Winter storm blasts Northeast with heavy snow; triggers thousands of power outages
More than 100,000 customers from the Great Lakes to New England lost power during the winter storm. Areas along I-95 from the New York City tri-state area and points southward saw rain from the storm system
Although March is the first month of meteorological spring, a powerful winter storm produced heavy snow and high winds to millions of people from the Great Lakes to the Northeast on Saturday.
The area of low pressure was the same storm system the spawned severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across the South and was blamed for the deaths of at least a dozen people.
More than 6 inches of snow was expected to pile up across southern Michigan and a half-foot or more was anticipated to fall over some communities in northern New England.
Due to the treacherous weather, various winter weather alerts were issued across the interior Northeast from upstate New York into northern New England due to the potential hazardous winter weather.
A tight snowfall gradient caused major cities, south of New York City along the I-95 corridor, to miss out on seeing the frozen precipitation.
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The combination of gusty winds and heavy precipitation caused trees to topple and damage to power lines from the Great Lakes through New England.
PowerOutage.us reported more than 100,000 outages on Saturday afternoon and utility companies advised customers their crews were out surveying damaging and repairing lines where possible.
Airports were also impacted by the wintry with Boston and Detroit seeing dozens of flight cancelations and delays.
FlightAware.com report more than 700 flights into and out of the U.S. were canceled on Saturday.