Storm moving up East Coast dumping snow, knocking out power

Cheryl Sanders
March 10, 2018

The weather pattern that set up early March's bomb cyclone and this week's nor'easter may bring another burst of rain, snow and winds arriving March 11-12.

Last week's storm brought major coastal flooding to MA, killed at least nine people and knocked out power to about 2.4-million homes and businesses in the US North-east. As many as 2 million people were left without power, some some of whom only got it back Tuesday. The damage from fallen trees and power lines still blocked a number of town roads. That would mean more trouble for the Northeast.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy criticized the JCPL for being unprepared for handling the nor'easter everyone knew was coming, promising "a full investigation into responses to the storm".

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through Thursday for most of New England as the storm continues to make its way through.

The Cape and Islands were mostly saved from this storm's wrath, but the nor'east dropped between 5 and 20 inches on other parts of the state.

Storm moving up East Coast dumping snow, knocking out power

"The (third) storm will reach the southern Atlantic coast and may. reorganize, strengthen and turn northward", he said.

When it comes to snowfall, NY should breathe a sigh of relief. "There'll be a lot less falling snow".

Interstate 95 is likely to serve as a key dividing line, with areas to its east mainly getting rain and points west due to get as much as 2 feet of snow, Hennen said.

Some places saw more than 60 centimetres of snow by late Wednesday. Public safety officials are advising people to stay off the roads while plow crews clear snow. Hundreds of schools canceled classes for the day and most courts delayed opening until 10 a.m. Thursday.

This is the second time in less than a week, a storm rolled into the Northeast with wet, heavy snow Wednesday, grounding flights, closing schools and bringing another round of power outages to a corner of the country still recovering from the previous blast of winter.

In New Rochelle, New York, resident Nicole Davis said she hasn't had power since last Friday.

The storm packed gusts of 30 to 50 miles per hour - a far cry from the 90-mph gusts recorded during the weekend storm - but still damaging.

"These storms have now become the rule rather than the exception, and they have to have the capacity to quickly restore power", he said.

The small western CT town of Warren got 28 inches of snow, while Adams in western MA received 26 inches as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Westchester Executive are also looking to investigations of electric company organizations.

Coastal flooding may be possible, although the risk is fairly low with the entry into a period of neap tides.

Some of the biggest snow totals were in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, where several spots were slammed with up to three feet, the National Weather Service said. Known as "thundersnow", it's snow paired with lightning and resulting thunder.

About 16 inches of snow fell in some Philadelphia suburbs while the city reported six inches, reported.

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