A late-winter storm blowing across the northeastern United States on Saturday warned forecasters of a foot of snow and high winds after the system brought wintry conditions to southern states.
“A powerful cold front and low pressure system will move across the east today with a wide range of hazards,” the National Weather Service said Saturday. “Most concerning, severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and a few tornadoes are possible in the southeast, heavy snowfall is likely from central Appalachia to the northeast interior and northern New England , and widespread gusty winds are likely for much of the region.”
Forecasters said hazardous weather conditions will be seen along the eastern seaboard, including heavy snowfall, high winds and flash flooding. Seven to 12 inches of snow could fall in areas of northern Pennsylvania and New York with winds blowing up to 45 mph.
Gale warnings were in effect for coastal areas of New Jersey and Delaware, with gusts of 40 to 50 mph possible and forecasters warning of resulting tree damage and power outages as well as stormy conditions. difficult navigation. A wind advisory was in effect for other areas.
As of 5:30 p.m. ET, total snowfall in the area was as follows, according to the National Weather Service:
- PA-Burlington 10.8″
- TN – La Follette 10.6″
- WV-Kenna 10″
- NY – Union Center 10.7″
- VA – Meadowview 9″
- OH-Stockport 8.5″
- KY-Essie 8.5″
- NC – Faust 9.8″
- VT – Derby Center 11″
- MD-Grantsville 7.7″
A number of St. Patrick’s Day parades have been postponed due to weather, including events scheduled in Albany, New York, and Erie and Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as suburban Philadelphia. The parade in Philadelphia was still scheduled to take place on Sunday.
Saturday afternoon, a multi-car accident closed Pennsylvania Route 581 in Cumberland County in dangerous road conditions. State Trooper Megan Ammerman said 73 cars were involved in the accident and several non-life-threatening injuries were reported.
“The road will be closed for several more hours,” Ammerman said. noted at 3 p.m. ET on Twitter. “AVOID THE SECTOR.”