A powerful nor’easter kicked up blinding blizzard conditions with high winds causing widespread power outages early Saturday.
People from New York City to Maine awakened to half a foot of snow, while parts of Massachusetts, including Boston, were expected to experience up to 24 inches, the National Weather Service said in a bulletin.
“Expect whiteout conditions and nearly impossible travel at times,” the bulletin said, adding that snow rates of up to 2 to 4 inches per hour are expected on the Mid-Atlantic and New England coast.
In New York’s Nassau County, executive Bruce Blakeman told NBC New York that a snow plow operator found an elderly woman dead in her car overnight. Although her official cause of death had not been confirmed, he said she likely suffered a heart attack or another sudden health event.
“It’s a sad situation, but it illustrates how dangerous it is, people should not be out unless it’s absolutely necessary,” he added.Gov.
Kathy Hochul reiterated that warning during a news conference Saturday morning.”This is a very serious storm, very serious. … This could be life-threatening, and we want to make sure we took all the steps” she said, adding, “People just need to hold on. Just a little bit longer.”Hochul said the state was supposed to be in “clean-up” mode but the storm lingered. New York City already has about four inches of snow and is expected to get another four to seven before 3 p.m., the governor said.Long Island had between 7 to 11 inches as of 9:30 a.m. and will continue to get more snow throughout Saturday.