Petramala reported thundersnow in the New York City area shortly after 12 p.m.



For earlier reports on the nor'easter, click here.

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