© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Individuals stroll within the snow within the Manhattan borough of New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., January 20, 2022. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
By Caitlin Ochs
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The northeastern United States was walloped by a fierce winter storm on Saturday that threatened to drop greater than two ft (60 cm) of snow whereas packing excessive winds, prompting governors in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and different states to declare states of emergency.
The Nor’easter blanketed a big swath of New England with heavy snowfall. With the storm ongoing, some coastal areas of New Jersey already recorded 15 inches (38 cm) of accumulation whereas Lengthy Island, New York braced for one more foot (30 cm) of snow.
“It is excessive winds, heavy snow, blizzard situations – all the weather of a traditional nor’easter,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul mentioned at a information briefing, warning of frigid temperatures in a single day. “This may very well be life-threatening.”
A number of states alongside the northeast coast declared emergencies in response to the storm, which shaped within the Atlantic Ocean off the Carolinas and was forecast to proceed depositing snow by means of Saturday night because it moved north.
“It is actually these coastal areas which can be going to be most impacted,” mentioned Nationwide Climate Service meteorologist Marc Chenard, including that highly effective winds might trigger minor to average flooding in communities near the shore.
Predicting as much as two ft of snow in his state, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee issued a statewide journey ban for all passenger vehicles and joined surrounding states in banning tractor-trailers from the roads.
The storm prompted airways to cancel practically 6,000 flights by means of the weekend, Amtrak to halt its passenger rail service throughout a lot of the area, and the principle commuter line for Lengthy Island to droop its operations for no less than one full day.
Up to now energy outages had been restricted in many of the impacted states excluding Massachusetts, the place 114,000 out of two.6 million prospects had been with out electrical energy, in keeping with PowerOutage.us.
Talking with reporters at round midday (1700 GMT) on Saturday, Hochul mentioned the storm had not progressed as shortly as forecast, pushing again the state’s timetable for cleansing up. Hochul predicted that the hardest-hit counties – Nassau and Suffolk, which have already got obtained 7 to 11 inches (18-28 cm) of snow – might get one other 5 to 12 inches (13-30 cm) by 6 p.m.
“This storm lingered,” Hochul mentioned.
The climate could have contributed to the dying of an aged girl who was discovered early on Saturday morning in a lodge car parking zone in Uniondale together with her automotive window open, in keeping with an officer on the Nassau County Police Division in Lengthy Island.
The Nationwide Climate Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Boston metropolitan space and its practically 4.9 million residents, predicting “whiteout situations” and damaging winds.
Forecasters mentioned greater than two ft of snow might fall in some areas with wind gusts of 70 miles (113 km) per hour. Southeastern Massachusetts, together with Cape Cod and the island of Martha’s Winery, had been anticipated to get the very best snow totals.
The storm hit practically 44 years to the day after a monstrous blizzard crippled New England in 1978. Dumping greater than 27 inches (70 cm) of snow on Boston, that storm killed dozens of individuals, trapped others of their houses and shut down main highways for every week.
“This storm is trying prefer it may very well be one for the document books,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu mentioned in a CBS TV interview on Saturday. “We aren’t solely anticipating an entire lot of snow, however it’s going to come down actually fast in probably the most intense hours.”