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Cleanup begins after major storm, snow showers linger

West Virginia issues flood warning for motorists; utility crews work overnight to restore power in New England


Snow showers lingered Friday as the cleanup began following a major spring storm that brought heavy snow, rain and high winds to the Northeast, let hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power, and contribute­d to at least two deaths.

Well over 30cm of snow, accompanie­d by gusty winds, was reported in many parts of northern New England by Thursday evening. Some areas got closer to 61cm.

“This is a lot of heavy, wet snow,” said Shawn Black, manager of the Wolfeboro Inn in New Hampshire, which got over a foot.

“And the wind is out of the northeast, so it’s really not nice in a sense of temperatur­e-wise, especially when the speed gets up to gusts of 55 mph. While I was out on the snowblower I could really feel my forehead just go numb.”

Stowe, Vermont, reported 50.8cm of snow, the National Weather Service office in Burlington reported.

The agency’s office in Gray, Maine, said it had 44.2cm.

The Concord Municipal Airport in New Hampshire was on the lower end, at 18.7 cm. Low pressure meandering through the Gulf of Maine will mean continued snow showers over northern New York, New England, and the spine of the Appalachia­ns in West Virginia from Friday into Saturday, the weather service said.

The snow has created the potential for avalanches in the back country of the Green Mountains in Vermont and the high peaks of the northern Adirondack­s in New York, the weather service said.

“Outdoor enthusiast­s heading into the back country on Friday to snowshoe or ski, need to be aware of the avalanche danger, the risks involved and take the appropriat­e precaution­s,” the service said in a statement.

In West Virginia, flooding was expected to continue along the Ohio River into the weekend. The weather service warned motorists to be extremely careful, since backwater flooding can occur along other rivers, streams and creeks miles from the Ohio.

In New England, utility crews worked overnight to restore power and assess damage, including downed poles and wires and blocked roads. Nearly 700,000 customers, most of them in Maine and New hampshire, were without electricit­y at one point.

“We’ll be out there working around the clock as part of our multi-day effort to restore power to our remaining customers,” Central Maine Power said in a statement late Thursday.

Some customers were affected for the second time in less than a week ater losing power during an ice storm last weekend.

“Be patient, we’re not going to rest until the last customer is restored,” said Doug Foley, president of New Hampshire Electric Operations for Eversource Energy.

The weather service said it was the biggest April nor’easter - a type of storm with winds blowing from the northeast that either exits or moves north along the East Coast - to hit the region since 2020.

Heavy snow made travel treacherou­s in northern New England and New York, and vehicle crashes were reported. The storm brought mostly heavy rain to southern parts of the Northeast, as well as high winds.

A tree fell on a vehicle Wednesday and killed a woman in Armonk in New York’s Westcheste­r County, police said. In Derry, New Hampshire, officials said a woman died and another was hospitalis­ed ater a house fire Thursday sparked by an explosion. A tree had fallen on the house near propane tanks.

Despite the dangers, some hardy New Englanders took the weather in stride.

“It’s special to get snow in April and to be able to get out and enjoy it,” said Jane Phillips, cross-country skiing in her neighborho­od in Portland, Maine. “It’s fun being a Mainer.”

A new storm swept into California on Thursday and again forced the closure of scenic Highway 1 in iconic Big Sur where one of its two lanes collapsed into the ocean ater heavy weekend rains.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office had warned residents of the region to consider leaving before the highway was shut down Wednesday aternoon, especially if they have medical issues.

The route was not expected to reopen until Saturday.

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Betty Tidd, 78, clears snow in Gilford, New Hampshire, on Friday.
Associated Press ↑ Betty Tidd, 78, clears snow in Gilford, New Hampshire, on Friday.

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