Saturday, February 9, 2013

Latest on Nemo: State by State

Published: Feb 9, 2013, 4:43 PM EST
As travel around New York City and New Jersey slowly started moving again Saturday morning, Winter Storm Nemo continued to slam a large swath of the coast from eastern Massachusetts to Maine.

Nemo Photos: A Blizzard in the Making

Published: Feb 8, 2013, 11:03 PM EST
Portland, Maine

Jet Traver, 3, tries to catch snowflakes in his mouth as he walks with his mother Casey Traver, of Plains, along East Carey Street in Plains Township, Pa., Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Kristen Mullen)
Portland, Maine
A truck tries to get past a trailer that was left by the side of the road during a snowstorm in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Toronto was also in the path of Winter Storm Nemo. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
Portland, Maine Two weather systems collide to create Winter Storm Nemo, a potentially historic February storm in the Northeast corridor. (Courtesy: NASA)
Somerville, Mass. 
Pedestrians on the campus of University Wisconsin-Madison make their way through a steady snowfall under the cover of umbrellas, in Madison, Wis., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/State Journal, John Hart)

Somerville, Mass.
 NOAA captures this image on Thursday, the even of the winter storm. (AP Photo/NOAA)

The worst of Winter Storm Nemo has pulled away from New York City and Boston and travel is slowly crawling back to life.

Four people lost their lives, including an 11-year-old-boy who died in Boston of carbon monoxide in a running car as his father tried to shovel it free.

The storm is one for the record books. Five states -- Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and Maine -- have reported snow totals of 30 inches and higher.

Portland, Maine, set its all-time snow record by morning, recording more than 29 inches of snow. Winter Storm Nemo now ranks as Boston's fifth-highest snowstorm on record. Meteorologists expect updated snow totals to trickle in throughout the afternoon.

Despite road crews working through the night, heavy, blowing snow was still making roads impassible across New England. Rhode Island and Massachusetts were under a full travel ban Saturday morning. The governor of Connecticut closed all roads until further notice.
Police in Suffolk County, NY, said they're making a little headway removing about 100 stranded cars from the Long Island Expressway.

Approximately 660,000 homes and businesses were without power - and without heat - from New Jersey to Maine.

Here's how states and major cities are handling the epic winter threat.

New York State

Somerville, Mass.

Tow truck operator Shawn Juhre sets up road safety reflectors before towing a car out of a ditch during a winter snow storm in Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
  • Long Island Expressway remains closed, as police try to remove 100 vehicles stranded during the storm.
  • Two deaths reported. One in Germantown, the other in Poughkeepsie.
  • Hurricane-force wind gusts reported in Suffolk County.
  • 11,000 customers without power.
  • Snow report: 28" in East Setauket.
  • State of Emergency continues.
  • Interstate 84 closed to trucks between Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
(FORECAST: 2 Feet of Snow Possible )

New York City

Portland, Maine

A bird takes refuge on a snow-covered branch in New York's Central Park, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Mayor Bloomberg says "an enormous amount of resources" out on the streets.
  • 2200 salting and plowing equipment on the road.
  • All Saturday school activities are cancelled.
  • Snow reports: 1" in the Bronx; 10" in Upper Manhattan; 11.4" in Central Park.
  • Updates on the MTA website.
  • FDNY keeping extra firefighters on duty through Saturday.
  • Mayor says primary roads have been plowed, but asks people not to drive Saturday. Track the progress of snow plows on the city's website.
  • Amtrak cancels Saturday's service for the Acela Express train between NYC and Boston.



Portland, Maine

Nicole Lacoursiere of North Andover, Mass., falls back to make a snow angel in some 24 inches of snow that had fallen in her yard, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Seawall breached in Scituate.
  • Significant flooding possible this morning. Evacuations encouraged around Hull.
  • Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth shut down after losing off-site power. No threat to the public.
  • About 410,000 customers without power.
  • On Cape Cod, shelters opened at high schools in Sandwich, South Yarmouth, Eastham and Falmouth after a flood warning was issued.
  • Winds 30 to 50 m.p.h. forecast this evening off Cape Cod.
  • State of Emergency continues.
  • STATEWIDE DRIVING BAN remains in effect.
  • As many of 5000 National Guard troops could be working in the state this weekend.
A pedestrian walks into wind-driven snow in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, Feb. 8, at the beginning of what is forecasted to be a major winter snow storm.

  • Snow, high winds continue to pound the city Saturday morning.
  • Snow report: 21.8" at Logan International Airport. The airport remains closed.
  • Blizzard warning is posted.
  • Amtrak cancels Saturday's service for the Acela Express train between NYC and Boston.
  • City shelters are open through the duration of the storm.
  • Previous Boston snowfall records: Feb. 17-18, 2003: 27.5 inches; Feb.  6-7, 1978: 27.1 inches; Feb. 24-27, 1969: 26.3 inches


Somerville, Mass.

Willimantic, Conn. (iWitness/Yaradiz Vargas)
  • TOP SNOW REPORTS: 38" in Milford; 36" in Oxford; 34" in New Haven.
  • All roads are CLOSED until further notice, according the governor.
  • National Guard troops are removing snow in New Haven.
  • About 38,000 customers without power.
  • State police confirm a pedestrian was hit and killed in Prospect, according to local media.
  • Bradley International Airport is closed.
  • State of Emergency continues.
  • Widespread power outages across the state.
  • All CT TRANSIT busses have suspended service.
  • Snow will wind down on Saturday, but it will remain windy.
  • Out-of-state utility crews are moving in to help.
 Rhode Island
  Portland, Maine
A Providence plow abandoned downtown. No occupant, on a 30 degree angle. (Tom Winter, Producer for NBC News based in New England)
  • Providence received 19.5", marking its third all-time highest snowfall on record.
  • About180,000 without power statewide.
  • Travel ban remains posted.
  • State of Emergency issued.
  • All RIPTA service is suspended.
(MORE: Notorious February Snowstorms)

New Hampshire


Cars are stuck in traffic as a winter storm arrives Feb. 8 in Newington, N.H. Snow began to fall around the Northeast on Friday at the start of what's predicted to be a massive, possibly historic blizzard, and residents scurried to stock up on food and supplies ahead of the storm. 
  • Gov. Hassan urges people to stay off the roads Saturday morning, because high winds and blowing snow will continue create dangerous driving conditions.
  • State of Emergency issued.
  • Liberty Utilities has initiated an emergency readiness plan in anticipation of Nemo.
  • Concord's biggest snowfall on record was 27.5 inches in the Blizzard of 1888. That storm is followed by 22.5 inches in a December 2003 storm and 22.2 inches in the Halloween nor'easter of 2011.


 Portland, Maine

Steve Hull digs out his car after it was covered by drifting snow in Portland, Maine, on Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • Portland sets a brand new snowfall record with 29.3" so far, easily beating the previous record of 27.1" set in January 1979.
  • Snow report: 33" in Gorham.
  • About 13,000 customers without power.
  • Blizzard conditions forecast through Saturday afternoon.
  • Gov. LePage issued a limited emergency declaration, which focuses on allowing more utility crews to help restore power.
  • The weather is blamed for a 19 car pile-up on I-295 in Falmouth Friday. Several people were injured.
  • The heaviest snow is expected to end between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday.

New Jersey

Portland, Maine

People on Journal Square in Jersey City brace against gusty winds and sleet as winter storm Nemo bears down on Hudson County on Feb. 8, 2013, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/The Jersey Journal, Reena Rose Sibayan)
  • NJ TRANSIT resumes bus service Saturday morning. Check out full details.
  • Newark Airport is reopening.
  • 5000 customers without power.
  • Toms River office of emergency management issued a voluntary evacuation order for residents in barrier island homes or low lying mainland areas through high tide.
  • State Emergency Operations Center continues operating.


Portland, Maine

Lilah Watt gets some interference from her 6-month-old puppy, Willa, as she shovels out from the snowstorm on Feb. 8, 2013, in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • Snow reports: 16" in Springfield; 9.6" in Burlington.
  • State Police say 2 people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a crash in I-89 in South Burlington.

– Information from the Associated Press, Hartford Courant, (N.H.) Union Leader, Asbury Park Press, Providence Journal, New York Times  Portland Press Herald and Burlington Free Press was used in this report.

Winthrop, Mass.

Winthrop, Mass.
A man shovels snow along Winthrop Shore Drive on Feb. 9, 2013, in Winthrop, Mass. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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