Hartford Spared the Worst, Much of New England Buried

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through 7 a.m. Tues.

December 02, 2019 - 9:49 pm
Snowfall buries much of the Northeast

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Hartford seems to have been spared the worst of the big, brutal winter storm enveloping most of the Northeast, but the city is covered in a few inches of snow and it's still falling.

The seemingly endless winter storm that hindered travel across most of the country over the long holiday weekend is delivering a last wallop.

Litchfield County, in Northwest Connecticut, remains under a National Weather Service (NWS) Winter Storm Warning, but most of the state is under a Winter Weather Advisory, a notable but less urgent NWS category.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urged drivers to use caution during the
Tuesday morning commute when the storm was expected to be at its height with
snow falling at 1 to 2 inches an hour in some places. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
said city schools were canceling classes and afterschool activities Tuesday.

``It's moving very slowly, so the snow is just going to continue through the
day,'' National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Vogt said Monday.

By Monday afternoon, the storm had dropped 27 inches of snow in rural Delanson,
New York, 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Albany _ the highest snow total
in the Northeast so far. Forecasters predict accumulations near 30 inches by
Tuesday morning in parts of Vermont's Green Mountains.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Monday for seven counties in
eastern New York and assigned 300 National Guard members to assist with snow
removal. State police had responded to more than 740 storm-related crashes
statewide since the snow started falling.

``We're tough, we've seen it all, we can handle it all,'' Cuomo said at a storm
briefing before urging people to stay off the roads. He told nonessential state
employees to stay home.

But some workers had no choice but to trudge through knee-high snow and brush
off their cars before heading out on the slushy roads.

``I just hate driving in snow,'' Kaia Jansson said as she raked snow off her
car in Albany. ``It's always a mess and it's cold and not fun.''

 In Nashua, New Hampshire, Alana Kirkpatrick didn't enjoy her 5 a.m.
``workout,'' which consisted of removing heaps of snow from her car.

``Why do I still live in New England?'' she said.

Hundreds of schools were closed in advance of the region's first significant
storm of the season, a nor'easter so named because the winds typically come from
the northeast.

``It's going to be a long, difficult storm,'' New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday at a news conference that the worst
was still ahead. He closed state government for nonessential workers at noon.

Only 3 inches of snow was forecast for New York City, where schools were
expected to remain open, and 5 inches for Philadelphia.

The National Weather Service on Monday predicted that the Boston area could get
7 inches of snow with lower amounts to the south and into Rhode Island and
Connecticut. Communities north of Boston could see a foot in the storm expected
to reach its peak Tuesday morning, snarling the morning commute.

Rowe in western Massachusetts received 16 inches of snow from the storm that
started Sunday night.

More than 780 flights into or out of the U.S. were canceled Monday, with more
than 5,600 delays, according to the flight tracking site FlightAware. Airports
in the New York and Boston areas accounted for many of them. There were 950
cancelations and 8,800 delays on Sunday.

The storm also caused major traffic disruptions. Tractor-trailers were banned
or lower speed limits put in place on stretches of highway in New Jersey and
Pennsylvania. New York also posted lower speed limits on some highways.