some people along the East Coast woke up to more than a foot of snow as a powerful nor’easter moved through on Saturday.
The storm swept parts of 10 states across the East Coast, hitting metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia and New York, causing blizzard conditions in some areas, canceling hundreds of flights at major hubs, and knocking out power for thousands of people.
More than 114,000 power outages were reported Saturday afternoon in Massachusetts, according to a power outage map. New York is also reporting over 12,000 outages.
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The National Weather Center predicted Saturday morning that total snowfall accumulations would amount to over a foot along much of the Northeast, with areas of Massachusetts, including Boston, expected to get up to 2 feet of snow. The deluge would make travel “nearly impossible,” the weather service said.
Current radar loop depicts an area of moderate-to-heavy snow extending from the Delmarva Peninsula to Eastern Massachusetts. The combination with gusty winds will continue producing nearly impossible travel at times today along immediate coastal regions and parts of New England. pic.twitter.com/npFnPghT7s
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) January 29, 2022
LaGuardia Airport reported that more than 98% of scheduled flights were canceled Saturday, and a flight board for Boston Logan International Airport also showed nearly all Saturday’s flights as canceled. Amtrak also has limited service or suspended it entirely in portions of the area stretching from Washington, DC, to Boston, according to NBC.
More than 98% of scheduled flights today have been canceled so far due to the storm (556 flights in all). Please check with your carrier on flight status before heading to the airport, and be safe! pic.twitter.com/pxwF2CDux4
— LaGuardia Airport. Wear a Face Cover. (@LGAairport) January 29, 2022
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul urged residents Saturday to “stay home, stay warm and stay safe” on Twitter.
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Several states, including Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island, issued state of emergency orders ahead of the storm.
No injuries have been reported in connection to the storm.