A severe winter storm slammed New England with snow and freezing rain, forcing residents to clear snow-filled streets and sidewalks.
Severe weather warnings were in effect across the northeastern United States, and ice on roads as far south as North Carolina made travel dangerous.
At the same time, in the west of the country, a storm dumped large amounts of snow on the Sierra Nevada, forcing road closures and leaving thousands of residents of Reno, Nevada, without power.
More than 13,000 customers were still without power in California as of Sunday morning.
Some Massachusetts communities had already received nearly a foot of snow by Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). More than 16,000 customers were without power in that state.
Snow accumulation in coastal areas was slightly less, with Boston reporting just a few inches. But it is forecast to continue snowing throughout the day, with some areas getting more than a foot of snow.
The storm affected Maine, where some locations reported up to a foot of snow, and even more in southern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine. In addition, winds of up to 35 miles per hour are predicted. Moderate to heavy accumulation is expected in Vermont, for total accumulation of between 6 and 12 inches.
The SNM said that “a strong winter storm” will continue through Sunday afternoon, with snow in New England and both rain and freezing rain in the central Appalachian Mountains.
The governor of the state of New York, Kathy Hochul, said Saturday that about two-thirds of the state is expected to receive about 8 inches of snow or more, although “It is not the most populated areas of the state further south, in Long Island and New York City”.
“It will be the first major winter storm of the year and we are ready for it”Hochul told Spectrum News.