Winter storm hits northeastern US with snow, thunderstorms – San Bernardino Sun


NEW YORK (AP) – A dangerous winter storm brought significant snowfall, strong thunderstorms and strong winds to the northeastern United States over the holiday Monday.

A 30cm layer of snow is forecast for parts of New England, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania through Tuesday morning, and more than 80,000 customers in the area were without power as of Monday morning.

Forecasters in Buffalo, New York, said the snow was falling fast, pouring more than 16 inches (40 centimeters) by 8 a.m. The city recommends that people refrain from non-essential travel on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Several surrounding towns have enacted travel bans.

“Oh! (Latest) 1 a.m. snow measurement is 4.6 inches in last hour at Buffalo Airport!” National Weather Service in Buffalo tweeted overnight. last hour ended at 2am! Total so far since the late evening of the Sun – 10.2 inches.”

New York City and Boston were not affected by the heaviest snowfall, which is accumulating at higher elevations in western Massachusetts, eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New England.

A severe thunderstorm warning remained in effect for New York City early Monday, and high winds made travel in the area difficult.

“We’ve had a very strong low-pressure area moving up the coast, with quite a bit of snow from Tennessee, North Carolina,” said meteorologist Marc Chenard at the weather service headquarters in College Park. to the northeast”. , Maryland.

The heaviest snowfall to date has been in the mountains of North Carolina, more than a foot high, Chenard said.

“The bigger cities — New York, Boston — warm up, there it rains,” he said.

Forecasters say wind gusts in New York City could reach speeds of about 45 mph (72 km/h) and about 60 mph (97 km/h) on Long Island.

Howling winds spread the flames that consumed a motel and two other structures in coastal Salisbury, Massachusetts, early Monday.

In New Hampshire, the state has closed five COVID-19 testing sites as well as a vaccine clinic.

Wind and rain are the main threats to much of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Snow time turns to rain overnight. NWS meteorologists in Boston say gusts could reach 70 mph (113 km/h).

The massive winter system brought similar conditions on Sunday to the Southeast, where thousands remained without power on Monday. Several states have reported several inches of snow, and two people died Sunday in North Carolina when their car veered off the road and hit a tree in the median as the storm blew mixed rainfall through.

Severe lightning in Florida created a tornado with winds of 118 mph (190 km/h), destroying 30 mobile homes and severely damaging 51 others. Three people with minor injuries were reported.

Wet roads in the South are expected to freeze on Monday, creating icy conditions for motorists.

Plow trucks dot the roads and highways up the East Coast, clearing the way for visitors. Several crashes were reported early in the morning, including an ambulance involving a plane wreck on Interstate 279 in Pittsburgh, KDKA-TV reported. It is not clear if anyone was injured. Winter storm hits northeastern US with snow, thunderstorms – San Bernardino Sun

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