Northeast battles major winter storm

Tractor-trailer accident in New York (NYS Police photo)Tractor-trailer accident in New York (NYS Police photo)

Travel proved difficult in much of the Northeast in the wake of the winter storm that dumped as much as a 18 inches of snow driven by winds as strong as 50 mph.

While interstates and other major highways are open, police in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine still encourage motorists limit their travel if possible. As many as 19,000 customers were without power Thursday in Rhode Island and 25,000 on Cape Cod. Some 4,000 flights were cancelled at airports throughout the region. Boston has already decided to cancel classes at its schools Friday.

Some snowfall totals include:

  • 18 inches in Suffield, Connecticut and Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • 14.5 inches in Litchfield, New Hampshire
  • 14 inches in North Haven, Connecticut
  • 12 inches in Queens, New York and on Long Island
  • 11.5 inches in Hope Valley, Rhode Island
  • 10 inches West Milford, New Jersey

“The roads are dangerous,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of driving conditions. “I don’t care if you have a four-wheel-drive car and you think you’re a super hero … if you don’t have to be out, don’t be out.”

New York State Police posted photos of several truck accidents that occurred.

Truck off I-84 near Fishkill, New York ThursdayTruck off I-84 near Fishkill, New York Thursday

Tanker of I-84 westbound near Newburgh Beacon Bridge in New York ThursdayTanker of I-84 westbound near Newburgh Beacon Bridge in New York Thursday

Tractor-trailer rollover on I=87 northbound near Ravena/Coeymans in New York Thursday.Tractor-trailer rollover on I=87 northbound near Ravena/Coeymans in New York Thursday.

Truck needing to be towed on I-287 -- Cross Westchester Expressway -- in New York Thursday.Truck needing to be towed on I-287 -- Cross Westchester Expressway -- in New York Thursday.