Power outages increase as major spring snowstorm hits New England

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By journalsofus.com


A powerful spring coastal storm is battering New England, bringing up to two feet of slushy snow, significant accumulations of sleet and strong gusts that are knocking out power. According to PowerOutage.us, more than 600,000 customers are without power in the Northeast, 450,000 of whom reside in New Hampshire and Maine alone. Winter storm warnings cover all of Vermont and New Hampshire, as well as nearly all counties in Maine and most of eastern New York state, north of Albany.

The same storm dumped one to two feet of snow on parts of northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Tuesday and Wednesday and knocked out power to more than 150,000 customers due to its weight, which snapped trees and power lines.

A massive storm that hit most of the United States during the first week of April brought snow, sleet and coastal flooding to New England. (Video: John Farrell/The Washington Post)

The long-lasting storm began Wednesday in the Northeast and ultimately won’t fully subside until Friday night or Saturday in parts of New Hampshire and Maine.

The snow falls on the cold side of a powerful and far-reaching storm system that has swept across the country. Brought heavy rain, flooding and snow to California during the previous weekend unleashing strong storms in the central and eastern states during the first half of the work week.

A huge swirl of low pressure can be seen over Ohio in weather satellite images. This caused a cold front across the East Coast, along which a new area of ​​low pressure formed south of Long Island. This has been dragging moisture toward the coast and at the same time drawing cold air southward. That mass of frigid air has seeped into the mountains of Massachusetts, where a wintry mix has fallen. Further north, sleet has turned to heavy, wet snow.

Below is a summary of the amount of snow that has fallen so far:

  • 15.2 inches in Greensboro, Vermont.
  • 13.5 inches in Rochester, Vermont.
  • 12.2 inches in Porter, Maine
  • 12.1 inches in Hollis, Maine
  • 12 inches in Eden, Vermont.
  • 11.5 inches in Warren, Vermont.
  • 11 inches in Deerfield, NH
  • 8.2 inches in Plainfield, Massachusetts.
  • 8 inches in Conway, NH
  • 6 inches in Portland, Maine

Moisture enveloping the ongoing storm will continue to bring snow to northeastern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts and much of Maine (mainly west of Interstate 95) through Thursday night. Another 3 to 5 inches is possible in heavier areas.

By Thursday night, the low pressure center may reach Maine, pulling a softer marine air mass into the state, causing snow to turn to freezing rain or a wintry mix well into the state’s interior, as far as the central Maine. Snow will be more intermittent in Vermont and New Hampshire, but will continue to fall steadily in far western and northern Maine.

Snow is likely to continue Friday into Friday night across inland Maine as the low pressure center meanders near the coast. Scattered snow may also continue in the mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and New York and also downwind of Lakes Ontario and Lake Erie.

While precipitation may turn to rain in eastern Maine and along the coast on Friday, snow may briefly return Saturday morning before the area of ​​low pressure finally moves away to the east.

Strong winds and coastal flooding

The storm has featured strong winds, including a gust of 61 mph in Nantucket and 58 mph in Hyannis. Boston had gusts of 59 mph and Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, had gusts of 54 mph.

The Portland International Jetport in Maine had gusts of 53 mph and there were several gusts of 60 to 70 mph on the coast.

Strong winds have contributed to pushing water against the coast. In Boston, water levels are 3.9 feet above normal, and a 2.3-foot rise has been seen so far in the Outer Cape.

Five to 10 inches accumulated across much of Wisconsin, but totals increased to about 12 to 18 inches in high elevations near Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Much of the heavy snow occurred from Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday.

In Marquette, 14 inches fell on April 2 alone, nearly doubling the old calendar-day record of 7.2 inches in 2016. Green Bay picked up 6.5 inches, including a record 5.1 inches on April 2. Totals for this storm exceeded the monthly average. at Green Bay and was close to average at Marquette.

Additional storm snowfall totals include:

  • 14.2 inches east of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
  • 14 inches in Ishpeming, Michigan (southwest of Marquette)
  • 12 inches at Herman, Michigan (west of Marquette)
  • 8 inches in Caledonia, Minnesota (southwest of La Crosse)
  • 6.8 inches in Escanaba, Michigan (along the northern shore of Lake Michigan)
  • 6.5 inches in Dubuque, Iowa
  • 4 inches in Freeport, Illinois.

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