Snow wreaks havoc on East Coast, causing commuter chaos and leaving at least 7 dead

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A fall snowstorm wreaked havoc on the East Coast Thursday, stranding New York City commuters, canceling more than 7,000 flights, knocking out power to more than 300,000 residents and forcing children to stay at school overnight.

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The rough weather has contributed to at least seven deaths in the U.S., The Associated Press said.

In Connecticut, a man was shoveling snow off his car on Interstate-95 when another car spun out of control and hit him, the state police said.

The snow, sleet and rain caused chaos on roadways across the Northeast, especially during the evening commute.

New Jersey State Police said they responded to over 500 crashes on Thursday while Maryland State Police said they responded to over 400 crashes.

In New Jersey, some students from Liberty Middle School had to sleep at their school in West Orange after the storm kept them from getting home Thursday.

The school tweeted photos of the students’ activities during their unexpected sleepover, from late-night ice cream to early morning French toast.

One of New York City’s biggest commuter hubs, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, closed on Thursday when it ran out of room, stranding snow-soaked commuters trying to get home to New Jersey.

The terminal has since re-opened.

It was a “horrible experience” and “the perfect storm,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told local news channel NY1 on Friday.

PHOTO: A tree collapsed on top of a parked car in Manhattan on Nov. 15, 2018 in New York.Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
A tree collapsed on top of a parked car in Manhattan on Nov. 15, 2018 in New York.

The mayor stressed that he would have warned drivers to stay off the road if the city knew there would be accumulating snow.

De Blasio urged New Yorkers to avoid driving on Friday if possible, and leave work early if they can.

“Roads are moving, although a little slowly around the city,” he told NY1. “Let’s assume it’s still going to be a little messy for the rest of the day and as few cars on the road as humanly possible.”

PHOTO: Cars pause at a light as a wintry mix of snow, rain and ice fall during the evening commute in Manhattan on Nov. 15, 2018 in New York.Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Cars pause at a light as a wintry mix of snow, rain and ice fall during the evening commute in Manhattan on Nov. 15, 2018 in New York.

Massive snow totals

New York City got a whopping six inches of snow, the biggest one-day snow total for the city in November since the late 1800s.

Philadelphia saw 3.6 inches, its biggest storm since 1967.

Other snow totals:

Mount Hope, New York: 18.3 inches
Newton, Pennsylvania: 12.3 inches
Montague, New Jersey: 10.2 inches
New Fairfield, Connecticut: 10 inches
Burrillville, Rhode Island: 9 inches

PHOTO: A young girl brushes off snow on the Fearless Girl statue in lower Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in New York. One of the first big storms of the season moved across the eastern half of the country on Thursday. AP
A young girl brushes off snow on the Fearless Girl statue in lower Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in New York. One of the first big storms of the season moved across the eastern half of the country on Thursday.

The forecast

The nor’easter is moving through the Northeast Friday morning and bringing more snow from New York to Maine.

Some areas in New England could see three to six more inches of fresh snow.

The storm will exit the Northeast by Friday afternoon but a smaller system is developing in the Northern Plains.

PHOTO: A new system is developing in the Northern Plains on Friday, which will bring snow to the Midwest on Friday and Saturday.ABC News
A new system is developing in the Northern Plains on Friday, which will bring snow to the Midwest on Friday and Saturday.

This new storm system will move through the Great Lakes overnight into Saturday morning and bring snow from Minneapolis to Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and into Grand Rapids, Michigan.

PHOTO: An additional 3 to 6 inches of snow are possible in northern New York and New England on Friday and Saturday.ABC News
An additional 3 to 6 inches of snow are possible in northern New York and New England on Friday and Saturday.

Another dose of arctic air will move into the Midwest this weekend and into the Northeast early next week.

PHOTO: A blast of cold is expected in the Midwest and Northeast starting on Sunday.ABC News
A blast of cold is expected in the Midwest and Northeast starting on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

ABC News’ Aaron Katersky contributed to this report.





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