Winter Storm Update: Thousands of Power Outages, Flight Delays Across Northeast, With New Storm Bringing Snowfall in West

Thousands of people have been affected by power outages in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with lake effect snow expected across the Great Lakes area as the powerful winter storm exits the Northeast.

Meanwhile a new storm brewing off the West Coast is forecast to bring heavy rainfall and snow showers in parts of California, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico.

Nearly 36,000 residents in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are reported to be without power as of Wednesday, with power having been restored for nearly half of the more than 80,000 homes across all three states that experienced power cuts on Tuesday, according to Poweroutages.us.

New Jersey has been hit with the bulk of it, with more than 32,000 power outages currently reported in the state.

"Crews are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. If you have not yet reported your outage, please do so as soon as possible: http://bit.ly/2Y9Ytev @NJGov @Govmurphy @ReadyNJ," the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced on its official Twitter account.

Pennsylvania was also reported to be restoring downed electrical wires mostly in its Northeast region (in the Monroe, Susquehanna, Pike, Tioga, Wyoming and Wayne counties), which had about 18,000 power outages as of Tuesday morning, according to a post by the official Twitter account of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission Press Office.

Nearly 14,000 flights traveling from, through, and to the U.S. were delayed and more than 1,200 flights were canceled on Tuesday, while more than 4,637 are delayed and 463 have been canceled as of Wednesday, according to the latest figures from FlightAware, a live global flight tracking platform.

Crew members from the New Jersey Department of Transportation have been clearing the highways of snow and will continue to monitor conditions. But commuters have been warned: "Roads may be slippery, particularly in north and western parts of NJ. Remove snow & ice from your car, plan extra travel time, and keep a safe following distance," the department said in a post on its official Twitter account.

Troopers and civilian staff members of the New York State Police will also monitor conditions and help with the storm cleanup in New York State, where a State of Emergency was declared across seven counties on Monday, including Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Ulster Counties, according to a statement by the New York State governor's office.

The state was reported to have responded to more than 1,000 storm-related crashes since Sunday, following Thanksgiving weekend, including one that saw a bus carrying around 30 passengers crash on the New York State Thruway on Tuesday about 7 p.m., New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed on his official Twitter account.

"Emergency personnel responded to the accident & thankfully, there appear to be no life-threatening injuries. I urge all NYers to stay off the roads. If you have to drive, use caution," he added.

New York residents were also advised to take care as New York City is under Code Blue Warning tonight, with temperatures expected to drop below freezing, according to a post by the official Twitter account of the City of New York.

"A Code Blue Warning is triggered when temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower and requires shelter access to anyone in need of assistance," the official website of the City of New York explains.

Locals in New York State were also advised to allow plenty of room for plow trucks during the snow clean-ups, with many of them having large blind spots and being difficult to maneuver easily or stop as needed, the New York State Department of Transportation said in a post on its official Twitter account.

While the worst of the winter storm may be over in the Northeast, lake effect snow is expected in the Great Lakes area following a cold air mass dropping over the lakes, with the heaviest snowfall likely over Lake Erie and Lake Ontario through Thursday, the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center (NWS WPC) forecasts.

Meanwhile, a new storm building off the coast of California and moving inland is expected to cause heavy rainfall and mountain snow in New Mexico and California reaching more than six inches in some parts.

Parts of New Mexico, including the Tusas Mountains, Jemez Mountains and Northern/Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, are under a Winter Weather Advisory from 6 p.m. (local time) Wednesday to 6 p.m. (local time) Thursday.

A Winter Weather Advisory is issued when "snow, blowing snow, ice, sleet, or a combination of these wintry elements is expected but conditions should not be hazardous enough to meet warning criteria," the NWS explains.

"A storm off the California coast will move inland today and cross New Mexico Thursday. Snow will develop over the northern mountains today [Wednesday]. Lowering temperatures and snow levels tonight and Thursday will allow for accumulating snow above 8500 feet tonight and 7500 feet Thursday," the NWS said.

Fueled by moisture from the Pacific, central and southern California are forecast to see rainfall through the middle of this week, and moderate to heavy snow is expected for the central Sierra Nevada region.

"Snow showers are likely across the higher terrain of central Nevada, Utah, and western Colorado as the upper level low from the Pacific moves inland across the Desert Southwest. Isolated snowfall totals in excess of six inches are possible," the NWS predicts.

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A man plows the snow during a massive winter storm on January 4, 2018 in New York City. Getty Images
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