Thousands lose power as a winter storm dumps a lot of rain on the Northeast: live updates

On Wednesday, thousands of households lost power, travel was delayed, schools were shuttered, and flood warnings and strong wind advisories were in effect from New Jersey up through Maine as the catastrophic winter storm continued to pound rain throughout the region.Forecasters state that severely saturated, snow-covered ground combined with up to three inches of rain increases the likelihood of flooding, especially along low-lying and coastal locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. The storm is expected to weaken as it passes out of the Northeast on Wednesday afternoon, according to the forecast agency.

More than 250,000 utility customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York State were without power as of seven in the morning. All around New England, winds above 50 mph were observed, with gusts getting as high as 60 mph near the North Atlantic Coast. Many school districts had to either postpone or cancel classes completely due to the storm.The storm on Tuesday brought strong winds, blizzard conditions, and torrential rain to over 30 states and over 2 million square miles. Strong thunderstorms and tornadoes tore over the South, leaving at least four reported dead and several others injured.
At least three tornadoes were formally confirmed in the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday, with wind gusts as high as 106 mph. The NWS will deploy three tornado survey teams.

Severe Winter Weather Impacts: Snowstorms, Power Outages, and Arctic Blast

The procession of snowstorms is just the beginning. Jonathan Porter, Chief Meteorologist at AccuWeather, predicts that cold air, comparable to real artic air, will reach the Central United States by Friday. By Sunday, many regions won’t be able to observe temperatures over 0 degrees Fahrenheit.Due to a possible “bomb cyclone” blizzard, the polar vortex in the Midwest next week may cause both an arctic blast and the first major snowstorm to hit the East Coast in years.

The Pacific Northwest is forecast to have further precipitation through Thursday, with blizzard conditions, snow squalls, and heavy snowfall anticipated, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is predicted to enter the Midwest later this week.
Even though the heavy rain moved out of the area early on Wednesday, gusts of up to 60 mph fell trees and knocked over power lines, leaving more than 140,000 people without power in New York State.More than 100,000 utility customers in Pennsylvania and 80,000 customers in North Carolina were without power as of six in the morning.On Wednesday morning, power was still out in some areas of the Midwest where snowfall has reduced since this week’s blizzard. More than 44,000 electricity consumers in the freezing cold

Multiregional Winter Storm: Severe Weather, Flooding, and Anticipated Snowfall

The same system brought winds of up to 65 mph to the Northeast and up to 15 inches of snow to the Midwest.Over three inches of heavy rain induced by snowmelt in the Northeast significantly hampered travel by flooding roadways.Up to thirty inches of snow have already been deposited by the storm in the Pacific Northwest.

The system is expected to move through the Rocky Mountain and Sierra Nevada ranges on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving behind several feet of snow. After that, it will turn eastward and bring with it another round of severe weather, this time extending from Texas into the Carolinas and perhaps producing tornadoes.Another big snowstorm in the north is expected to drop up to a foot of snow from Nebraska to Michigan.Storms are expected to sweep into the Northeast on Friday night and Saturday early, possibly bringing with them up to 4 inches of heavy rain and the potential for flooding.

Winter Storms Continue to Endanger Lives and Cause Power Outages in the US

At least five fatalities have been attributed to Tuesday’s severe weather across the United States, according to local officials, and the most recent forecast indicates that there will be more winter storms.Hundreds of thousands of customers nationwide lost power on Wednesday, with Pennsylvania and New York suffering the worst.In the Northeast, although the rain has stopped for the time being, rivers may still overrun their banks throughout the next two days. The Pawtuxet River in Rhode Island and the Pompton and Passaic rivers in New Jersey might experience significant flooding stages.

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