Winter storm hits east coast with deep snow and high winds – KXAN Austin

BOSTON (AP) — A storm with gusty winds near hurricane force hit the northeast on Saturday, dropping heavy snowfall, causing coastal flooding and threatening widespread power outages as residents Forecasters warned that conditions would worsen and then be followed by freezing cold.

The Northeast beat parts of 10 states and some major population centers, including Philadelphia, New York and Boston. By noon, more than 18 inches (45 centimeters) of snow had fallen on parts of the Jersey Shore and eastern Long Island.

The areas closest to the Atlantic coast have suffered. Boston, in the northeast sights, could receive more than 2 feet (61 centimeters) of snow. Winds were gusting to 70 mph (113 km/h) or more in several places in Massachusetts, including Nantucket Island and Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod.

Most flights to and from airports serving New York, Boston and Philadelphia were canceled on Saturday, according to FlightAware. More than 4,500 flights have been canceled across the United States. Amtrak canceled all of its Acela high-speed trains between Boston and Washington and canceled or limited other services.

Across the region, residents hunkered down to avoid whiteout conditions and prickly snow thrown up by high winds. Trade closed or open late.

In suburban Boston, a bundled-up Nicky Brown, 34, stood outside Gordon’s liquor store in Waltham, waiting for it to open.

“My boyfriend drives a plow, and I had a bunch of housework to do, and I want to have a drink while I do it,” she said, as she called the store to whether he was planning to open. at all. “It’s a good day to stay indoors and clean.”

Video on social media showed wind and waves battering North Weymouth, south of Boston, flooding the streets with a slush of freezing water. Another video showed an underwater street in Nantucket and waves crashing against the windows of a building in Plymouth.

In the seaside town of Newburyport, near the New Hampshire border, authorities have encouraged residents along the shore to move to higher ground.

More than 100,000 homes and businesses have lost power in Massachusetts as outages mount. No other states reported widespread outages.

The storm had two saving graces: dry snow less able to snap trees and destroy power lines, and its timing on a weekend, when schools were closed and few people were on the move.

Parts of 10 states were under blizzard warning: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, as well as much of the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Officials in all of those states have warned people to stay off the roads.

Rhode Island, which was under a blizzard warning, banned all non-emergency road travel.

In West Hartford, Connecticut, a tractor-trailer jackknifed on Interstate 84, closing several lanes. Massachusetts has banned heavy trucks from interstate highways.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul advised people to stay home as the storm lingered longer than expected, and she warned of subzero wind chills after it passed. The state had declared a state of emergency on Friday evening.

“It’s a very severe, very severe storm. We prepared for this. It could be life threatening,” Hochul said. “It’s high winds, heavy snow, blizzard conditions – all the elements of a classic northeast.”

Long Island police said they must help motorists stuck in the snow. New York City was expecting up to 30 centimeters of snow by mid-afternoon.

In Philadelphia, where 6 inches (15 centimeters) fell early Saturday, few drivers ventured through streets covered in knee-high galleries.

Delaware only allowed essential personnel to drive in two of its three counties.

Virginia, where a blizzard this month stranded hundreds of motorists for hours on Interstate 95, didn’t hesitate to prepare.

Ocean City, Maryland, recorded at least a foot (30 centimeters) of snow. Maryland State Police tweeted that soldiers had received more than 670 calls for service and responded to more than 90 accidents by mid-morning.

Hardy New Englanders took the storm in stride.

Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray jokingly invited the public to his suburban Boston home on Saturday for a free snow removal clinic.

“I will provide the walkway and multiple walkways to ensure your training takes place in the most realistic situation,” he said.

Washington and Baltimore had some snow but were largely spared. The worst of the northeast was expected to blow Sunday morning over Canada, where several provinces were under warning.

Catalini reported from Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Associated Press video reporter Rodrique Ngowi in Boston and writers David Collins in Hartford, Connecticut contributed to this report; Jeff McMillan in Scranton, Pennsylvania; and Ron Todt in Philadelphia;