Snowstorm Nemo Hits The East Coast

The latest on the “historic,” “two-pronged monster” blizzard heading for the East Coast.

2. Winter Storm Nemo began hitting southern New England Friday morning with snow, rain and wind. The storm is expected to move north and continue battering the area until Saturday evening.

According to the Weather Channel, the major cities that will see the most snow are Boston, Hartford, Providence, Portland, and Concord — they’re expecting one to two feet of snow, with three feet possible near coastal regions. New York and New Jersey cities will likely see more than six inches. Philadelphia, Detroit and other outer New England cities should expect less than six inches.

3. Here’s the last NOAA satellite image before the storm really hit:

Friday, Feb. 8, at 1:45 p.m. EST.

4. The latest forecast:

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New York, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut declared states of emergency.

BREAKING: Governor declares state of emergency in #NYS in response to storm #nemo

— NYGovCuomo (@Andrew Cuomo)

Maine Gov. Paul LePage declares limited state of emergency due to storm - @WMTWTV

— breakingstorm (@Breaking News Storm)

Governor Chafee has declared a State of Emergency for the State of RI effective immediately. #NemoRI #StormRI

— LincolnChafee (@Governor Chafee)

State of emergency declared in Massachusetts ahead of blizzard

— nytimes (@The New York Times)

JUST IN: Gov. Malloy to declare a State of Emergency for #Connecticut in advance of the #blizzard. Roads are subject to closure at Noon.

— CNNweather (@CNN Weather Center)

And several thousand people lost power:

Providers report power out for more than 130,000 in MA, RI, CT. #blizzard

— cnnbrk (@CNN Breaking News)

For many, travel caused the biggest headache. Thousands of flights and trains were cancelled, gas stations ran out of fuel, some governors ordered all cars off the roads, and there was a dangerous pile-up on a Maine highway.

#Nemo update: 3,200+ flights canceled all the way from Atlanta to Boston, with most heavy disruptions in the NY Metro area.

— Orbitz (@Orbitz)

MA Governor Deval Patrick signs executive order banning cars on the roads. Effective at 4pm ET.

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

Rhode Island governor bans traffic from highways starting at 5 pm ET - @projo

— breakingstorm (@Breaking News Storm)

All CT TRANSIT bus service throughout #CT will begin shutting down at 4PM. All buses will be off the roads by 6PM.

— GovMalloyOffice (@Governor Dan Malloy)

New Jersey Transit to suspend most buses and trains by 8 p.m.

— NYTLive (@New York Times Live)

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Parts of the Jersey Shore — a region hit hard by Superstorm Sandy — began flooding.

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Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island, NJ

The blizzard also put a damper on two huge events — the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston and New York Fashion Week (though only some designers were deterred by the snow.)

Reminder: Extreme #Beer Fest (Friday & Saturday) has been postponed. New dates/ticket options to follow. #Boston

— BeerAdvocate (@Beer Advocate)

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As Storm Nemo continues, thousands more lose power:

TWC: 617,000 customers are currently without power due to #Nemo

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

The storm causes more problems on the road, leading to one fatal crash.

Stranded: Hundreds of vehicles stuck on Long Island Expressway in snowstorm; no injuries reported: -JM

— AP (@The Associated Press)

At least 1 person dead, 500,000 without power as result of massive #blizzard pounding Northeast.

— cnnbrk (@CNN Breaking News)

And thankfully:

NWS cancels the blizzard warning for the 5 boroughs. Snow mainly done. Sunshine this afternoon. (@NY1weather) #Nemo

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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