The northeast is receiving an early taste of winter weather extending from the Mid-Atlantic states all the way to Maine. The rare storm is expected to break records for measurable snow for the month of October.
Power outages are reported along the I-95 corridor from Virginia to New Jersey with over a million homes without electric and more expected. Delays are being reported at airports affected by the unusual storm.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has issued a state of emergency
after the heavy, wet snow brought down trees and electric lines, affecting over a half million residents.
The storm, called very, very unusual by the National Weather Service, brought 10 inches of snow to Frostburg, MD, and up to a foot in the higher elevations of West Virginia, before moving northward dumping 10 to 12 inches across Pennsylvania.
The New York Office of Emergency Management has issued
a Hazardous Travel Advisory for Saturday, with up to a foot of snow expected by morning. Residents are being asked to avoid unnecessary travel and use caution on the roads, and to take public transportation if possible. Damage to trees on streets and in the parks from the heavy snow and strong winds is expected to keep crews working throughout the weekend.
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy cautioned residents
of the state to "think about what you’d need if the power went out – batteries, battery-powered radios, flashlights and of course ways to keep warm – extra clothing and blankets and be sure to check your generator if you have one."
Gov. Malloy announced via Twitter that at least one fatality has been confirmed from the storm. The death occurred on Route 85 in Colchester, according to the governor.
The freak snowstorm is expected to continue through the night, with strong winds expected into Monday.