CBS News reports as many as 650,000 people without power mainly in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Snow reports in the region have topped 25 inches in many areas. New York City saw closer to 10 to 12 inches of snow according to reports to the National Weather Service.
Former WOWK sports anchor Jamie Staton now lives in New Hampshire and awoke to snow drifts several feet high on his doors and reports a long day of using his snow blower ahead just to get out of his house and driveway.
The Stormtracker meteorologists say there will still be some snow for New England today as well as lingering strong winds at times, but not nearly as intense as the Friday night portion of the storm. People with travel interests to that region should remain flexible in their plans as it could take a few days to get passengers awaiting flights back on track. CBS News reports over 5,000 flights canceled now since Thursday.
Reports from New England now show snow drifts as high as car door handles in some areas. Storm surge can become a problem for coastal areas of New England with winds gusting onshore as high as 75 mph overnight and a rising tide Saturday morning.
The snow is not entirely negative however. Another former Huntington resident, Sonya Hall, recently moved to Connecticut and sent WOWK a photo of the snow with this update: "Beautiful snowy conditions here in New England....we're thankful for Internet so we can keep up w/Spencer Adkins and all our friends at WOWK-TV and in Huntington....and also thankful for electric blankets!!"
People in the Boston area are under orders to stay off area roadways or face possible jail time and a fine as the storm intensifies. Wind gusts of up to 71 mph have been reported along the sea coast and thundersnow has been reported with the storm in Connecticut.
Despite being told there were no flight connections available and that she would be stuck through Monday in California, Huntington resident Erin Highlander was able to find a connecting flight to West Virginia through Atlanta. She tells 13 News she spent over four hours on the phone with airlines representatives who told her it was not possible to get back to West Virginia until Monday since her original flight was supposed to connect through New York. She went to the Orange County Airport in person where a gate agent was able to find her a connecting flight and arrived home Friday afternoon.
"A little luck and a little patience really does go a long way and tonight I'm home with the family," said Highlander.
Her travel problems are not unique as thousands of flights have been delayed from Boston and New York to airports across the nation and even international flights.
Two storms are will combine to form a powerful and potent Nor 'Easter storm bringing as many as two feet of snow to parts of New England Friday and Saturday. Snow from the northern system is also forecast to leave up to a foot of snow across parts of the Great Lakes region into interior New York before meeting up with the southern system, adding the punch needed to create the Nor 'Easter.