Thundersnow Storms Hit New England Overnight

January 12, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

A man crosses a street as fresh snow fell overnight in New York, January 12, 2011.  (Emmanuel Dunad/AFP/Getty Images)
A man crosses a street as fresh snow fell overnight in New York, January 12, 2011. (Emmanuel Dunad/AFP/Getty Images)
A blizzard, which even featured thunder and lightning in certain places, hit New England on Tuesday night and will continue in some parts on Wednesday.

Residents are currently battling the icy conditions, Accuweather.com reported. The powerful nor’easter hit the Interstate 95 corridor from Boston to Bangor, Maine, as well as areas nearby.

“A powerful nor'easter will continue to bury New England much of the day today with fierce blizzard conditions toward the coast creating nightmares for travelers and residents,” Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski of Accuweather wrote.

TheWeatherSpace.com reported that “even thunderstorms” accompanied the blizzard. The weather site said that they confirmed via radar lightning strikes in Long Island and in Connecticut. On Wednesday, thunderstorms could again accompany the continual blanketing of snow.

Newtown, Conn., received 27 inches during the overnight storm and parts of Long Island received 18 inches, Accuweather reported.

New York City was also hit by the nor’easter, although not as severely. The New York Times reports that schools across the city are open, field trips are closed, and most private schools are closed for the day.

Several weeks ago, New York took the brunt of a huge snowstorm that made travel throughout the East Coast a nightmare for people during the holiday season. Numerous flights were delayed or canceled and trains were shut down until cleanup crews arrived.

Accuweather meteorologist Andy Mussoline notes that “commuter trains could experience delays or cancellations across the region as well."