Updated at 12:15 a.m., Feb. 9, 2013
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A power-packed blizzard was continuing to pummel eastern Long Island and Connecticut late Friday night, while leaving in its wake a significant impact on New York City and parts of New Jersey.
Widespread power outages were affecting parts of the area, especially customers in Connecticut and Long Island.
As of Friday night, more than 25,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers were without power while more than 10,000 outages were being reported for Long Island Power Authority customers.
Before the storm is finished, New York City could see as much as a foot of snow. The likelihood of that is greatest in the Bronx and upper Queens, AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Bowers reported.
The heaviest precipitation continued to fall Friday night on Long Island and in Connecticut, where a foot and a half of snow is possible.
And the storm’s impact was not only in the form of snow, but also strong winds. In fact, CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn said there was a verified reading of an 81 mph wind gust in Montauk.
A State of Emergency was earlier declared in both New York and Connecticut.
Quinn highlighted some parts of the area expected to see high snow totals. They include:
Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey: 10 inches
Andover, New Jersey: 12 inches
Central Park: 8 inches
Stony Brook, Long Island: 15 inches
Danbury, Connecticut: 16 inches
Snow accumulations on Saturday morning are expected to range from 10 to 14 inches north of the city, Quinn said. The bulk of the city is expected to get about 7 to 10 inches. On Long Island, 10-15 inches is expected.
Areas west and south of New York City are expected to get 3 to 6 inches.
“Maybe it’s going to back off a little bit, maybe an inch or two less than what I was thinking yesterday,” Quinn said.
Boston will be hardest hit, with totals expected to eclipse 2 feet.
The strongest winds and heaviest snow will occur Friday evening into Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said. White-out conditions are expected to hit much of the area Friday night, making travel extremely dangerous.
Another big concern is flooding along the coast, especially for residents still cleaning up from Superstorm Sandy. A coastal flood watch will also be in effect Friday night through Saturday morning.
EMERGENCY DECLARED IN CONN.
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy issued a motor vehicle travel ban on limited access highways. The ban went into effect at 4 p.m. and will remain in effect until further notice, Malloy said.
“As the weather gets worse over the next few hours, we need to keep the roads clear so that emergency-related personnel and utility crews can reach those that may need our help,” Malloy said in a statement. “By traveling in these conditions, you are not only putting yourself in danger, but you are potentially risking the lives of first responders, utility workers and other residents. Please be safe.”
Malloy had earlier declared a state of emergency and deployed National Guard troops around the state to help with any rescues and other emergencies during a potentially historic winter storm.
For more information on how Connecticut is handling the storm, click here.
NEW YORK STATE
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center at noon Friday to monitor the storm’s impact and coordinate response efforts.