Nor'easter slams the Northeast

By Adrienne Vogt and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 0107 GMT (0907 HKT) January 30, 2022
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7:30 p.m. ET, January 29, 2022

Parts of Massachusetts may see 30 inches of snow, governor says

From CNN’s Kiely Westhoff

A man shovels snow in near whiteout conditions during a nor'easter in Marshfield, Massachusetts, on January 29.
A man shovels snow in near whiteout conditions during a nor'easter in Marshfield, Massachusetts, on January 29. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images)

The nor’easter snowstorm has delivered heavy snowfall and high winds as predicted in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a news conference on Saturday. 

More than 100,000 power outages have been reported statewide and more are expected overnight due to high winds, he said. 

The snow was falling at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour for several hours in many parts of the state and is expected to continue for the next couple of hours, Baker said. Southeastern Massachusetts may receive up to 30 inches of snow while the greater Boston area may get 2 feet, the governor said. 

The rate of snow is expected to slow soon but light to moderate snowfall will continue until approximately 11 p.m. ET.

Utility crews are doing damage assessments and will begin working on restoring power when wind falls below 35 mph, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Katie Theoharides said during the presser.

Baker said crews will be working throughout the night into early tomorrow morning to clear the snow. Approximately 3,000 pieces of snow-clearing equipment are in use across the state, he said. The governor said it will take until at least mid-morning Sunday for the roads to be in better condition for drivers.  

The Massachusetts governor said the tractor-trailer ban on all interstate highways will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

6:59 p.m. ET, January 29, 2022

Delaware governor terminates state of emergency and eases driving restrictions

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian

Delaware Gov. John Carney terminated the state of emergency he announced Friday night and eased driving restrictions in certain counties in the state starting at 6 p.m. ET, according to a news release from his office.

Carney eased driving restrictions in Kent and Sussex counties, allowing drivers to operate vehicles there with “extra caution” as outlined by the Delaware Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT) Level 1 driving warning guidelines.

Those warnings start at 6 p.m and are effective until 8 a.m. Sunday, according to Carney. The governor also lifted the Level 1 driving warning for New Castle County effective 6 p.m. 

“Drivers should continue to exercise caution as DelDOT continues to clear roadways,” Carney said in the release. “Thank you to our DelDOT crews, the Delaware National Guard, and all state and local officials for their response efforts throughout this storm.”

6:52 p.m. ET, January 29, 2022

Atlantic City and Philadelphia set daily snowfall records

From CNN's Gene Norman

According to the National Weather Service, the following areas broke snowfall records for this calendar date, Jan. 29:

  • Atlantic City recorded 14-inches of snow, breaking the old record of 7.3 inches set in 2014.
  • John F. Kennedy Airport recorded 11 inches, breaking the old record of 1.0 set in 2014.
  • LaGuardia Airport recorded 9.4 inches, shattering the old record of .9 inches set in 1966.
  • New York’s Central Park recorded 7.3 inches, breaking the old record of 4.7 inches set in 1904.
  • Philadelphia recorded 5.8 inches of snow today, breaking the old record of 5.0 inches set in 1904.

Atlantic City’s monthly total is now 33.2 inches, far surpassing the previous monthly mark of 20.3 inches set in January 1987.

5:22 p.m. ET, January 29, 2022

Roughly 19 million people are under winter weather alerts due to the ongoing storm

Zack Andersen skis off a jump built on the lawn of Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, on Saturday, January 29, in Somervillle, Mass.
Zack Andersen skis off a jump built on the lawn of Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, on Saturday, January 29, in Somervillle, Mass. (Josh Reynolds/AP Images)

There are nearly 19 million people under winter weather alerts across six states as of 4 p.m. ET, according to the National Weather Service.

These alerts extend from southern New York to Maine and include New York City, Boston and Portland.

Nine million people remain in a blizzard warning from New York to Maine, mainly along the coast, the NWS added.

4:04 p.m. ET, January 29, 2022

See the latest snowfall amounts in your area

From CNN's John Keefe

Wondering how much has already fallen? This map shows snow reports from across the Northeast.

4:05 p.m. ET, January 29, 2022

Parts of New Jersey and New York record over 18 inches of snow

As of 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, the highest snowfall amounts have been recorded along the New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastlines, according to the National Weather Service.

Bayville, N.J., observed 19 inches; Bay Shore, N.Y., recorded 18.5 inches; Norton, Mass., got 17.6 inches; and Warren, R.I., measured 17 inches.

3:40 p.m. ET, January 29, 2022

High winds, snow and flooding across Nantucket leave areas without power

From CNN’s Liam Reilly and Artemis Moshtaghian

Nantucket fire crews are battling high winds and snow, which have caused several fallen trees across the Massachusetts island, Fire Chief Stephen Murphy told CNN Saturday afternoon.

Downtown Nantucket and other areas of the island have been affected by flooding at high tide, and as a result, Murphy said several roadways are closed.

Murphy says several areas are without power due to downed wires.

“The fire department has been busy responding to many fire alarms due to the weather but has not responded to any needs for rescues due to the storm,” Murphy said, adding that there are currently no shelters opened on the island by either emergency management or the Red Cross.

2:33 p.m. ET, January 29, 2022

Nor’easter spurs over 3,500 US flight cancellations on Saturday

More than 3,500 flights within, into or out of the United States have been canceled for Saturday as the potentially dangerous nor’easter moves along the East Coast, according to FlightAware.

There are also currently over 1,000 delays within, into or out of the US.

In addition to Saturday’s weather woes, more than 1,000 flights have already been canceled for Sunday, according to the site.

2:27 p.m. ET, January 29, 2022

How to stay safe in a blizzard

From CNN's Forrest Brown

Multiple blizzard warnings have been issued from the National Weather Service because of the nor'easter barreling up the East Coast today.

Officials have warned residents to hunker down and avoid driving so plows can work on clearing the snow.

Read more about what to do if you get stuck: