Commuters Affected As Second Snow Storm Hits New York, Surrounding States

Elias Hubbard
March 8, 2018

The nor'easter also brought travel services to a halt. It shifted its focus to New England on Thursday, where it'll linger until Friday.

Fortunately, though the storm will bring plenty of rain, snow and wind, it's not predicted to be as potent as the "bomb cyclone" that battered the region last week.

In New Jersey, the state's major utilities reported more than 300,000 customers without power by late Wednesday, with some left over from last week.

New England Cable News that authorities would have to wait for the storm to pass before they could examine the sea walls, roads and culverts.

What states will be most affected?

It's not just the snow to be on the watch for.The National Weather Service in Boston tweeted that "the biggest concern is downed limbs, trees, power lines", with strong wind gusts and other risks such as lowered visibility and hazardous travel. A mix of rain and snow will continue in Boston into early Thursday morning, after which the storm will move into northern New England.

In Mamaroneck, New York, in Westchester County, frustrations were building as parts of the area waited for power to be restored from the first wallop - while bracing for the next one. Many spots picked up over a foot of snow.

By early Thursday morning the snow will be lingering in Boston and heavy snow will remain in northern New England.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the idea is to ensure people are off the roads by rush hour, when the snowfall is expected to be at its heaviest.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urged residents to use caution.

Some suburban areas more inland of the Northeast cities, however, could see up to 2 feet of snow.

In New Rochelle, New York, resident Nicole Davis said she hasn't had power since last Friday.

The storm is expected to pack wind gusts of 30 to 50 miles per hour. PECO, Pennsylvania's largest electric utility, reported more than 100,000 homes and businesses without power.

"It's kind of very bad", said New York University student Alessa Raiford, who put two layers of clothing on a pug named Jengo before taking him for a walk in slushy, sloppy Manhattan, where rain gave way to wet snow in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service explained that it infrequently occurs during a fierce snowstorm in a similar way to a thunderstorm with rain.

Philadelphia International Airport recorded about 6 inches and New York City received a little over 2.

Coastal flooding remains a threat, especially around high tide which is about noon in St. George.

The service bumped up its snowfall estimates on Wednesday morning, with up to 2 feet (60 cm) expected in some inland parts of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and MA.

"Thundersnow", as the phenomenon is known, is snow paired with lightning and resulting thunder.

How is it affecting travel?

Some 470 flights - almost 37% of the total scheduled - arriving and departing from John F Kennedy International Airport had already been cancelled by 9am (1400 GMT, 10pm Malaysia), along with 550, or 44%, of flights from New Jersey's Newark airport and 485, or 42%, from La Guardia, which operates primarily domestic flights, according to the FlightAware flight tracking site.

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