Storm hammers the Northeast, closing roads and COVID test sites

  • Pedestrians make their way down a partially plowed Murray Avenue Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. (Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) Pam Panchak

  • Snow, a four-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier runs through the snow with his companion, Marlin Rayney from Wilkinsburg in tow during his morning walk/run along Braddock Avenue Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. (Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) Pam Panchak

  • Rocky and Piper play tug-of-war in the snow in Allegheny Commons Park, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) Alexandra Wimley

  • Brian Hill from Squirrel Hill skis along Forbes Avenue Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. (Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) Pam Panchak

  • A vehicle clears snow from the pedestrian sidewalk over the Andy Warhol Bridge, Downtown Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) Alexandra Wimley

  • Joe Miscavage uses a snow blower to clear a driveway at Marina Pointe at Harveys Lake, Pa., Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP) Mark Moran

  • Harry Ruester, of Brattleboro, Vt., uses a snowblower while removing snow from his driveway during a snowstorm on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP) Kristopher Radder Brattleboro Reformer

  • Liam Morrell, 11, from Brattleboro, Vt., shovels the sidewalk during a snowstorm on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP) Kristopher Radder Brattleboro Reformer

  • Mohammad Asif, originally from Afghanistan, helps shovel snow from a fellow truck driver's wheel after it got stuck on Route 9, in Marlboro, Vt., during a snowstorm on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP) Kristopher Radder Brattleboro Reformer

  • Brattleboro, Vt., Police Officer Ryan Washburn helps direct traffic on Route 9 after a tractor-trailer got stuck in the snow during a snowstorm on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP) Kristopher Radder Brattleboro Reformer

  • A man clears snow around vehicles on North Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP) Mark Moran

  • Robin Pena, of Brattleboro, Vt., waits for the bus during a snowstorm on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP) Kristopher Radder Brattleboro Reformer

  • Jeff Nugent, of Brattleboro, Vt., carries his cross-country skis while walking home during a snowstorm on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP) Kristopher Radder Brattleboro Reformer

  • The U.S. Capitol is seen behind the frozen reflecting pool after a winter storm delivered a wintery mix, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Jose Luis Magana

  • John Finelli, a resident of the Tropicana Mobile Home Park in the Iona area of Fort Myers, Fla., moves damaged material after a tornado destroyed his home on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. His parents were in the home and were transported to the hospital. (Andrew West/The News-Press via AP) Andrew West

  • Meghan Lee, left, of Lebanon, N.H., builds a snowman with her daughter Harper Lee, 4, at Colburn Park in Lebanon, N.H., on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Lee, who works from home as an insurance agent, had planned to take Harper skiing during her lunch break but decided to take advantage of the weather and play in the freshly fallen snow instead. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News / Report For America — Alex Driehaus

  • Former City Counsilor Bruce Bronner uses a snowblower to clear the sidewalk in front of two properties that he owns in Lebanon, N.H., on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News / Report For America — Alex Driehaus

Associated Press
Published: 1/17/2022 8:39:40 PM
Modified: 1/17/2022 8:38:36 PM

NEW YORK — A dangerous winter storm brought significant snowfall, strong thunderstorms and blustery winds to the northeastern U.S. on a holiday Monday.

A foot or more of snow fell in parts of New York state, Ohio and Pennsylvania Sunday night through Monday morning, and tens of thousands of customers in the region were without power.

Forecasters in Buffalo, N.Y., said the snow was falling fast, dumping almost 17 inches by 10 a.m. The city advised people not to travel if they didn’t need to on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while some surrounding towns instituted a travel ban.

“WOW! (Latest) snow measurement at 1 AM was 4.6 inches in the last hour at the Buffalo Airport!” the National Weather Service in Buffalo tweeted overnight. “And tack on another 4 inches in the last hour ending at 2 AM! Total so far since late Sun evening — 10.2 inches.”

The weather service said 17 inches or more of snow were reported in Ashtabula County in northeast Ohio.

“We’ve had a very strong area of low pressure that’s kind of moved up the coast, with pretty heavy snowfall accumulations from Tennessee, North Carolina all the way into the northeast,” said meteorologist Marc Chenard at the weather service’s headquarters in College Park, Md.

New York City got less than an inch of snow, which was washed away by rain overnight. The weather service said spotty showers and snow showers might continue through Monday night.

Forecasters said wind gusts in New York City could top out around 45 mph, and around 60 mph on Long Island.

Sleet and rain were the main threats for much of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Periods of snowfall transitioned to rain overnight. NWS meteorologists in Boston said wind gusts could reach 70 mph.

The howling winds spread a fire that destroyed a motel and two other structures in coastal Salisbury, Mass., early Monday.

The storm forced the closure of many COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites in the northeast Monday.

The massive winter system brought similar conditions Sunday to the Southeast, where thousands were still without power Monday.

Multiple states reported inches of snow, and two people died Sunday in North Carolina when their car drove off the road. The roof of a dormitory partially collapsed in the state at Brevard College, with officials saying it broke under the weight of snow. There were no injuries.

Severe thunderstorms in Florida spun up a tornado with 118 mph winds, destroying 30 mobile homes and majorly damaging 51 more. Three minor injuries were reported.

Wet roadways in the South were expected to refreeze Monday, creating icy conditions for motorists.

Plow trucks were scattered along roads and highways up the East Coast, working to clear the way for travelers. Some crashes were reported in the early morning hours, including an ambulance involved in a wreck on Interstate 279 in Pittsburgh, KDKA-TV reported. It was unclear whether anyone was injured.

Associated Press writer Karen Matthews contributed to this report.




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