Reports: Blizzard-stirred coastal flooding in Boston rivals worst in history

As a nor'easter storms up the East Coast into Thursday, blizzard conditions will spread through the coastal mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

The storm first hit the southeastern coast of the United States with heavy snow and ice on Wednesday and has begun to produce blizzard conditions in parts of the northeastern U.S. on Thursday AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski stated.

"An eye has developed in the storm," he said.

Powerful winds over 70 mph have been reported in coastal areas in Massachusetts, while blizzard conditions have forced airport closures in New York City. Power outages are increasing in New England and coastal areas are being inundated with severe flooding.

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A woman struggles against wind and snow in upper Manhattan during a snowstorm in New York City, New York, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A nearly empty snow-covered roadway entrance to the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York is seen during a snowstorm in Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A worker clears snow from the front of the New York Stock Exchange during a snowstorm in New York, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Da Thi Hoang and Searidang Pa wait at Logan International Airport, after successfully flying in from Los Angeles only to find their bus to Middlebury, Vermont was cancelled, during a winter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Crews clear snow from around the gates at Logan International Airport during a winter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A snow-covered statue of former U.S. president George Washington at Federal Hall on Wall Street is seen during a snowstorm in New York City, New York, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW HAVEN, CT - JANUARY 04: Ice flows through the New Haven Harbor on January 4, 2018 in New Haven, Connecticut. The 'bomb cyclone' was expected to dump heavy snows in New England as the storm system moved up the U.S. east coast. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: Architect of the Capitol Mason Perry Curtis shovels snow in front of the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2018 in Washington, United States. A large winter storm system dropped less than an inch of snow in Washington and is covering the East Coast with high winds and frigid temperatures. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
NEW HAVEN, CT - JANUARY 04: A city worker digs out a bus from the snow on January 4, 2018 in New Haven, Connecticut. The 'bomb cyclone' was expected to dump heavy snows in New England as the storm system moved up the U.S. east coast. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Dylan Zitto slides down a snow covered hill a day after snow fell in the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. From Maine to Florida every state along the east coast is expected to have to deal with winter weather. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: A light snow shrouds the Washington Monument on the National Mall January 4, 2018 in Washington, United States. A large winter storm system dropped less than an inch of snow in Washington and is covering the East Coast with high winds and frigid temperatures. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: Daniel Andujar, 47, uses a tennis racket to clean his truck of snow on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A 'bomb cycle' winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Ice and snow cover branches near the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
De-icing road salt is piled up in preparation for winter snow storms at Eastern Salt Company in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Snow flurries fall near the American Falls, viewed from the Canadian side in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Snow covers cars along a street as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Ice forms on the water fountain in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Little snowmen are seen on a bench in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Ice forms on the water fountain in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A departure board at Ronald Reagan airport, near Washington, DC, posts several cancelled flights early January 4, 2018 as winter storm Grayson sets in on the East Coast. The National Weather Service said the rapidly deepening area of low pressure off Florida's east coast will move northeastward bringing snow to the southern mid-Atlantic coast and then to New England as it moves towards the Canadian Maritimes by Friday. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel SLIM (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
A plane sits on the tarmac at Ronald Reagan airport, near Washington, DC, before departure January 4, 2018. The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / Eva Claire HAMBACH (Photo credit should read EVA CLAIRE HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker spreads salt on a sidewalk on January 4, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers shovel a sidewalk of snow and ice on January 4, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Commuters make their way through the snow in Downtown Brooklyn, on January 4, 2018 in New York City. As a major winter storm moves up the Northeast corridor, New York City is under a winter storm warning and forecasts are predicting six to eight inches of snow. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A car is seen covered in snow in Long Beach, New York, U.S. January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Workers remove snow during a snowstorm in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S. January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A United States Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier delivers mail during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A pedestrian carries an umbrella while walking through the Boston Common during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pedestrians walk through the Boston Common iduring a snow storm n Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A pedestrian walks during a snow storm in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A man operates a snowplow on a sidewalk during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pedestrians walk past the George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The George Washington Statue stands in the Boston Public Garden during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Commuters board the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Massachusetts Avenue train during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pedestrians clear the sidewalks outside of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Massachusetts Avenue station during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A pedestrian walks through the Boston Common during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A man clears shovels a walk way during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A woman walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
United States Postal Service (USPS) letter carriers deliver mail during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A man walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A man walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
A woman makes her way during a winter storm in New York on January 4, 2018. A giant winter 'bomb cyclone' walloped the US East Coast on Thursday with freezing cold and heavy snow, forcing thousands of flight cancellations and widespread school closures -- and even prompting the US Senate to cancel votes for the rest of the week. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A woman walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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4:00 p.m. EST Thursday:

Officials with the MBTA Transit Police posted a video of the rising tide spilling into the harbor side entrance of the Aquarium subway station.

The worst of the coastal flooding is over, however, the water will be slow to drain due to some of the water freezing as temperatures plummet. 

 

3:22 p.m. EST Thursday:

Taunton, Massachusetts has recorded 14.6 inches of snow so far, according to a National Weather Service employee. This is one of the highest snow reports so far with the town continuing to experience heavy snow. Taunton is located south of Boston.

Coastal flooding continues to be a major issue for locations near the coast with water being nearly deep enough to submerge cars in Gloucester, Massachusetts

 

2:48 p.m. EST Thursday:

The National Guard is responding to the coastal flooding in Marshfield, Massachusetts after people became trapped in a home when waves came through their living room windows. 

 

2:06 p.m. EST Thursday:

“As of noon, the current storm had a central pressure of 28.08 inches (951 mb) and was more intense than the 1991 Perfect Storm and the Blizzard of 1993," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell.

"These storms had pressures of 28.70 inches (972 mb) and 28.34 inches (960 mb) respectively,” Ferrell added. 

 

1:45 p.m. EST Thursday:

Severe flooding on Boston’s Atlantic Avenue and other areas of the city has prompted a large emergency response.

Emergency management personnel are rescuing motorists with boats after historic high tide left the area under water. The National Weather Service Boston reported the area was nearing the highest ever recorded ride.

 

1:00 p.m. EST Thursday:

According to the Duxbury Fire Department in Duxbury, Massachusetts roads near Cable Hill Road are completely impassable.

Roads in other coastal areas of New England are also impassable due to rising tides.

 

12:30 p.m. EST Thursday: The storm system blasted Nova Scotia, Canada causing a vehicle to flip over due to slick roads. 

 

12:24 p.m. EST Thursday:

"The heaviest snow is currently tapering off in Philadelphia so expect improving conditions this afternoon though blowing and drifting snow will continue," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards

"New York City and Long Island will experience blizzard conditions through mid-afternoon with 1-2 inch per hour snowfall rates and near zero visibility. Boston is also experiencing blizzard conditions with the heaviest snow and worst conditions expected to occur there through sunset."

Edwards added that thundersnow has been reported around Boston as well.

 

11:52 a.m. EST Thursday:

Due to blizzard conditions, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City was closed at 10:57 a.m. EST today. The airport is expected to reopen later today at 3 p.m. EST, the FAA reports.

Snow totals of 8 inches in Queens and 9 inches in Long Island have been reported by National Weather Service spotters as snow continues to fall. 

 

10:53 a.m. EST Thursday:

Over 3,000 trucks are out clearing snow and treating roadways in Massachusetts.

Powerful wind gusts of up to 76 mph and 75 mph have been reported on Nantucket and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, respectively.

The NHL game between the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, has been postponed

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said over 630 plow trucks and 250 additional trucks from private contractors are available to help remove snow. An additional 1,500 guardsmen from the state's National Guard are ready to support emergency operations if necessary.

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9:43 a.m. EST Thursday:

"The storm has undergone rapid strengthening, referred to as bombogenesis, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. "Pressure within the center of the storm crashed 0.95 of an inch of mercury (32 millibars) in nine hours from late Wednesday evening to near daybreak Thursday."

 

8:53 a.m. EST Thursday:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency for four coastal counties and is urging motorists to stay off the roads. 

 

8:07 a.m. EST Thursday:

A snow emergency went into effect for Boston at 7 a.m. Thursday, with snow already falling in the city. The city is expected to receive around a foot of snow by the time the storm concludes.

The Massachusetts State Police said a speed reduction is now in effect between the New York border and Boston. 

 

7:26 a.m. EST Thursday:

Snowy and icy travel is being reported around Long Island & New York City as snow continues to spread north. 

 

5:50 a.m. EST Thursday:

Traffic accidents, power outages and downed trees and power lines are being reported in areas from Washington, D.C., through Philadelphia, New York City and Hartford, Connecticut.

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 to report any downed power lines and to avoid them completely.

Bands of snow are beginning to strengthen as they sweep into the mid-Atlantic, resulting in high snowfall rates, quickly accumulating snow and poor visibility. 

These factors will make travel perilous today as road conditions quickly deteriorate across the region.

Coastal areas from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to Monmouth, New Jersey, are reporting visibility as low as one-half to one-quarter mile due to heavy snow.

Where heavy snow is falling in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania, visibility is down to 1 mile. 

Travel will continue to be dangerous across New England, much of the mid-Atlantic and eastern New York today, and should be avoided as much as possible.

Hundreds of school districts have canceled school for the day from the Carolinas through the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. In Washington, D.C., even the federal government is running on a two-hour delay.

 

3:50 a.m. EST Thursday:

Snow is now falling along coastal New Jersey; Long Island, New York; Connecticut; Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts, limiting visibility and slowing traffic. 

Just inland from Atlantic City, New Jersey, snowfall rates of 2 inches per hour were reported in the town of Mays Landing around 2:30 a.m.

Half of a foot of snow has been measured near Virginia Beach, where heavy snow is still falling. Nearly 20,000 customers are currently without power in the area.

Winds are starting to pick up in these areas as well, with widespread gusts to over 35 mph from the Outer Banks to the Jersey shore.

Flights in and out of the Northeast are being canceled and delayed; anyone planning travel in the area should check with their airline for up-to-date information.

AP News reports that a train has derailed in Savannah, Georgia, where a rare 0.23 of an inch of snow and ice accumulated on Wednesday. 

Police and rescue vehicles are parked near an Amtrak passenger train derailed in the snow, Wednesday, Jan. 3, in Savannah, Georgia. An Amtrak spokesman has said three cars on a passenger train have derailed in Savannah, Georgia, but there were no injuries reported among the crew and 311 passengers aboard. (WTOC via AP)

“All three cars — a baggage car and two sleeper cars — are fully upright,” Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said in an email early Thursday to The Associated Press.

He said there were no injuries among the 311 passengers and crew on board.

 

2:00 a.m. EST Thursday:

Locations across the southeastern U.S. broke low temperature and snowfall records on Wednesday, and this wintry weather is now well on its way to the Northeast. 

Vehicles move along a snow and ice covered Interstate 26, near Savannah, Ga., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Fla., on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and ice. 

Snow has reportedly begun falling in Philadelphia, marking the first flakes of a potential 6-inch snow event.

At least a coating of snow is expected tonight from Richmond, Virginia to Baltimore and Allentown, Pennsylvania, quickly limiting visibility and making roads slick. Travel will become dangerous at the onset of snowy weather across the region through Thursday and should be avoided. 

Wind gusts of nearly 50 mph were reported in Oceana, Virginia, this evening, and gusts are exceeding 35 mph in Ocean City, Maryland at this hour.

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