Wind-driven winter storm knocks out power, closes highways

Written by The Associated Press and Staff Report/WITF | Mar 2, 2018 5:24 AM

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

(Philadelphia) -- Pennsylvania utilities report more than 150,000 outages as powerful nor'easter is bringing heavy rain, high winds and in some areas heavy wet snow, knocking down trees and power lines.

Large clusters of outages are reported on opposite sides of the state, including in the Erie area and Pocono Mountains.

Winds were picking up in some areas Friday afternoon, with white-out driving conditions reported in the Poconos.

Gusts of up to 60 mph are possible.

In parts of northeastern Pennsylvania, where heavy and wet snow has fallen, car and truck crashes have closed sections of major roads , including Interstate 81.

Some flights have been canceled at Philadelphia's airport.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 47,000 customers in the midstate were without power. 

Here's a county-by-county breakdown:

Adams -- 684

Berks - 5,061

Cumberland - 4,005

Columbia - 1,611

Dauphin - 2,929

Franklin -- 352

Juniata -- 717

Lancaster - 4,338

Lebanon - 4,063

Mifflin -- 621

Northumberland -- 904

Perry -- 876

Schuylkill - 3,581

Snyder - 1,937

Union -- 777

York - 14,661

An earlier story appears below. 

(Undated) -- A major Nor'easter started to slam the midstate today with heavy rain, intermittent snow and strong winds.

Gusts exceeding 50 mph are expected as the storm moves up the Eastern seaboard. A high wind warning has been issued by the National Weather Service until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow in Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.

Some parts of the region could see up to an inch of snow this morning.

The heaviest snowfall is expected to be in parts of western New York into northern Pennsylvania, with 8 to 12 inches likely.

Across the East Coast, authorities told residents of coastal communities to be prepared to evacuate if necessary in advance of this  morning's high tide

Airlines were making their own preparations. Delta, Southwest, JetBlue and American Airlines were allowing travelers to change their Friday and Saturday flights ahead of time to avoid delays and cancellations at key airports across the Northeast.

Regional power utilities said they had extra crews on standby to deal with expected outages.

*The Associated Press contributed to this story*

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