A winter storm is hammering areas of the Northeast, dumping as much as 23 inches of snow in some spots and causing thousands of flight delays.
In Caribou, Maine, forecasters Tweeted a plea this morning, asking “Will it ever end?”
While the blizzard is expected to wind down tonight, areas from Washington D.C., through northern Maine will experience wind gusts of up to 60 mph in some areas.
The culprit for the messy weather is a low pressure system that was located about 170 miles east of Cape Cod early this morning.
Brett Anderson, a senior meteorologist with Accuweather, said the pressure had dropped to 960s by late afternoon. The most intense hurricanes have sea level pressures below 900 mb, while these kinds of winter cyclones rarely drop below 950 mb.
“If you look at a satellite feature, it almost has an eye,” Anderson said. “We get these every now and then and this is a very, very intense storm. There is no question about that.”
National Weather Service forecasters in Boston expect the system to move out to sea tonight, but fear power outages from the high winds and snow weighing down trees and power lines.
Social media is calling the storm, and the one that hit last week, “snowicanes.”
The storm last week, dubbed Niko by the Weather Channel, dumped up to 2 feet of snow. The addition of today’s snow has forecasters fearing collapsed roofs.
The Weather Channel reported that heavy snow in Millinocket, Maine collapsed the roof of a bowling alley on Sunday.
“Someone called 911 and said they heard an explosion but in my opinion it was more like an implosion because of how the front and back of the building are,” Cote told the paper. “I believe that it was caused by the weight of the snow and ice” on the roof.