Winter Storm Benji Bringing the Northeast Seaboard's First Snow of the Season After Dropping Record-Setting Snow in Texas and the Deep South


December 9, 2017

Already over 400,000 customers have lost power in the storm and roads remain treacherous in parts of the South. At least three people have been killed by Benji's trek across the South and mid-Atlantic. 



Winter Storm Benji is now spreading snow to much of the Northeast Seaboard, after blanketing a swath of the South with record-setting snowfall.

By the time Benji departs the Northeast, it will have laid down a blanket of snow 2,000 miles long from Texas to New England. Up to 18 inches of snow has fallen in the Appalachians already.


Snowfall caused by Winter Storm Benji across a swatch from southern Texas into the mid-Atlantic over a three day period ending at 7 AM EST, Dec. 9. Snowfall seen in the Great Lakes and Midwest was not caused by Benji. (NOAA/NOHRSC)


An expansive area of snow is now spreading into the Northeast and finally leaving the snow-weary Southeast.

Snow is now falling throughout the Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston metro areas, and will continue to spread north and gain intensity through the day. Through early Saturday afternoon, 1-4 inches of snow has been reported in southern New England and on Long Island, including 3.1 inches in North Haven, Connecticut. 

Philadelphia has picked up 1.3 inches of snow on the western edge of the snow shield. 

Close to an inch of snow has been reported at the National Weather Service office in Sterling, Virginia, in the Washington D.C. suburbs. Two inches of snow has been reported at D.C.'s Dulles airport. 

Snow continues in parts of Virginia and the western Carolinas. Meadows of Dan, Virginia has already picked up 6 inches of snow, and 3.5 inches was reported at Richmond.

Already, up to 3 inches of snow has been reported in Cape May, New Jersey and up to 7 inches of snow has accumulated in Harbeson, Delaware, and Salisbury, Maryland. Even on the coast, Atlantic City, New Jersey has picked up 0.2 inches

Over 10 inches of snow have blanketed the mountains of western North Carolina, topped by an estimated 18 inches near Cashiers. Over 8 inches has piled up in Asheville and just under 2 inches has been recorded in Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina.



Winter Weather Alerts

Winter storm warnings are in effect from parts of Virginia to Massachusetts, including Boston and Richmond, parts of Long Island and southern New Jersey, the Delmarva Peninsula and southern Maryland. These warnings do not include Philadelphia, Washington D.C. or New York City. 

Winter weather advisories have been issued from Maine to northern North Carolina, including the entire New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. metro areas and Raleigh. Travel will be hazardous in these areas.  


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