A powerful storm Sunday and Monday dropped more than 2 feet of snow in parts of upstate New York and northern New England - and heavy rain and freezing rain in other parts of the U.S. Northeast - cutting power to thousands and challenging motorists.
Thirty inches of snow was recorded in Jericho, Vermont, and New York’s Saranac Lake received 29 inches, according to CNN affiliate WPTZ. The roughly 24 inches of snow that fell in South Burlington, Vermont, is the fifth-largest amount from one storm recorded there, according to WPTZ and CNN affiliate WCAX.
Nearly all flights to and from Burlington’s airport were grounded on Monday, more than 10,000 Vermont utility customers were without power and many roads across the state were impassable, WCAX reported.
Even lesser amounts of snow were a problem in Syracuse, New York. The storm dropped nearly 14 inches there and snowplow drivers struggled to keep up, with five trucks breaking down during the storm. Many streets in the city went unplowed, leaving residents like John Leavines unable to get to work, according to CNN affiliate WSYR.
“I got suspended from work for a week because I couldn’t get there on time,” Leavines told WSYR. “No plows…what time is it? Noon? 1? Horrible.”
Heavy rain, freezing rain and melting snow were causing flooding in other parts of the Northeast. Flood warnings were issued in parts of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
In Leominster, Massachusetts, firefighters rescued a man from his van after icy floodwaters surrounded it near a mall.