Nor'easter storm cuts power and grounds flights across the East Coast

A large nor’easter storm is crawling across the US east coast, bringing snow, ice, and rain and cutting power for tens of thousands.

The National Weather Service (NWS) announced winter storm warnings for upstate New York, northeast Pennsylvania, and most of New England after snow began falling on Monday.

Forecasters are expecting snow to fall at rate of 2 inches per hour in New York’s Hudson Valley. Governor Kathy Hochul asked residents to prepare for ‘a multi-day event’ that will bring some of the season’s most significant snowfall to parts of the Empire State.

Wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour are also expected to create low-visibility conditions in many parts of the state.

‘This storm will create hazardous road conditions through Wednesday morning, and I encourage New Yorkers in impacted regions to stay home and avoid any unnecessary travel to allow plow crews to do their job,’ Hochul said.

Neighboring Western Massachusetts could see up to 18 inches accumulate over the next day. Other parts of New England are also bracing for significant snowfall. Boston is expecting 4 to 6 inches, while New Hampshire and Maine could see 1 to 2 feet.

Hundreds of thousands have already lost power across the region, according to online tracker About 100,000 customers in New York are reporting outages, primarily in the upper Hudson Valley area.

About 64,000 customers in Massachusetts reported outages on Tuesday as well, in addition to another 60,000 customers in New Hampshire and 30,000 in Vermont.

Air travel in the region is also being affected. About 1,400 flights in the US were cancelled on Tuesday, with the majority flying to or from Boston Logan International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

Nor’easters are large winter storms that move slowly up the eastern seaboard of North America, according to the NWS. They are most common in the winter months between September and April.

In the past they have caused ‘billions of dollars in damage, severe economic, transportation and human disruption, and in some cases, disastrous coastal flooding,’ according to the NWS.

This year’s nor’easter is also threatening the New York City metropolitan area. Although only 1 to 2 inches of snow are expected in downstate New York, much of Long Island and the Connecticut coastline were placed under coastal flooding advisories.

Seawater in the Long Island Sound is expected to rise between 3-5 feet, while other parts of the Atlantic could see 8-12 foot increase through Wednesday.

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