Monster Storm Continues Wrecking Havoc In Tri-State Area


The following is from A wicked nor’easter will continue to hammer the Northeast with battering winds, snow and flooding today. More power lines and trees could be toppled, especially through the first half of the day, while travel will be dangerous to impossible.

The worst of the storm in terms of snow and wind is hitting an area from southern New York, including New York City, Binghamton and Elmira, to northern Pennsylvania, especially the Poconos, and northwestern New Jersey.

Many places in this zone were already buried by up to 1-2 feet of snow by early Friday morning. Snow totals in a couple of spots could even approach the 3-foot mark.

Travel will be extremely difficult and even impossible at times across upstate New York to the Poconos, especially where massive snow drifts, downed trees or abandoned cars will hinder clean-up efforts. Highways could even be shut down for many hours.

Drier air has wrapped into the storm, providing parts of upstate New York and southern New England with a break from snowy and wet weather. However, more snow and rain will return by later today.

Snow showers will frequent areas to the west over parts of central and western Pennsylvania, western New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and the mountains of West Virginia.

The storm will slowly weaken from here on out as it takes a slow and dizzying path from Long Island to northern New Jersey and then northward to southern New England by Saturday.

By this evening, the heaviest snow and strongest winds will be letting up, but travel problems will continue with any additional snow and blowing snow into the weekend.

Many trees and power lines have been toppled throughout the Northeast, littering roads and falling onto cars and houses.

Tens of thousands of customers have had their power cut by either wind toppling trees onto power lines or snow weighing the power lines down. More communities could be impacted by outages today with wind gusts reaching up to 45-60 mph across the Northeast.

A man was killed by a large tree branch weighed down by snow in Central Park in New York City on Friday. According to the Associated Press, this was one of at least three deaths attributed to the vigorous storm.

Strong onshore winds will cause more flooding along the New England coast today.

Story by Meghan Evans