Millions remain under blizzard warning as northeast hits northeast
In the northeast, around 16 million people were under some kind of winter weather warning on Saturday evening. Of these, seven million were under blizzard warning.
Blizzard warnings are expected to remain in effect through Sunday morning for eastern Massachusetts and most of Maine.
A blizzard, as defined by the National Weather Service, requires blowing snow or snowfall, winds of at least 35 miles per hour, and visibility of a quarter mile or less for at least three hours.
Light to moderate snowfall will continue into the evening, with snow expected to end in eastern Massachusetts by 11 p.m., the governor’s office said.
Parts of eastern Massachusetts, Long Island and Rhode Island experienced more than two feet of snow and blizzard conditions, and a few areas of Massachusetts experienced hurricane-force wind gusts, with Cape Cod taking the hits strongest winds.
The town of Sharon, Mass., recorded a staggering 30.4 inches of snowfall Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Boston’s Logan Airport had recorded at least 23.3 inches of snow Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service, making Saturday the snowiest January day Boston has recorded. The previous record was set on January 27, 2015, when the city received 22.1 inches of snowfall.
Boston may also soon break its all-time single-day snowfall record of 23.6 inches, set on February 17, 2003.
“It’s coming fast and hard, and so it’s historic,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu told CNN Saturday night.
“Hang on for 24 hours, and tomorrow you can go back and resume some of your normal activities,” Tom Guthlein, Rhode Island’s acting director of emergency management, said early Saturday.
Some regions smash snowfall records
In Atlantic City, New Jersey, howling winds whipped snow to the side earlier Saturday, and a CNN crew there could barely see anything a block away. The city on Saturday broke its all-time record for January snowfall, hitting a staggering monthly total of 33.2 inches of snowfall. It had received about 19.2 inches before the storm and added another 14 inches on Saturday, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said Saturday afternoon. The previous monthly record of 20.3 inches was set in January 1987.
The city’s 14 inches of snow on Saturday also broke its previous record for the calendar date, which was set in 2014 at 7.3 inches.
As the storm unleashed, several other areas broke previous snowfall records from January 29, including New York’s Central Park, which recorded 7.3 inches, beating the previous record of 4.7 inches set in 1904, and Philadelphia, which saw 5.8 inches of snow Saturday, breaking the previous record of 5 inches, also set in 1904.
Up to 2 feet of snow could fall Sunday morning from Long Island to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, CNN forecasters said.
Power outages in Massachusetts, with flooding in streets along the coast
In parts of the East Coast, high winds caused power outages.
In Nantucket, floodwaters blanketed Easy Street and slammed into some homes on Saturday morning, video recorded by Blair Perkins showed.
High winds and snow pushed over several trees across the island while some areas were out of power due to downed wires, Nantucket Fire Chief Stephen Murphy told CNN Saturday afternoon. Several roads were also closed due to flooding, the chief said.
“We have coastal flooding when we get these kinds of storms, but today was pretty intense,” Jason Graziadei, editor of the local Nantucket Current newsletter, told CNN Saturday afternoon. “People (are) kind of just hunkered down here.”
Scituate, a coastal Massachusetts town southeast of Boston, experienced light to moderate flooding at high tide Saturday morning, with water splashing over the levees, town administrator Jim Boudreau told CNN. .
High winds reached more than 70 mph, Boudreau said Saturday afternoon.
“When you have wind like that with the snow, the snow is almost like needles falling on people,” he said. “Visibility has been close to zero, we’re clearing the roads as fast as we can, as fast as we get the snow off the roads the wind blows it away.”
In Marshfield, another coastal town in Massachusetts, about 4 feet of water broke through the levee at high tide, city administrator Michael A. Maresco told CNN.
In Quincy, a town just south of Boston, the mayor warned people to stay indoors, saying even snowplow operators couldn’t drive when the snowfall is heaviest.
“There’s no way the plows are working when they can’t see in front of their face,” Mayor Thomas Koch told CNN on Saturday. “Even after the storm is over, we will plow for many hours afterwards, to keep up with the wind blowing it.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation issued a travel ban for large trucks on interstate highways on Saturday due to severe winter weather forecasts.
Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm and told CNN on Saturday afternoon that the state expects to record some of its highest snowfall totals. during the storm.
Blizzard-like conditions led Amtrak to cancel train service Saturday for various routes, including Acela service between Washington, DC and Boston as well as regional service between Boston and New York, the company announced Friday.
Snow is accumulating quickly on Long Island and New Jersey
The governors of New York and New Jersey have also declared states of emergency.
As a precaution, all Long Island Rail Road services were suspended Saturday morning, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.
Snowplow crews will work through Saturday night in Suffolk County on Long Island, but freezing temperatures and persistent snowfall will complicate efforts to clear roads through Sunday, the county executive said, Steve Bellone.
In Nassau County, where officials said snowfall totals ranged from 10 to 18 inches, County Executive Bruce Blakeman said Saturday that strong gusts of wind were expected later in the evening and urged residents to stay at home.
“The snow is dangerous, but the wind is more dangerous,” Blakeman said, adding that there were more than 50 car crashes Saturday morning, but roads later in the day remained virtually empty apart from traffic jams. snow plow.
“If everyone stays off the roads, lets our workers do their jobs, by noon tomorrow I think we’ll have that under control, and I think the roads will be a lot safer,” he said. declared.
He asked residents to be patient and stay away from covered roads.
“It will take us a few days to dig this one, and that’s probably the realistic scenario,” Murphy said.
Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas and elsewhere
The governors of Maryland and Virginia have declared states of emergency in their states.
On Saturday evening, parts of the Virginia coast received at least nine inches and coastal parts of Maryland and Delaware received more than 12 inches.
Parts of interior North Carolina and South Carolina received more than 2 inches of snowfall, with higher amounts in the mountains of North Carolina.
CNN’s Brynn Gingras, Brian Todd, Artemis Moshtaghian, Liam Reilly, Tyler Mauldin, David Williams, Haley Brink and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.