Boston (AP)— Residents across New England scrambled for shovels and snowblowers on Sunday to clean sidewalks and driveways after a big winter storm brought heavy snow and freezing rain. The Northeast had winter storm warnings and watches, and ice roads made driving dangerous as far south as North Carolina.
The Sierra Nevada storm that brought heavy snow to the Northeast shut down a section of highway Saturday and momentarily knocked out power to tens of thousands in Reno. Over 11,000 Californians lost electricity Sunday afternoon.
The National Weather Service reported more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in some Massachusetts cities by Sunday afternoon. Statewide, over 13,000 electric customers were without power Sunday afternoon.
FlightAware tracked hundreds of Logan International Airport planes delayed or canceled Sunday. Boston received a few inches of snow; coastal areas received less. Snow was forecast all day. Lighter snowfall in Cambridge prompted residents to leave.
“I think it’s funny because everyone’s been freaking out about it,” said consultant Alison Conley, 26. “We’ve been betting on how much snow we’ll get, and it’s looking like not much will stick.”
Conley, who was walking her dog Sunny, worried that climate change is causing warmer winter days in the region. Boston is projected to reach the 50s on Wednesday, melting much of the snow. “I think it’s super alarming,” she remarked. “It's weird, but from a selfish standpoint, it's nice to not have snow.”
Maine received up to 12 inches (30 cm) of snow from the storm, with southern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine receiving more. Winds up to 35 mph (56 kph) might blow and drift snow. Vermont expects 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) of moderate to heavy snow.
Snow in New England and showers and freezing rain in the central Appalachian highlands were anticipated until Sunday evening. New York City had mostly rain, while north and west counties had double-digit snowfall by Sunday morning. A foot of snow fell in Millbrook, Dutchess County, 75 miles north of New York. Port Jervis, Orange County, reported 13 inches.
On Saturday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul predicted 8 inches (20 cm) of snow for two-thirds of the state, “fortunately missing some of our more populated areas downstate, the Long Island and New York City.”
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