Fourth nor'easter in three weeks leaves 90,000 without power after heavy snow

More than 90,000 customers were without power overnight after another major nor’easter — the fourth in three weeks — pummeled the Interstate 95 corridor with as much as 19 inches of snow on the first full day of spring.

At least one fatal car crash in New York and two in New Jersey were linked to snow, poor visibility and slippery conditions and the governors of New York and New Jersey declared states of emergency.

The storm created whiteout conditions on Long Island and left parts of New York City under more than a foot of snow — the most the region has seen at this time of year since 1964. Central Park recorded a snow total of 8.2 inches by 1 a.m. ET Thursday, with 8.7 inches at LaGuardia airport and 19 inches in Windber, Pennsylvania.

New York City schools will reopen Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office said, and the New York Subway and NJ Transit were returning to normal, but federal government employees in Washington D.C. will have a two-hour delay and the option for unscheduled leave or telework.

At least 220 flights were canceled Thursday, including 137 at Newark Liberty airport and 90 at JFK.

The storm also cut power to than 90,000 customers from the mid-Atlantic to New England, including 87,448 in New Jersey, 3,614 in New York and 2,967 in Delaware.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: Snow falls as a member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard in front of the White House on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: A truck plows snow as tourist stand in front of the White House, on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: Snow falls as a K9 member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard in front of the White House on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: Tourists walk on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House during a snow storm, on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: A truck plows snow as tourists stand in front of the White House on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: A women rides a bicycle on Pennsylvania Avenue during a snow storm on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: Snow falls as a member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard at the North Portico of the White House on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing the fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: Tourists from Denmark have their picture taken in front of the White House on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Pedestrians weather the latest storm to hit the US east coast on March 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pedestrians weather the latest storm to hit the US east coast on March 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Eric BARADAT (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Commuters travel in light congestion during the latest storm to hit the US east coast, on March 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Eric BARADAT (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)
A snow-shovel travels throug Washington, DC, during the latest storm to hit the US east coast on March 21, 2018. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Eric BARADAT (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)
A pedestrian weathers the latest storm to hit the US east coast on March 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Eric BARADAT (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker shovels a sidewalk during the latest storm to hit the US east coast on March 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker salts a sidewalk during the latest storm to hit the US east coast on March 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pedestrians weather the latest storm to hit the US east coast on March 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman takes pictures during a snow storm at Brooklyn Bridge Park on March 21, 2018 in New York City. Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
A couple walks towards the Manhattan Bridge during a snow storm at Brooklyn Bridge Park on March 21, 2018 in New York City. Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks his dog during a snow storm at Brooklyn Bridge Park on March 21, 2018 in New York City. Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
A tree is covered in snow on March 21, 2018 in New York City. Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
An NYC ferry crosses under The Brooklyn Bridge during a snow storm on March 21, 2018, as the fourth nor'easter in a month hits the tri-state area on the first full day of spring. Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
An NYC ferry crosses under The Brooklyn Bridge during a snow storm on March 21, 2018, as the fourth nor'easter in a month hits the tri-state area on the first full day of spring. Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks his dog during a snow storm at Brooklyn Bridge Park on March 21, 2018 in New York City. Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: A car drives through the snow on March 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City and much of New England has experienced four winter storms in recent weeks that have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, downed power lines and closed schools and businesses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: A mail carrier walks through the snow on March 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City and much of New England has experienced four winter storms in recent weeks that have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, downed power lines and closed schools and businesses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: A man crosses the street in a snow storm on March 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City and much of New England has experienced four winter storms in recent weeks that have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, downed power lines and closed schools and businesses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: A mail carrier walks through the snow on March 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City and much of New England has experienced four winter storms in recent weeks that have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, downed power lines and closed schools and businesses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: A woman crosses the street in a snow storm on March 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City and much of New England has experienced four winter storms in recent weeks that have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, downed power lines and closed schools and businesses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: A man crosses the street in a snow storm on March 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City and much of New England has experienced four winter storms in recent weeks that have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, downed power lines and closed schools and businesses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Workers clear snow during a storm in Washington, DC, March 21, 2018, the first full day of spring. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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In Philadelphia, the city’s snow emergency was expected to be lifted at 6 a.m. ET in time for the morning commute, officials said.

New York State Police reported that the storm caused a death after a van carrying five people rolled over on the Wantagh State Parkway. The other passengers were in critical condition, NBC New York reported.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that a bus and another vehicle collided on Interstate 78 in Hunterdon County, killing one person.

In Newark, New Jersey, a car passenger, identified as Nafis Majette, 32, died after his vehicle was struck by a stolen Audi, officials said. A parked Mack truck with a snow plow was also hit in the collision. Alan Aberden, 26, of East Orange, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, and receiving stolen property, according to the Essex County prosecutor's office.

The storm is the product of a weather system that previously vexed the South: hail in Texas on Sunday, tornadoes in Alabama on Monday and severe storms in Florida on Tuesday, later developing into the nor'easter blanketing the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to New England in snow.

Alastair Jamieson reported from London, Gemma DiCasimirro and Carolina Gonzalez reported from New York.

 

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