Albuquerque Journal

Late-winter storm pummels Northeast

Tens of thousands without power


PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A winter storm dumped heavy, wet snow in parts of the Northeast on Tuesday, causing tens of thousands of power outages, widespread school closings, dangerous driving conditions and a plane to slide off a taxiway.

The storm’s path included parts of New England, upstate

New York, northeaste­rn Pennsylvan­ia and northern New Jersey. Snow totals by the time it ends Wednesday were expected to range from a few inches to a few feet, depending on the area.

About two feet of snow fell in parts of northern New York and the Catskill Mountains, with Indian Lake in New York’s Adirondack Mountains recording 31 inches of snow. Gov. Kathy Hochul said some areas could get an additional foot by Wednesday morning.

“Heavy snow has impacted much of the state today — and it’s not over yet,” Hochul said late Tuesday on Twitter. She said more than 74,700 households had lost power and that a windy night was anticipate­d.

In Derry, New Hampshire, firefighte­rs and police officers used chain saws, shovels and their bare hands to rescue a girl trapped under a fallen tree. Authoritie­s said the girl had been playing outside near a parent who was clearing snow when the tree fell on her. The girl was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

All northbound lanes of Interstate 95 on the Piscataqua River Bridge between Maine and New Hampshire were shut down after two tractor-trailer trucks became stuck on the bridge due to icy conditions.

In the Berkshires in western Massachuse­tts, heavy, wet snow made driving treacherou­s, weighing down tree limbs and causing spinouts. Further east in Fitchburg, Massachuse­tts, where as much as 18 inches of snow was reported to have fallen, Jean Guerrer said the conditions were too dangerous for him to drive to work as a Boston-based taxi driver.

The storm in the Northeast came as California faced warnings of more flooding.

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