A dangerous winter storm known as a Saskatchewan Screamer because it originated in the Canadian province, brought significant snowfall, strong thunderstorms and blustery winds to the northeastern U.S. on a Monday leaving two people dead in a car crash in North Carolina.
The storm system dropped a foot or more of snow in parts of New York state – with Buffalo the worst hit. Dayton in Ohio saw 15 inches, with Pottsville in Pennsylvania also covered with the white stuff through Monday morning after pummeling parts of the Southeast on Sunday leaving 150,000 people without power at one stage.
‘We’ve had a very strong area of low pressure that’s kind of moved up the coast, with pretty heavy snowfall accumulations from Tennessee, North Carolina all the way into the northeast,’ said meteorologist Marc Chenard at the weather service’s headquarters in College Park, Maryland.
Lake Michigan is covered with snow and ice at Montrose Beach in Chicago, Monday
One of several hundred crashes across the state of Virginia is pictured on a main highway
There were hundreds of accidents in Virginia, including this smash, but thankfully no fatalities
Two cars that were involved in a collision with one almost ending up on its side are pictured in an accident in Virginia
Police reported there to have been around 500 crashes on the highways of Virginia on Monday, including a collision between three big rigs and a truck
Ice dangles off the pier at Montrose Beach in Chicago on Monday after being blasted by a winter storm
A member of a snow removal company shovels snow during a winter storm in Miamisburg, Ohio on Monday
Lloyd Rhoads of Jenner Twp., Somerset County, Pennsylvania clears snow from his driveway high atop Laurel Hill during a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day winter storm on Monday
A kid snowboards during a winter storm in Miamisburg, Ohio on Monday
Snow fall covers the city during a winter storm in Miamisburg, Ohio in a picture taken with a drone
Forecasters in Buffalo, New York, said almost 18 inches of snow fell by 1pm on Monday. The city advised people not to travel if they didn’t need to on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while some surrounding towns instituted a travel ban.
‘WOW! (Latest) snow measurement at 1 AM was 4.6 inches in the last hour at the Buffalo Airport!’ the National Weather Service in Buffalo tweeted overnight. ‘And tack on another 4 inches in the last hour ending at 2 AM! Total so far since late Sun evening – 10.2 inches.’
Weather service meteorologist Alexa Maines said 15 inches or more of snow were reported in Cleveland, Ohio, and 25 inches in parts of Ashtabula County in the northeast corner of the state.
Power outages affected tens of thousands of customers in the northeast, and hundreds of flights were canceled. Many COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites had to close down.
A snow plow drives down a street in Lewisburg, West Virginia after the area was hit by winter storm Izzy
Heather Fox shovels the sidewalk in front of her store – named Merry Weather’s – in downtown Lewisburg, West Virignia
A man knocks icicles off the awning in downtown Lewisburg, West Virginia
A woman walks downtown Lewisburg, West Virginia on Monday as the area was hit by heavy snowfall
A man rides his bicycle near a light dusting of snow at Montrose Beach in Chicago on Monday
A man runs along a snow-covered area at Montrose Beach in Chicago on Monday, with the waters of its marina totally frozen over
Snow and ice cover Lake Michigan as a man runs at Montrose Beach in Chicago
Snow covers a neighborhood during a winter storm in Dayton, Ohio. The area was among the worst-affected by heavy snowfall on Monday
Houses are covered with a thick coating of snow in Dayton after around 15 inches fell in the area
More than 1,700 US flights were cancelled Monday and about 1,500 were delayed, according to the flight tracking website Flightaware.
The roads were also a mess with 500 crashes reported in Virginia alone, and officials are warning people not to travel in some parts of the country.
New York City got less than an inch of snow, which was washed away by rain overnight. The weather service said spotty showers and snow showers might continue through Monday night.
Forecasters said wind gusts in New York City could top out around 45 mph, and around 60 mph on Long Island.
Sleet and rain were the main threats for much of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Periods of snowfall transitioned to rain overnight. NWS meteorologists in Boston said wind gusts could reach 70 mph .
The howling winds spread a fire that destroyed a motel and two other structures in coastal Salisbury, Massachusetts, early Monday.
Vanessa McAuley cleans snow off her car following a storm in Pottsville, Pennsylvania
George Bevan, of Bevan’s Garage, of Frackville, Pennsylvania, plows the snow at Ian Campbell’s home as he looks on in Frackville, Pennsylvania
Randy Ney clears off the snow from the sidewalk in front of the Schuylkill County Office of Public Safety on N. Centre Street in downtown Pottsville, Pennsylvania
A Jeep drives down a snow covered Oak Street in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, on Monday
Dulcie Howard shovels a driveway during a winter storm in Dayton, Ohio
People shovel their driveways during a winter storm in Dayton, Ohio
The storm brought similar conditions Sunday to the Southeast, where thousands were still without power Monday.
Multiple states reported heavy snowfall, and two people died Sunday in North Carolina when their car drove off the road. The roof of a dormitory partially collapsed in the state at Brevard College, with officials saying it broke under the weight of snow. There were no injuries.
Severe thunderstorms in Florida spun up a tornado with 118 mph winds, destroying 30 mobile homes and majorly damaging 51 more. Three minor injuries were reported.
Wet roadways in the South were expected to refreeze Monday, creating icy conditions for motorists.
Plow trucks were scattered along roads and highways up the East Coast, working to clear the way for travelers. Some crashes were reported in the early morning hours, including an ambulance involved in a wreck on Interstate 279 in Pittsburgh. It was unclear whether anyone was injured.
Jeffrey Stasko, the owner of the Inn on the Mexican War Streets, and Tim, an employee of the inn, clear snow from the sidewalks in North Side, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh
By noon, Camp Horne Road in Emsworth, Pittsburgh was clear but residents were busy cleaning snow from their driveways and sidewalks
A member of a snow removal company plows snow during a winter storm in Miamisburg, Ohio
The icy Allegheny River and snow-covered North Shore in Pittsburgh, Pa., is seen from the Andy Warhol Bridge
Mike Goode digs his car out on Peebles Avenue Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh. Goode was on his way to Seven Springs to take a close friends teenage children to ski for the first time
An 18-wheeler is pictured having been caught in a snow drift in Ohio on Monday
Trucks became stuck in the snow in Virginia as the white stuff came down thick and fast
A ‘Saskatchewan Screamer’ storm leaves the Northeast and Midwest blanketed in snow and causes coastal flooding as more than 150,000 across the US are left without power and 1,400 flights are grounded. Pictured, a stranded truck in Ohio
The highest level of snow during the storm was recorded in Harpersfield, Ohio where 22.5 inches of snow landed as 40 counties within the state were under storm warnings Monday. Residents of Sherrodsville, Ohio, pulled out their measuring sticks to snap photos of 14 inches of snow piled on the ground.
And in Milford, Connecticut, several homes flooded with water measuring two-feet deep in some spots, Fox News reported.
Forecasters in Buffalo, New York, said the snow was falling fast, dumping more than 16 inches by 8am. The city advised people not to travel if they didn’t need to on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while some surrounding towns instituted a travel ban.
Another arctic blast is expected to hit the Midwest by Wednesday before spreading south and east by Thursday morning.
The wind chill is forecast to dip well below zero degrees Fahrenheit from Des Moines to Chicago and into upstate New York. The wind chill will be in the teens and single digits as far south as Arkansas and Tennessee.
The Saskatchewan Screamer continued to hammer the US on Monday, when it zeroed in on the northeast. A woman is pictured walking past a frozen sculpture on January 17. A woman is pictured walking past a frozen sculpture in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A Suffolk County police car is pictured powering through a flooded area in Coram, New York on January 16 after the ongoing Saskatchewan Screamer storm flooded coastal regions on the east coast and caused snowstorms inland
Pictured: a man walks across the snow-covered Rachel Carson bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 17
A worker uses a snow plow to clear streets in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 17
A cat is pictured playing in the snow in the Toronto, Ontario area on January 17
A National Park Service worker shovels snow near the Washington monument on January 17 following a snow-filled night
An aerial photo shows snow covering the City of Miamisburg, Ohio, on January 17
Visitors walk past the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial as the sun breaks through the clouds in Washington, DC on January 17
Women are seen jogging past the Lincoln Memorial plaza January 17 after a stormy night in Washington, DC
Snow dusts the grass surrounding headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on January 17
States with most power outages
West Virginia 8,424
North Carolina 6,803
On Monday, New York City and Boston were spared the heaviest snowfall, which was accumulating at higher elevations in western Massachusetts, eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New England.
As eight inches of snow accumulated in the Lower Hudson Valley, downpours drenched coastal cities, causing flooding in some regions, the National Weather Service said.
Flood warnings were in effect Monday morning for parts of New York City, including: Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan.
Winter storm warnings remained in effect from southern New York to Northern New England, said CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray.
‘The I-95 corridor has pretty much been the dividing line between rain and snow,’ she said on air. ‘The snow has really been in interior sections and all the rain along the coast.’
New York Governor Kathy Hochul gave residents a stern warning: ‘Please stay home.
‘But if your work requires you to be out or you have to be somewhere, make sure that you are fortified even in your own vehicle with food and water and whatever else you may need, including blankets or clothing.’
Residents of Vermont were seen digging themselves out of the snow Monday; about a foot of snow accumulated in Burlington by early afternoon, with some using the opportunity to take their huskies out for a sleigh ride.
In Pennsylvania, Colver was hit with a foot of snow and Pittsburgh received seven inches.
Harry Ruester of Brattleboro, Vermont clears his driveway January 7 during a snowstorm
The snow-covered Pittsburg, Pennsylvania skyline is seen from the Andy Warhol bridge on January 17
A bundled-up woman waits for the bus to arrive in Brattleboro, Vermont on January 17
A man carries his cross-country skis in the Vermont town while walking through the storm January 17
A woman’s poncho billows in the wind as she walks through stormy conditions in Queens, New York, on January 17
Visitors walk past the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial following the storm on January 17
‘This was a snowstorm that hit fast, it hit hard,’ Pittsburg Mayor Ed Gainey said in an online video statement.
The wind-driven storm is being blamed after two people died Sunday night when their car went off road and collided with trees in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Now the extreme weather is battering the northeast, with torrents of snow, sleet and rain triggering widespread flood warnings.
The Canadian province of Ontario was also hit by the storm, which prompted school closures and traffic disruptions due to heavy snowfall and powerful winds.
Most of the New York City area was under a coastal flood warning on January 17
A large tree limb snapped during the storm and took down an electrical wire, barely missing an Audi parked on the street in Babylon, New York on January 17
A woman is pictured walking her dog January 17 along Rockaway Beach, Queens, which was under a flood warning
People in the Bronx are pictured bundling up January 17 as rain hammered the area during the ongoing winter storm Izzy
Waves rage at the Storm Surf and Foam Fire Island in Long Island, New York on January 17
Virginia, Georgia, and North and South Carolina meanwhile have all declared states of emergency as workers attempting to clear debris and restart public transport reel from the brutal conditions.
Areas such as central Mississippi and central North Carolina received around nine inches of snow over the weekend, while parts of central South Carolina had up to a half-inch of ice, according to the NWS.
Forecasters said wind gusts in New York City could top out around 45 mph and around 60 mph on Long Island. NWS meteorologists in Boston said wind gusts could reach 70 mph.
The howling winds spread a fire that destroyed a motel and two other structures in coastal Salisbury, Massachusetts, early Monday.
Pictured: A man clears heavy snow off his driveway in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on January 17
A woman in Pittsfield, Massachusetts clears off her car January 17 during the snowstorm
A Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio resident is pictured plowing their walkway Monday after snow blanketed the region
A backyard in Sherrodsville, Ohio is pictured Monday after 14 inches of snow here in the town
Plows are pictured clearing snow from the streets of Cleveland, Ohio on January 17
In New Hampshire, the state closed its five COVID-19 testing sites as well as a vaccine clinic.
The storm also triggered several tornadoes Sunday, with one twister wiping out mobile home parks in Fort Meyers, Florida, leaving upward of 200 residents homeless.
Shocking video footage showed how the tornado obliterated the local Tropicana RV resort; the nearby Cottage Point Trailer Park was also hit.
Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass said 28 homes were destroyed and another 62 were rendered unlivable.
The storm is expected to move into eastern Canada Monday night, although forecasters said strong winds in the US could linger.
New York City employees are seen repairing drains, surrounded by water from the storm, on January 17
Wet roads on City Island in the Bronx are pictured during the January 17 storm