Winter Storm Live: Reaches NYC; Zero Visibility for Some
State College, Pa. — 26 December 2012 — AccuWeather reports the major winter storm that brought record snow to the southern Plains and gave Little Rock its snowiest Christmas in 86 years is spreading from the Ohio Valley to the eastern Great Lakes and Northeast.
The snow, which is being severely whipped around by strong winds across Ohio and Indiana, will accumulate more than a foot across the Northeast’s interior, while soaking rain and strong winds slam the Northeast coast with an icy mix in between.
For more details on how the winter storm will impact the Northeast and eastern Great Lakes, please visit this story. The AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center has the latest snowfall map.
Read below for real-time updates on the winter storm.
3:07 p.m. EST: Heavy snow has dropped visibility down to zero in Bradford, Pa., and Olean, N.Y.
2:44 p.m. EST: Latest snowfall totals: 5.0 inches at Punxsutawney, Pa., 4.0 inches just north of Fort Wayne, Ind., with drifts up to 8 inches.
2:40 p.m. EST: @JasonMeyersWX reports that Fort Wayne, Ind., police are responding to high volumes of crashes due to the weather.
2:21 p.m. EST: Snowflakes are reported at New York City’s Central Park.
2:05 p.m. EST: Snow pressed northward to Newark, N.J., and is closing in on New York City. Once snow starts falling in the city, it will continue for a few hours, mixing with sleet before changing to heavy and potentially flooding rain for this evening.
1:55 p.m. EST: The heaviest snow associated with this winter storm is falling from northern Ohio to central Pennsylvania with visibility down to a quarter of a mile or less in many locations.
1:45 p.m. EST: Latest snowfall totals: 9.0 inches at Winslow, Ind., 8.5 inches at New Madrid, Mo., 6.0 inches (mixed with sleet) at Natrona Heights, Pa., and 3.5 inches at Mercer, Pa.
1:26 p.m. EST: Toledo News Now reports that a crash involving a pickup truck and a semi-truck has forced officials to close Interstate 75 northbound at Ottawa River in northwestern Ohio.
1:20 p.m. EST: New snow total: 14.0 inches at Goreville, Ill.
1:07 p.m. EST: Weather-related flight delays in excess of an hour reported at the hubs in Philadelphia, New York City and Newark. Philadelphia continues to see snow pellets. New York City and Newark are currently dry, but that will change as the afternoon progresses.
12:56 p.m. EST: Latest snowfall totals in Maryland: 6.0 inches in Frostburg, 4.0 inches near Hancock and 3.5 inches in Walkersville.
12:40 p.m. EST: Snow pellets have started to fly in Philadelphia. Watch for roads to turn slick during the next few hours before a changeover to heavy rain occurs.
12:39 p.m. EST: AccuWeather.com received a report of thundersnow in Johnstown, Pa.
12:35 p.m. EST: @KimNewmanWTOL twitter report, “Ohio Turnpike officials report that the Turnpike ‘is a mess.’ Multiple non-injury crashes reported just in the last ten minutes.”
12:20 p.m. EST: While snow has changed over to rain in Washington, D.C., the northern extent of the snow is advancing closer to Philadelphia.
12:08 p.m. EST: Latest snowfall totals: 13.0 inches at Mount Carmel, Ill., 7.2 inches at Indianapolis, Ind., and 2.5 inches at Fort Wayne, Ind.
11:46 a.m. EST: New snowfall map issued by AccuWeather.com:
11:44 a.m. EST: The heaviest snow continues to fall from Indiana to central and western Pennsylvania, as well as across western Maryland and the panhandle of West Virginia.
11:22 a.m. EST: Latest snowfall total–14.5 inches at a location four miles south of Marion, Ill.
11:20 a.m. EST: Muncie, Ind., has reported a total of 6 inches of snow and more snow is falling. The snow and wind gusts past 30 mph have dropped visibility to a quarter of a mile.
11:10 a.m. EST: The southwestern-most extent of the winter storm has brought an inch of snow down to Olive Branch, Miss., located in the far northern part of the state, southeast of Memphis.
11:09 a.m. EST: Northeast of Pittsburgh, two inches of snow has been measured in Penn Hills, Pa. A thin glaze of ice is underneath the snow, creating added hazards for those driving or walking.
11:04 a.m. EST: Snow has started in Harrisburg and State College, Pa. Heavy snow is falling in Johnstown, Pa., reducing visibility to a quarter of a mile.
10:57 a.m. EST: An accident on snowy southbound I-65, near the 179 mile marker in Indiana (around Lafayette), has forced officials to close a section of the interstate. A picture of the crash can be seen here.
10:45 a.m. EST: Latest snow totals: 11.5 inches at Bloomington, Ind., and 9.0 inches at Greenwood, Ind.
10:36 a.m. EST: Slick roads being reported around Pittsburgh, Pa. Snow has now dropped visibility to a half of a mile.
10:31 a.m. EST: One-quarter of an inch of freezing rain has glazed Washington, Pa., which is located southwest of Pittsburgh.
10:15 a.m. EST: Highest snow total so far from the storm: 18.3 inches at Albion, Ill.
10:07 a.m. EST: Indianapolis, Ind., has picked up a total of 7.0 inches of snow, making this snowstorm the city’s heaviest since late January 2009. Three of those inches fell in only one hour.
10:06 a.m. EST: AccuWeather.com meteorologists just held a special map discussion and remain concerned for slick and slippery roads in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston before a wintry mix changes to rain.
9:40 a.m. EST: Thundersnow being reported near Miamisburg and Dayton, Ohio.
9:13 a.m. EST: Web cameras around Washington, D.C., showing a coating of snow in most areas. Roads are even snow-covered in Arlington, Va.
9:07 a.m. EST: The combination of heavy snow and winds gusting to 39 mph has dropped visibility down to one-eighth of a mile in Indianapolis, Ind.
8:00 a.m. EST: A total of 4 inches of snow has already been reported in Indianapolis, Ind.
7:30 a.m. EST: Heavy snow is falling across parts of Indiana into Ohio. Snow rates of up to 1 inch per hour are occurring in these areas. Snow is tapering off across southern Illinois and has ended in Arkansas where up to a foot has fallen.
By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com