Heavy snow, ice triggers thousands of power outages in Northeast
Some New Englanders could be without power through Monday due to extensive damage to the electric grid.
WELLINGTON, Vt. – The last gasps of a storm that traveled from coast-to-coast, bringing 6-7 feet of snow to the Sierra Nevada, blizzard conditions to the Northern Plains and a deadly severe weather outbreak in the South left its mark in the Northeast, causing thousands of power outages.
At the peak of the wintry weather, PowerOutage.US reported more than 130,000 customers from West Virginia to Maine had lost electricity.
As of Sunday afternoon, many of the customers without power were located in New England where some of the heaviest snow was reported.
Maine appeared to have the most outages on Sunday afternoon, with about 57,000 customers still in the dark.
Eversource, New England's largest energy provider, said its crews have had difficulty accessing lines and the storm system caused pockets of extensive damage to its grid.
The company estimated it could be Monday before all the electricity is restored to customers.
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Winter weather alerts remain in effect for parts of the Northeast through Sunday, with additional scattered snow showers expected.
Behind the storm system, cold air will rush in from the west. The cold air will flow over the Great Lakes, and a notable lake-effect snow event is expected to continue into Monday.
Off Lake Ontario, a potent lake-effect snow band is expected to continue through Monday. Some communities in New York could see between Syracuse and Watertown could see 2-3 feet of snow before a change in the weather pattern.
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Winter storm totals
Heavy snow fell Friday across the interior Northeast as a coastal low developed and moved from southern New Jersey to eastern Long Island. Snowfall totals stretched to over a foot in some locations in Vermont and as much as 16 inches in Piseco, New York.
Before reaching the Northeast on Friday, the storm brought freezing rain to the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia, along with parts of western Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. Some reports ranged from 0.25 to 0.5 inches of ice accretion.