The U.S. East’s fourth major snowstorm this month brought heavy snow on Wednesday, snarling flights and commuter travel, closing schools and triggering emergency declarations in several states. Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for New York City and is urging residents to prepare for intense winter weather to continue through Wednesday night.
The storm will have passed over the Northeast by dawn Thursday.
By then, it will have dumped 8 inches of snow on Philadelphia, 12 inches in New York City, and 17 inches over northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, said Weather Prediction Center meteorologist Marc Chenard according to Reuters.
"The National Weather Service forecast, as you know, is for a winter storm watch and they were correct.
We have a winter storm in the process now.
"Snow will affect millions across the northeast into Thursday.
As AccuWeather predicted in its long-range winter forecasts back in October, March has proven to be an active month with this being the fourth powerful Nor’easter in a month.
Flight cancellations, transportation delays, and damage to personal property from falling trees and power lines will cause this to be yet another high-impact economic disruption," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Long-Range Forecaster David Samuhel said.
Meanwhile, more than 50,000 southern New Jersey residents are living without power as Wednesday's nor'easter continues to wreak havoc.
Atlantic City Electric (ACE) outage map shows that 57,987 of its customers are without power as of 11:10 p.m. Most of the darkened homes are located in Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester County where there are more trees, according to ACE spokesperson Frank Tedesco.
"Winter Storm Toby's heavy, wet snow, ice, and high winds have toppled trees and brought down tree limbs, downing utility poles, power lines and damaged electric equipment, causing electric service interruptions for customers," Tedesco said.
"Atlantic City Electric's entire Emergency Response Organization has been mobilized with all company resources dedicated to restoring service to customers as safely and efficiently as possible," Tedesco said 180 internal linemen, 131 overhead line contractors and 233 tree crew personnel are working to fix the various issues, but that there is no timetable for when power will be restored.