Reports: Noreaster leaves roads impassable in mid-Atlantic as heavy snow advances into New England

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March 07, 2018, 8:01:53 PM EST

A major winter storm will continue to unleash disruptive snow, rain and gusty winds across the Northeast through Wednesday night.

People across the region began preparing for the nor’easter on Tuesday. States of emergencies were declared in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and power companies are still dealing with issues from previous winter weather. Hundreds of thousands were still without power due to the most recent bomb cyclone.

Conditions will deteriorate across New England on Wednesday night as the heaviest snow shifts northward from the mid-Atlantic.

"The snowfall rate from parts of the Hudson Valley of New York and western New England may be between 2 and 3 inches per hour into Wednesday night," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

"Airline passengers should expect a new round of flight delays and cancellations in the Northeast with some ripple-effect delays elsewhere in the nation," he added.

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7:55 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Falling tree limbs and utility poles are causing power outages across the Northeast. As of 7:55 p.m. EST Wednesday, over 322,000 in New Jersey, 127,000 in Pennsylvania and 123,000 in New York were without power.

Live wires on the ground resulted in a fire on Wednesday evening in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

insane rates in Bridgewater, NJ and nearby towns. 2-3-4 inch rates from 1-6pm. 12-20 inches reported by friends all over Somerset County. This live wire fire was 5 houses down from me. Still not secure but people are now on scene. Banding literally parked over area!

— Adam Yenish (@adamyenish)

7:00 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Roads have become impassable across parts of central and northern New Jersey after heavy snow buried the area.

This is an unprecedented snowstorm, it has crippled our roadways. Fallen trees and heavy snow have blocked roads and caused widespread power outages,” Southern Brunswick Police Chief said.

Some roads may remain impassable until later on Thursday after crews have had a chance to clear snow and downed trees blocking traffic.

There have been widespread reports of 8 to 16 inches across central and northern New Jersey with some spots receiving nearly 20 inches of snow.

A car burried in 13.5 inches of snow in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. (Photo/@WeatherReMarks)

Heavy snow caused some trees to snap in Medford, New Jersey. (Photo/Marc Carpenter)

6:30 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Due to snow and ice, traffic at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is experiencing gate hold and taxi delays between 16 minutes and 30 minutes in length and increasing.

LaGuardia Airport's snow removal crew is clearing snow and ice from the runways to avoid delays.

Live shot from . Look at our snow removal crew hard at work! Thanks for this one @chrisdonato04 RT: @chrisdonato04: Getting snowy on the taxiways at @LGAairport

— LaGuardia Airport (@LGAairport)

5:45 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy has issued a ban for tractor trailers and tandem trucks on all state roads.

Heavy snow is expected to continue across the state into tonight, causing road conditions to continue to deteriorate.

Governor Malloy has issued a tractor-trailer and tandem trailer ban for all limited access highways in the State of Connecticut until further notice.

— CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE)

5:38 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Snowfall totals have topped the one foot benchmark in northern New Jersey and areas of New York near and south of Poughkeepsie. West Milford, New Jersey has seen some of the heavies snow so far with a National Weather Service trained spotter measuring 16 inches with snow still falling.

Blizzard conditions will be possible in parts of Nassau and western Suffolk counties in New York this evening due to the combination of heavy snow, low visibility and gusty winds. People should avoid traveling in this area until conditions improve later in the night.

Very heavy snowfall with 2 to 3 inch per hour snowfall rates! Travel is NOT recommended!

— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY)

5:00 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Road conditions are deteriorating rapidly across the northeastern U.S. as the temperatures drop. Motorists are advised to stay off of roads unless necessary.

(Image via Google)

Road conditions are deteriorating very quickly making travel extremely dangerous. Stay safe and stay off the roads if at all possible until the snow plows have had a chance to clear the roadways.

— RensCo Highway Dept (@RensCoHighway)

4:35 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Due to snow, the Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey is closed. The expected reopening is at 6:59 p.m. EST tonight.

All other airports in the northeastern U.S. are currently not experiencing delays longer than 15 minutes.

4:22 p.m. EST Wednesday:

The heaviest snow is currently falling across New Jersey with snowfall rates occasionally reaching higher than 3 inches an hour. This includes Lower Makefield Township, Pennsylvania, which received 3.3 inches of snow in just one hour.

The weight of the heavy snow on trees is causing some large branches to snap across the region.

Over 250,000 electric customers are without power in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with many outages being reported in areas that have received heavy snow.

3:34 p.m. EST Wednesday:

A person in Manchester Township, Ocean County, New Jersey was struck by lightning amid snowy conditions and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition, according to NBC 10.

There have been dozens of reports of thundersnow across the mid-Atlantic with this being the first report of a person being struck.

3:15 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Over 3 inches of snow fell in just an hour in Parisippany, New Jersey, located west of New York City. There are also reports of thundersnow across the region, including around Philadelphia and New York City.

Heavy snow has covered roads across Hi-Nella, New Jersey. (Photo/@ThomasB011516)

2:35 p.m. EST Wednesday

Follow along with AccuWeather Meteorologist Bernie Rayno and Regina Miller as they track the nor'easter from AccuWeather Studios.

2:01 p.m. EST Wednesday:

More reports of heavy snow continue to come in from southeastern Pennsylvania, including around Glen Mills and West Chester.

thumping just east of W Chester PA - almost 7” now - ok to share

— Carol V Mitchell (@cv_mitchell)

12:57 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Heavy snow was reported in Berks County, Pennsylvania, earlier Wednesday morning, including in the Borough of Topton. Elsewhere in the county, the city of Reading closed City Hall at noon due to the snow.

(Photo/Twitter user @mocee_ty)

Snowfall rates have begun to increase within the last hour in parts of the Northeast as the below satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows.

animation ending shortly after noon showing the storm beginning to intensify off the Delmarva coast. Heavy precipitation bands are developing and moving west and north across NJ, southeastern PA and toward NYC/Long Island.

— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern)

12:22 p.m. EST Wednesday:

AccuWeather reporter Jonathan Petramala reported thundersnow in the New York City area shortly after 12 p.m.

I apologise for the verticle video, but it came out of nowhere. #NorEaster2018 #NorEaster #NYC @accuweather

— Jonathan Petramala (@jpetramala)
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