A nor’easter that could bring blizzard conditions and nearly 2 feet of snow to some areas of New England quickly intensified Tuesday morning, covering highways with snow and knocking out power to tens of thousands.
The D.C. area has once again been left high and dry at the tail end of another wishy-washy winter with little snow to show for it. See how this year compares to the wimpiest winters on record.
As New England braces for another rough late-winter storm, the D.C. region “enjoyed” a chilly, overcast Monday. Expect a blustery Tuesday, with wind chills in the 20s and 30s.
The death toll from Hurricane Irma’s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities directly caused by its strong winds and heavy rains, plus 85 fatalities indirectly linked to the storm.
The Northeast is bracing for its third nor’easter in less than two weeks, while some people are still feeling the effects of the last storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow in some areas and left hundreds of thousands of customers without power.
However, customers on Acela Express train 2190, traveling between New York City and Boston, will instead get on Northeast Regional train 190 at close to the same time.
Expect Amtrak Northeast Regional and Acela Express services between D.C. and Boston and surrounding areas to be affected.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for parts of Maryland until 4 p.m. Wednesday. The snow stopped early Wednesday morning but the wet aftermath may cause slippery roads for the morning commute. Read the full forecast.
While the number of overall outages caused by Friday’s windstorm dipped to around 7,000 customers without power, Tuesday night’s mix of rain and snow exacerbated the power outages around the D.C. area.
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Forecasters expect a weather disturbance to bring a mix of rain and wet snow to parts of the D.C. area midweek, but it’s the storm due to arrive by Monday next week that is raising some eyebrows.
Electricity is generally taken for granted, until it’s not there. Tens of thousands in the region are into day four of living without power after Friday’s winds. And Dominion Energy’s media relations manager knows he has a tough task ahead.
Following the harshest windstorm the D.C. area has seen in five years, power companies are hustling to get the lights back on for customers throughout the region, but it may take days for the power to be restored fully.
Emergency crews and utilities are working around the clock to get things back to normal after damaging winds that gusted up to 70 mph bombarded the D.C. area.
Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Matt Ritter said the National Weather Service has not reported sustained winds this strong since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.