Dual storms dump snow on both U.S. coasts as ice creates hazardous road conditions

Preparation for the first winter storm of 2024 in Danbury BOSTON (AP) — A major winter storm bringing heavy snow and freezing rain to some communities spread across New England on Sunday morning, sending residents scurrying to pull out their shovels and snowblowers to clear sidewalks and driveways. Winter storm warnings and watches were in effect throughout the Northeast, and icy roads made for hazardous travel as far south as North Carolina. The Northeast snow came as a Sierra Nevada storm packing heavy snow shut down a stretch of interstate Saturday and briefly knocked out power to tens of thousands in Reno, Nevada. More than 13,000 electric customers in California were without power Sunday morning. Some communities in Massachusetts had already recorded nearly a foot of snow by Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. More than 16,000 electric customers in the state were without power. Snow totals were lower for coastal communities, with Boston reporting just a couple of inches. The snow was expected to continue throughout the day, with some areas topping out at more than a foot. First winter storm of 2024 in the U.S. northeast, in Grafton People use shovels and snow blowers to clear snow during the first winter storm of 2024 which is expected to bring heavy snowfall across the northeast United States, in Grafton, Massachusetts, Jan. 7, 2024. Photo by Amanda Sabga/REUTERS The storm reached into Maine with some locations seeing snow totals of up to 12 inches — with locally higher amounts over southern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine. Wind gusts up 35 mph (56 kph) could add to blowing and drifting snow. Moderate to heavy snow was expected to continue in Vermont, with total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches (15.2 to 30.5 centimeters). The weather service said […]

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