A nor’easter barreled across the Northeast knocking out power for nearly 300,000 customers and causing travel chaos with canceled flights and hazardous driving conditions.
More than 26 million Americans were under winter storm warnings, watches or advisories, and more than 40 million face high wind advisories or watches.
New York City could see up to three inches of snowfall, but six to 18 inches of snow is likely from northeastern Pennsylvania and far northwestern New Jersey through much of upstate New York and New England.
Nearly 300,000 customers in the Northeast were left without power which included 99,316 in New York, 72,389 customers impacted in Massachusetts, about 68,720 in New Hampshire, and in Vermont there were 36,039 customers left powerless, according to power outage tracker PowerOutage.US.
A ground stop temporarily halted planes at New York’s LaGuardia Airport that is causing ongoing delays. There have been 845 flight cancelations within, into or out of the US today, with the majority of them in the Northeast.
A nor’easter barreled across the Northeast knocking out power for nearly 300,000 customers and causing travel chaos with canceled flights and hazardous driving conditions. Pictured: Passengers board the southbound Amtrak Vermonter in Waterbury, Vermont on Tuesday
New Hampshire troopers have responded to more than 60 weather related calls since the storm hit Tuesday. They urge motorists to avoid unnecessary travel until conditions improve
Desiree Besner clears the sidewalk with her youngest, Camille, strapped to her chest while enlisting help of her children, Ryu, from left, Ezra, and Karma at their home in Auburn, N.Y.
Nearly 300K customers were left without power as a nor’easter slammed the Northeast Tuesday causing travel chaos with canceled flights and hazardous driving conditions
By the time the multi-day nor’easter blows through Wednesday, snow totals are expected to range from a few inches to a few feet, depending on the area.
The National Weather Service said that in New York, two inches of snow per hour or more was falling in higher elevations, in the eastern Catskills through the mid-Hudson Valley, central Taconics and Berkshires.
At Syracuse Hancock International Airport this morning, a plane full of 61 passengers headed for LaGuardia Airport went off the taxiway.
Delta Airlines Flight 1718 – was on the taxiway at 7:30 a.m. when it went off and ended up in grass off the tarmac, according to a news release from airport officials.
A Delta airline flight lands as crews remove snow from the Albany International Airport during the winter snow storm that blew through on Tuesday
A roadway caution sign is seen on the New York Thruway as motorists commute on Tuesday
Election Day in Derry, N.H. must go on! Michael Layon, left, a school board candidate, with Dave Granese, a councilor-at-large candidate, keep campaigning despite the storm
Snow piles up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts as a winter storm threatened to wreak havoc in the Northeast and could dump up to three inches of heavy, wet snow in the Big Apple
Line crews are seen around the Berkshires to attend to the many downed power lines and trees during Tuesday’s nor’easter, which caused widespread damages and power outages
New England and parts of New York are bracing for a winter storm due to last into Wednesday
At Syracuse Hancock International Airport this morning, a plane full of 61 passengers went off the taxiway. The Delta Airbus A220-100 was headed for LaGuardia Airport
The Federal Aviation Administration said it would investigate the incident. The airport is still open and operating as usual, officials said
In a statement Delta said that ‘the nose gear of a Delta aircraft exited the paved surface of a taxiway. This was not an airplane skidding off a runway. There are no reported injuries. Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people.’
‘Customers have been safely deplaned from the aircraft via air stairs and back to the terminal,’ the statement said. ‘We will rebook customers to their final destinations as needed; we apologize to them for the delay in their travel plans.’
The Federal Aviation Administration said it would investigate the incident. The airport is still open and operating as usual, officials said.
Syracuse is under a winter storm warning with snow that ‘could be heavy at times’ according to the National Weather Service forecast for the area (NWS).
The winter storm could dump up to three inches of heavy, wet snow in the Big Apple. Pictured: A person walks in the wet snow in Brooklyn on Tuesday
Wet snow continued throughout the day in New York City on Tuesday but temperatures are limiting accumulations
A delivery person rides through the snow and wind during the storm in lower Manhattan
LaGuardia Airport issued a ground stop Tuesday morning that is causing ongoing delays. Flights have resumed, but are averaging delays of about two hours
In Albany, travelers at the Albany International Airport make arrangements after their flights were canceled during Tuesday’s winter storm
The airport in Albany, New York, which began clearing snow on Monday night, was open, but canceled 16 morning departures early Tuesday
NWS said expected snow totals from the storm, which is expected to wind up Wednesday, range from a foot to 18 inches in higher elevations in Massachusetts, to 4 to 6 inches in Boston
The National Weather Service said that in New York, two inches of snow per hour or more was falling in higher elevations, in the eastern Catskills through the mid-Hudson Valley, central Taconics and Berkshires
Wet, heavy snow snapped tree branches and downed power lines across New York’s capital region. More than 30,000 homes and businesses in the Albany area were without power
WHAT IS A NOR’EASTER?
Nor’easters are large, intense areas of low pressure that typically develop off the East Coast during the late fall, winter and early spring.
The storms are called ‘nor’easters’ because they usually bring strong northeast winds over the East as they move north along the Atlantic Coast.
Nor’easters often bring heavy rain, heavy snow and severe coastal flooding to the East.
- The notorious Blizzard of 1888
- The Ash Wednesday storm of March 1962
- The New England Blizzard of February 1978
- The March 1993 ‘Superstorm’
- The Boston snowstorms of January and February 2015
Source: The National Weather Service
The airport in Albany, New York, which began clearing snow on Monday night, was open, but canceled 16 morning departures early Tuesday.
Bradley International Airport in Connecticut also was open and clearing snow; about 15 percent of its flights were canceled.
Snow was falling at rates of up to three inches per hour in some areas.
‘We are advising those who live in these areas not to travel at this time,’ the New York State Police tweeted.
‘This is shaping up to be a unique winter storm for our small state in that there will be big differences in snowfall amounts depending on where you are located,’ said Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, who ordered all executive branch state office buildings closed.
‘Some towns may receive a significant snowfall total, while others may receive a fraction of that amount or maybe even just rain.’
Wet, heavy snow snapped tree branches and downed power lines across New York’s capital region. More than 30,000 homes and businesses in the Albany area were without power.
The snowfall totals will be among the highest of the season, said meteorologist Andrew Orrison of the weather service office in College Park, Maryland.
‘It has been below average for snowfall across the Northeast this year, and so this nor’easter will be very impactful,’ he said.
Rain was turning into snow across parts of New England and winds were picking up.
In New Hampshire, it was Election Day for town officeholders, but more than 70 communities postponed voting because of the storm.
‘We know that the driving conditions are going to be treacherous,’ Patrick Moody of AAA New England said.
The weather service said expected snow totals from the storm, which is expected to wind up Wednesday, range from a foot to 18 inches in higher elevations in Massachusetts, to 4 to 6 inches in Boston.
Higher elevations in southwest New Hampshire could get up to 2 feet of snow, and Augusta, Maine, could see 8 inches to a foot.
Young entrepreneurs and Brattleboro, Vermont residents, Beckett Mann, from left, 14, Wyatt Mann, 14, and Ethan Braden, 13, shovel out the driveways in the neighborhood Tuesday
The powerful winter storm toppled a tree onto a house in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on Tuesday
National Grid lineman Jim Sheeran, left, and Matthew Jukes fix a primary power line in Ballston Lake, N.Y. during the winter storm that pummeled the Northeast region on Tuesday
A is blasted by waves crashing onshore during the nor’easter in Lynn, Massachusetts Tuesday
Meanwhile, over on the West Coast, California is getting battered yet again with another storm. San Francisco International Airport was experiencing delays averaging 1 hour and 20 minutes citing ‘weather/wind.’
‘Double-Whammy! Storm-weary Californians are facing another strong Atmospheric River Event and the Northeast is bracing for a powerful Nor’easter,’ the National Weather Service tweeted. ‘Widespread considerable flood threats in California. Dangerous to impossible travel in the Northeast from snow, and coastal flooding.’
The storm in the Northeast came as California continued to face severe weather.
Forecasters warned of more flooding, potentially damaging winds and difficult travel conditions on mountain highways as a new atmospheric river pushed into the already swamped state this morning.
Initial precipitation was light as the system spread across northern and central regions. But the National Weather Service said it was intensifying, and the heaviest rainfall was still offshore.
The system was expected to be a quick hit, rapidly moving from north to south. But authorities worried about runoff causing flooding because California’s extraordinarily wet winter has left soils supersaturated.
So far this winter, the state has been battered by 10 previous atmospheric rivers, long plumes of moisture from the Pacific Ocean, as well as powerful storms fueled by arctic air that produced blizzard conditions.
Meanwhile, California is getting battered yet again. San Francisco International Airport was experiencing delays averaging 1 hour and 20 minutes citing ‘weather/wind’
The storm in the Northeast came as California continued to face severe weather. Pictured: Floodwaters surround homes and vehicles in the community of Pajaro in Monterey County
A sheriff’s deputy drives through floodwaters in the community of Pajaro in Monterey County
More dangerous flooding was expected on the central coast, where a levee was breached as the Pajaro River swelled with runoff from an atmospheric river last week. Pictured: Floodwaters surround a home in the community of Pajaro
Northern California has been hit by another atmospheric river that has brought heavy rains and flooding throughout the region. Pictured: Patrick Cerruti (L) and his wife Pamela Cerruti (R) take coins out of washing machines inside the flooded Pajaro Coin Laundry on Tuesday
Pamela Cerruti pushes a cart filled with a bag of coins out of the flooded Pajaro Coin Laundry
More dangerous flooding was expected on the central coast, where a levee was breached as the Pajaro River swelled with runoff from an atmospheric river last week.
The Pajaro River’s first levee rupture grew to at least 400 feet since it failed late Friday, officials said. More than 8,500 people were forced to evacuate, and about 50 people had to be rescued as the water rose that night.
Along the Southern California coast, evacuation orders were scheduled to take effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Santa Barbara County for several areas that were burned by wildfires in recent years.
Burned soil can be water-repellent, increasing the risk of flash floods and flows of debris such as downed trees, according to the National Weather Service.
Authorities had not received reports of any deaths or missing persons related to the storm as of Monday afternoon.