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Storm update: The latest power outages and snow totals

  • A person with an umbrella walks downtown at the corner of School Steet and North Main at dusk as the snow started on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER

  • A Concord city plow starts removing snow from the downtown sidewalks as the snow starts around dusk on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER

  • A man gets into a vehicle on a snowbank on the exit to a business along Route 23 during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Wayne, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Julio Cortez

  • A maintenance staffer spreads ice melt in front of the Provincial Towers building in Wilkes Barre, Pa., Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (Dave Scherbenco/The Citizens' Voice via AP) DAVE SCHERBENCO

  • Residents on Mills Street dig out their car after a snowstorm dumped over a foot of snow around the area Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Morristown, N.J. The storm carrying wind, rain and heavy snow was expected to continue into Wednesday night. (Bob Karp/The Record via AP) Bob Karp

  • Men try to shovel a vehicle out of a snowbank along Route 23 during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Wayne, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Julio Cortez

  • A lone commuter waits at the train station as snow falls in Stamford, Conn., Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Connecticut is expected to receive anywhere from 4 to 16 inches of snow. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP) Tyler Sizemore

  • A pedestrian makes his way through the snowstorm that hit the east coast, including Greenwich, Conn., Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an order banning tractor-trailers and tandem trailers on Connecticut highways to help neighboring New York manage its traffic as highway conditions worsen because of the nor'easter. (Bob Luckey Jr./Hearst Connecticut Media via AP) Bob Luckey Jr.

  • The Hilderbrand family, Gianni DeMasi-Hilderbrand, 6, front left, and Olivia Hilderbrand, 9, right, plays in the snow making snow angels at Richter Park in Danbury, Conn., during Wednesday's snowstorm, March 7, 2018. (Carol Kaliff/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP) Carol Kaliff

  • Hakeem Caul uses a shovel to help a family member dig their car out of the snow on Coram Aveue in Shelton, Conn., during the snowstorm that hit the area on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an order banning tractor-trailers and tandem trailers on Connecticut highways to help neighboring New York manage its traffic as highway conditions worsen because of the nor'easter. (Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP) Christian Abraham

  • A man clears snow off of his car on State Street in Danbury, Conn., during Wednesday's snowstorm, March 7, 2018. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an order banning tractor-trailers and tandem trailers on Connecticut highways to help neighboring New York manage its traffic as highway conditions worsen because of the nor'easter. (Carol Kaliff/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP) Carol Kaliff

  • Tow truck operators attach lines to a rolled over tractor trailer during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Wayne, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Julio Cortez

  • A vehicle is seen stuck on a snowbank along Route 23 during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Wayne, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Julio Cortez

  • Men shovel snow while trying to free a vehicle stuck on a snowbank along Route 23 during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Wayne, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Julio Cortez

  • Men push a vehicle stuck on a snowbank along Route 23 during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Wayne, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Julio Cortez

  • "I hate it," Paul Frey said about the incoming storm as he sips coffee to warm up before walking home from Hannaford supermarket in Auburn, Maine, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. "I'm going to be stuck in the house the whole day," Frey said the storm that is expected to bring over a foot of snow to the area. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal via AP) Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

  • Pedestrians walk along Delancey St. during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in New York. The New York metro area was hit with another winter storm Wednesday just days after another nor'easter hammered the region with high winds. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Mary Altaffer

  • A Concord city plow starts removing snow from the downtown sidewalks as the snow starts around dusk on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER

  • Norwalk Police respond and close Creeping Hemlock Road after a tree fell on wires during the snowstorm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Norwalk, Conn. (Alex von Kleydorff/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP) Alex von Kleydorff

  • Morgan Sanders, 83, of Dingman Township, Pa., sits in the garage area of the Dingman Township Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. She and her cats have been staying at the make-shift shelter for several days due to no power at her home. (Butch Comegys/The Scranton Times-Tribune via AP) Butch Comegys

  • People stand near a vehicle stuck on a snowbank along Route 23 during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Wayne, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Julio Cortez

  • Residents sleep inside the Dingman Township Volunteer Fire Department in Dingman Township, Pa., on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, during the second snow storm that hit the region in Northeastern Pennsylvania in less then a week. The fire department has been used as a make-shift shelter for area residents who have no power or water in their homes. Its been running as a shelter since last Friday. ( Butch Comegys / The Scranton Times-Tribune via AP) Butch Comegys

  • Tracie Wilson and her dog Jaya walk down Pierce Street as light snow falls on Thursday morning, Mar. 8, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Peter Audette uses a snow blower in a neighbor's driveway as light snow falls on Thursday morning, Mar. 8, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz


Thursday, March 08, 2018

The latest on a second powerful storm that rumbled through the Northeast:

12:30 p.m.

For the Concord area this snow storm is pretty typical with school closures and plows on the road.

Tracie Wilson was out with her dog Jaya on Pierce Street for their morning walk in Concord.

“Usually there’s not that many people out after the snow like this, but we’re getting a little bit of a late start so we’re running into more of our neighbors out cleaning up,” she said as people cleaned off cars and cleaned sidewalks.

Wilson accepts the weather for what it is. “I live here in New Hampshire so this is what I expect,” she said, but since it’s March she also expects the snow to melt soon.

A few streets over Peter Audette was snow blowing a neighbor’s driveway. “Nothing you can do about the weather,” he said, though he’s wishing for spring.

“Yesterday it was all bare,” he said, pointing to his snow covered backyard. “Oh well.”

The winter storm warning remains in effect until 1 p.m but the national weather service predicts light snow into the evening and chances of snow on Friday and Saturday.

11:51 a.m.

The left lane of I-93 South was closed following an accident near the Bow/Concord line around 11:45 a.m., according to state Department of Transportation, but was reopened about 45 minutes later after the crash was cleared.

Meanwhile, I-95 in Portsmouth has reopened after a downed power line was stretched across both sides of the highway.

Officials say a utility pole snapped on Thursday morning and a wire was knocked down near the Route 33 overpass.

Traffic was brought to a standstill for several hours. The the highway was reopened at about 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 

Traffic is clear and I-95 is open again after being closed for downed power lines. 

9:45 a.m.

Unitil is still reporting about 20,000 New Hampshire customers are without power, still mostly concentrated near the Seacoast. Eversource, in its most recently updated outage map, is reporting progress. Derry, which had more than 4,000 customers without power around 7 a.m., has seen that number cut in half.

Meanwhile, SkiNH sent in the following snow totals at ski areas: Mount Sunapee Resort, 14 inches; Dartmouth Skiway, 14 inches; Pats Peak Ski Area, 12 inches; Ragged Mountain Resort, 12  inches; Black Mountain, 11 inches; Waterville Valley Resort, 11 inches; Gunstock Mountain Resort, 10 inches; King Pine at Purity Spring, 9 inches; Cranmore Mountain Resort, 9 inches; Bretton Woods, 8 inches; Loon Mountain Resort, 6 inches; Cannon Mountain 5 inches.

9:25 a.m.

New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management is coordinating the state’s response to Wednesday’s Nor’easter from the State Emergency Operations Center as crews work around the clock to clear roads and restore power.

“Crews are addressing power outages as quickly as possible, but a few towns will be without power at least into Friday,” Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Perry Plummer said in an emailed statement. “If you are without power, call your utility. The best thing to do now is to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel so road crews and restoration crews can work quickly. If you do head out, remember to go slow, watch for children playing and people cleaning up, and give plows and crews plenty of space.”

The storm dropped heavy, wet snow Wednesday into Thursday with additional inches expected this morning. The National Weather Service reported that much of the state received 6 to 12 inches and reported 18 inches had fallen in Sunapee by 8 a.m. Thursday. The storm will continue to produce snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour in central New Hampshire through Thursday morning. Snow will end from south to north beginning around noon with snow showers continuing in the North Country through the evening.

The snow combined with 35 mph wind gusts knocking down trees and wires and causing thousands of outages concentrated along the seacoast. As of Thursday morning, more than 60,000 customers were without power and more than 250 crews were working to make restorations. Crews have worked continuously since Wednesday to clear roads and restore power and will restore power to a substantial number of customers today. However, some restoration efforts will continue into Friday and possibly into the weekend.

9:15 a.m.

New Hampshire State Police say Interstate 95 in Portsmouth has been closed in both directions because of downed power lines on both sides of the highway, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Police say the wires were knocked down near the Route 33 overpass on Thursday morning. One image from WMUR appeared to show that a utility pole had snapped and a power line was draped across the highway, resting on the median. There was no word on when the highway would reopen.

8:55 a.m.

Nearly 75,000 power outages in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley are being reported by various utilities. There also are thousands of outages in upstate New York.

Con Edison has about 6,500 customers who are still without power from last Friday’s nor’easter. They’re now expected to get their power back by 11 p.m. this Friday.

Snow totals vary wildly in the metropolitan New York City area. Some suburbs saw 2 feet of snow or more.

National Weather Service meteorologist Adrienne Leptich says the “big winner” is New Fairfield, Conn., with a whopping 26.8 inches.

New York City’s biggest total was 4.7 inches, recorded in Little Neck, Queens.

7:30 a.m.

Residents across New England are waking up to cars caked in heavy wet snow, a messy commute and widespread power outages.

The National Weather Service says some areas got more than 2 feet of snow in a storm that started late Wednesday and pummeled the region through the night.

The small western Connecticut town of Warren got 28 inches of snow, while Adams in Western Massachusetts received 26 inches as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday. That’s according to unofficial reports made to the weather service.

The western and central portions of both states were hardest hit.

Burrillville, R.I., got 15 inches.

Connecticut’s two major utilities were reporting more than 125,000 power outages Thursday morning. Massachusetts utilities reported more than 320,000 outages and New Hampshire had about 50,000.

7 a.m.

Power outages in New Hampshire are mostly concentrated in the southern part of the state and the Seacoast area. According to an Eversource’s map, reports of outages are highest south of Manchester. In Derry, more than 4,000 customers are without power. A Unitil outage chart shows more than 20,000 customers have lost power, including more than 2,000 in Exeter, Kingston, Newton and Atkinson.

6:55 a.m.

Hundreds of thousands of utility customers are without power in New Jersey following a second major storm in less than a week.

More than 2 feet of snow fell in parts of northern Jersey on Wednesday, while some central areas had a foot or more of accumulation. Many schools and businesses remained closed Thursday as the cleanup continued.

The state’s major utilities reported more than 247,000 customers without power Thursday morning. Some customers have been without service since last Friday’s destructive nor’easter.

Travel remains treacherous in many areas, and residents were being urged to avoid travel, if possible.

New Jersey Transit had resumed bus service and most of its train service was running on a regular schedule Thursday. The agency continued to cross-honor tickets.

12:15 a.m.

The second major storm in less than a week is moving up the East Coast, dumping heavy snow and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses from Pennsylvania to New England.

Some places saw more than 2 feet of snow by late Wednesday. Montville, New Jersey, got more than 26 inches. North Adams, Massachusetts, registered 24 inches and Sloatsburg, New York, got 26 inches.

Major cities along the Interstate 95 corridor saw much less. Philadelphia International Airport recorded about 6 inches, while New York City’s Central Park saw less than 3 inches.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through Thursday for most of New England as the storm continues to make its way through.