Winter Storm Quinn Hammers the Northeast With 3 Feet of Snow in Some Places

the Meteorologists
Published: March 8, 2018

Winter Storm Quinn continues to bring snow to the Northeast, where it has brought up to 3 feet of heavy, wet snow and wind gusts over 50 mph, causing more than 1 million power outages.

(MORE: Winter Storm Central | How Winter Storms are Named)

Happening Now

Snow will continue across northern and eastern New England Thursday evening and gusty winds will also persist, especially in eastern New England.

(LATEST NEWS: At Least 2 Dead; Nearly a Million Without Power)

Other areas of light snow are pivoting through the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.

Current Radar and Conditions

More than 30 inches of snow has accumulated in parts of southern Vermont as of early Thursday. Additional snowfall reports can be found below the forecast sections.

Winter Storm Alerts

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for northern Maine. Warnings are also in effect to the southeast of Lake Erie. 

A winter weather advisory for lighter snow accumulations covers parts of northern New York. Advisories are also in effect to the southeast of Lake Erie, including Erie, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio, and for the central Appalachians.  

Winter Weather Alerts

Quinn's coastal low will not be as powerful or as slow-moving as the one we saw during Winter Storm Riley last week, but it'll still pack a punch. In general, the magnitude of the winds and coastal flooding from Quinn will not rise to the level we saw in Riley.

(MORE: 3 Ways Winter Storm Quinn Isn't Like the Last Nor'easter)

Forecast Timing  

Thursday Evening

  • The area of low pressure will track off the New England coast toward eastern Maine.
  • Lingering heavy snow is likely in northern New England, particularly in central and northern Maine, northern New Hampshire, northern Vermont and far upstate New York.
  • Another area of lingering snow is expected in parts of Lower Michigan and Ohio into western and northern New York, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
  • Strong winds may persist in Maine, eastern New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts much of the day, but will slacken off elsewhere.
  • Forecast: Bangor, MaineBoston

Thursday's Forecast

    Additional Snow Forecast

    The heaviest additional accumulations of up to six inches of snow are most likely in parts of northern Maine, and southeast of Lake Erie.

    At times, this snow may fall at the rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour or heavier.

    A few inches of additional snowfall may accumulate in parts of New Hampshire, Vermont, northern New York and western Pennsylvania.

    Additional Snowfall Forecast Through Thursday

    Northeast Snowfall Reports

    Below are the top snowfall totals by state as of midday Thursday:

    • Connecticut: 28 inches in Warren; 26.8 inches in New Fairfield; 16.2 inches in Danbury; 8.7 inches in Hartford
    • Delaware: 2.1 inches in Newark
    • Maine: 19 inches in Sanford; 16 inches near Saco; 15.7 inches in Portland; 13.5 inches in Brunswick
    • Maryland: 4.5 inches near Churchville and Bel Air
    • Massachusetts: 32 inches in Clarksburg; 30 inches in North Adams;13.5 inches in Pittsfield; 16.2 inches in Worcester; 5.9 inches in Boston
    • New Hampshire: 18 inches in Sunapee; 16.9 inches in Hudson; 16 inches in Dover
    • New Jersey: 26.8 inches in Montville; 24 inches near Franklin Lakes; 23 inches in North Caldwell
    • New York: 26 inches in Sloatsburg; 24.5 inches near Hillsdale; 15.1 inches in Saratoga Springs; 3.2 inches in Central Park
    • Pennsylvania: 10.5 inches in Lower Makefield Township; 6.1 inches in Philadelphia
    • Rhode Island: 13 inches in Burrillville; 11.3 inches in North Foster; 4.2 inches in North Providence; 2.3 inches in Providence
    • Vermont: 36 inches near Woodford; 32.5 inches in Searsburg; 25 inches in Wilmington; 8.9 inches in Bennington

    Winter Storm Quinn developed in late February near the U.S. West Coast as a rather sluggish trough of low pressure that slouched into the Southwest. Quinn brought more than six feet of snow to the Sierra during its multi-day voyage through the Rockies before bringing near-blizzard conditions to parts of the northern Plains. 

    To read more about the early days of Winter Storm Quinn, including its trek through the West and Midwest, see the first part of our Winter Storm Quinn recap here

    Widespread thundersnow was reported in the New York City area, parts of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and southern New England Wednesday afternoon and early-evening, along with snowfall rates up to 3 inches per hour.

    The thundersnow led to a teacher being struck by lightning while on bus duty Wednesday afternoon in Ocean County, New Jersey, NBC10 Philadelphia reported. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

    The combination of heavy, wet snow and strong winds has brought down many large trees in the Northeast. A truck was hit by a falling tree on a Greenwich, Connecticut, highway early Wednesday evening. The driver reportedly escaped without injury.

    Additionally, one person was killed in Suffern, New York, after a tree collapsed on top of them, News 12 Westchester reported. Officials have not yet released their identity.

    As of late Wednesday evening, the top snow total was 26.8 inches in Montville, New Jersey.

    The Schuylkill Expressway was shut down just west of Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, as heavy snow led to numerous vehicle accidents.

    In Philadelphia's northwest suburbs, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, reported 4.5 inches of snowfall in only 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon. On Long Island, Islip, New York, received snowfall rates up to 2 inches per hour early Wednesday evening.

    Overall, the heaviest snow fell from northern New Jersey to parts of southern Maine through Thursday morning. 

    In addition to the snow, winds have gusted over 50 mph from parts of Long Island into New England, with a few gusts near 60 mph on Cape Cod and Nantucket, leading to hundreds of thousands of power outages across the Northeast.

    Why Will the 'Q' Storm (Quinn) Affect the Northeast After the 'R' Storm (Riley)?

    Winter Storm Quinn was named last Wednesday, Feb. 28, as it began to impact the Sierra Nevada and other parts of the Mountain West with heavy snow and strong winds.

    It has been tracking across the country over the last several days, and it will finally conclude its journey as a Northeast coastal storm.

    The Weather Channel and did not assign a name to Winter Storm Riley until early the following morning, Thursday, March 1, when the Buffalo National Weather Service office issued winter storm warnings for about 2.8 million people in western and north-central New York. That exceeded the population criterion (2 million) to name Riley.

    (MORE: How Winter Storms are Named)

    Had the naming criteria been reached for last week's nor'easter before it was met for the western storm, last week's nor'easter would have become Quinn and the current storm would be Riley. Since that wasn't the case, the Northeast will actually be impacted by the "Q" storm (Quinn) after the "R" storm (Riley).

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