One spring nor’easter Snow has fallen at least a foot across parts of New York and Pennsylvania, leading to power outages and the closure of businesses and schools.
More than 240,000 customers were without power on Tuesday morning Northeast. New York suffered the most power outages with more than 160,000, while Pennsylvania had more than 50,000, according to PowerOutage.us.
Piseco, in upstate New York, saw the heaviest snowfall Tuesday morning, with 14 inches above the ground. Broome County to the south is just a step away and implements a travel ban.
Heavy, wet snow is falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour throughout upstate New York.
In Syracuse, rapid snowfall and power outages forced many schools and businesses to close.
Forecasters say the snow is expected to gradually decrease during the day, but before another 3 to 6 inches. The highest total would be in the Adirondack Mountains.
High winds will persist through the night, long after the snow has stopped.
Nantucket, Massachusetts, will likely see gusts of 43 mph, while Islip, on New York’s Long Island, will see gusts of 39 mph.
An “unusually cold air mass” in the east will remain until midweek, according to the National Weather Service.
“A handful of daily record highs and lows are forecast in parts of the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast for today,” the weather service said.
About 40 million people were put under frost and frost warnings on Tuesday morning, stretching from the central plains to the mid-Atlantic.
Temperatures 15 to 25 degrees below average will make Tuesday and Wednesday’s peaks feel more like March than April.
The area will have a chance to thaw over the weekend when warming is expected.