NEW YORK – The densely populated Interstate 95 corridor in the Northeast remained in the thick of a winter storm Monday night, as heavy snowfall caused power outages and shut down vaccination sites throughout the region.
The heaviest accumulations are yet to come in some places. Parts of New England are forecast to see more than foot of snow by the time the storm tapers off Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service said.
More than 15 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park by late afternoon Monday, with another three to five inches expected overnight in New York City. Some areas in New Jersey had picked up as much as 20 inches of snow.
Although the heaviest parts of the storm had moved through the metropolitan area by Monday evening, lighter snow showers were forecasted to continue all day Tuesday.
“We’re looking at a long two days here,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a virtual news conference Monday.
Blizzard conditions remained possible in some parts of the Northeast "because the winds are going to be so strong in addition to the heavy snowfall," AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rosio said. "Driving will certainly be dangerous, it is not recommended."
The weather service said winds could gust 35 to 50 mph, reducing visibility with drifting snow and leading to danger of falling tree branches and power lines.
The New York City area had scattered power outages by early evening, affecting about 3,200 homes and businesses in the city and its suburbs, 4,000 in New Jersey and 1,200 in Connecticut.
In Brooklyn, cars were sliding and getting stuck on a slight hill.
In Pennsylvania, authorities said a 67-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who was believed to have wandered away from her home was found dead of hypothermia on an Allentown street Monday morning. About 60 miles north in Plains Township, three people died in a shooting after an argument over snow removal. Authorities said a married couple were found shot to death outside in the street, and the body of the suspected shooter was later found inside a nearby residence.
And in central Virginia, four firefighters were hospitalized after a firetruck overturned on snow-covered roads.
In New York, New Jersey and at least three New England states, many COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Monday were canceled because of the storm.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said the storm forced the postponement of about 10,000 shots and delayed the state's weekly resupply of vaccine, now expected Tuesday. He urged providers that called off vaccination appointments to extend their hours if needed to reschedule the shots by the end of the week.
In-person learning was also canceled in school districts across the Northeast on Monday. Schools in New York City will be closed Tuesday, the mayor said.
Hundreds of flights were canceled at the region’s major airports on Monday. Above-ground subway service was also suspended in New York City as of 2 p.m., though below-ground trains continued to operate.
Despite snow blanketing streets and wind whipping up dustings, plenty of New Yorkers still trudged through the winter weather to go about their day as normal on Monday. A few cars lurched through the slushy roads, and bodegas and laundromats remained open.
Alex Floraine brought her puppy to Msgr. McGolrick Park in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood to play. "She loves the snow," she said.
Floraine was off work and figured she'd take out the German shepherd-Siberian husky mix a few times. "It's the best," she said. "We need this. It's fun."
Steve Brady, who was also out walking his dog in the park, adopted the chocolate lab, Beata, on Christmas Eve. "She hasn't really seen that much snow since now," he said. "She's running around (like it's) a new world."
Brady, 47, said the storm won't affect his daily routine too much. "At this point everything is inside. COVID has affected my day more than the snow," he said.
It snowed heavily through the day in the Northeast as the storm intensified off the East Coast, weather.com said. Snowfall rates of greater than 1 or 2 inches an hour were reported.
Snow and cold in Washington led President Joe Biden to postpone a visit to the State Department that had been planned for Monday. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration had been in contact with governors states affected by the weather.
The storm has maintained its fury since sweeping through much of the West last week, slamming California with heavy rain and the mountains on its path with feet of snow.
In recent days, the storm also had blanketed parts of the Midwest; some areas got the most snow in several years. Washington, D.C., and parts of Virginia received their first significant snow of the year.
Contributing: The Associated Press; Elinor Aspegren and John Bacon, USA TODAY
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