Travel impacted, power outages spike as nor’easter continues assault on Northeast, New England

 In the Poconos of northeastern Pennsylvania, Mount Pocono received 12.5 inches of snow. Farther to the northeast, Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, accumulated about a foot of snow.

A quickly-attacking but powerful nor'easter is making its presence felt across the Northeast and New England as the winter storm continues to lash the region with heavy, wet snow, causing severe travel disruptions on major highways, including Interstate 95 and some major highways. Is affecting the form. One of the busiest airports in the country, while power cuts have started increasing.

Earlier Tuesday morning, forecasters warned that snowfall rates could reach 1-2 inches per hour during the Tuesday morning commute in New York City. That heavy area of snowfall has started to move out of the region and is now moving those high snowfall rates into eastern Long Island and southeastern New England around noon.

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Highway closed, power outages increase in Pennsylvania

Winter weather first hit Pennsylvania on Tuesday, leading to multiple reports of crashes and the closure of northbound Interstate 83 in York County, Pennsylvania.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the highway was closed in Fairview Township due to snow leaving several vehicles stranded on the highway.

So many vehicles became stuck that snow removal equipment could not get off the roads to remove the snow.

Power outages are also becoming a concern in Pennsylvania as outages skyrocket due to heavy, wet snow downing power lines.

As of Tuesday morning, more than 140,000 power outages had been reported in Pennsylvania. Power outages have also started increasing in New Jersey. As of Tuesday morning, nearly 12,000 power outages had been reported.

Nor'easter affecting air travel in Northeast, New England

It's not just roads that are being affected by the nor'easter in the Northeast and New England.

More than 2,000 flights have been canceled as a result of the winter weather, with the majority recorded at New York's LaGuardia International Airport (LGA), New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport (EWK) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Have been done. ,

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) said it has more than 2,100 pieces of equipment working on highways and roads to clear snow and ice.

On Interstate 90, eastbound and westbound, from mile marker 76.5 in Monson to mile marker 59 in Warren, a 40 mph speed restriction was also imposed.

The nor'easter is part of the same system that impacted the Southeast on Monday, causing severe weather for millions of people before moving toward the Northeast, where it will continue to move and strengthen off the East Coast.

The Fox Forecast Center said precipitation from the nor'easter started out as rain in many areas, but winter weather has taken over as the cold air has turned into a winter storm.

More than a foot of snow fell from a nor'easter Tuesday in many parts of eastern Pennsylvania. Shohola, Tobyhanna, Dingmans Ferry and Hazleton all picked up more than a foot.

More than a foot of snow also fell in Montague, New Jersey.

New York City, Providence under winter storm warning

Winter weather warnings extend from West Virginia to Massachusetts, with more than 32 million people under winter storm warnings, including New York City and Providence in Rhode Island.

Winter storm warnings are also in effect for cities like Scranton and Allentown in Pennsylvania, Newark and Trenton in New Jersey, and Bridgeport, New Haven and New London in Connecticut.

Winter weather advisories have also been issued for the entire region, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, Hartford in Connecticut and Boston.

A winter storm warning was issued for Boston on Monday, but they were downgraded to a winter weather advisory as computer forecast models continued to pull the nor'easter farther south.

How much snow will fall from a nor'easter

This blizzard will be fast-moving, with snow expected to last only 12 hours in most locations.

But snow will be falling faster in many areas like New York City, where about 1-2 inches of snowfall is expected per hour by 11 a.m.

With snowfall rates so high, travel on major roads and highways, including I-95 from the Philadelphia metro area to southern New England, may be hazardous.

The New York City tri-state area is expected to see about 5-8 inches of snow, with Boston expected to see only 1-3 inches of snow.

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To the south, more snow is expected in Rhode Island and Connecticut and an additional 3-5 inches of snowfall by the time the storm ends on Tuesday.

Visibility will also be limited to less than half a mile in the heaviest snow patches.

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Coastal flooding and power outages are also a concern, as heavy, wet snow places additional load on trees and power lines. Some areas of the East Coast, including Cape Cod in Massachusetts, will see winds gusting up to 60 mph.

High wind warnings have been issued for coastal areas of Massachusetts, and coastal flood alerts have also been posted along the New Jersey coast and parts of both the New York and New England coasts due to expected flooding during high tide.

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