In Pictures: Blizzard hits Appalachia

Sandy converged with a cold-weather system that turned into a horrible hybrid of rain and high wind—even snow! Wet snow and high winds spinning off the edge of Superstorm Sandy spread blizzard conditions over parts of West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states. Since early Tuesday, at least 236,000 customers were without power in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service said a foot and more of snow was reported in lower elevations of West Virginia, where most towns and roads are. High elevations in the mountains were getting more than two feet and a blizzard warning for more than a dozen counties was in effect until Wednesday afternoon.

Here are some pictures of the blizzard in Appalachia:

Snow plows open Interstate 68 in Garrett County in western Maryland October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

A small front loader tractor clears snow in Grantsville, Maryland October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

A snow-stuck freight truck (R) is hooked up by a large tow truck (L) in Garrett County, western Maryland, October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

A vehicle travels a freshly plowed road Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after superstorm Sandy moved through Elkins, W.Va. Sandy buried parts of West Virginia under more than a foot of snow on Tuesday, cutting power to at least 243,000 customers and closing dozens of roads. At least one death was reported. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith)

A man shovels snow near his pick up truck on Interstate 68 in Garrett County, western Maryland, October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

Sheeps try to find food and shelter beside pine trees laden with heavy snow during a blizzard from Hurricane Sandy in Garrett County, western Maryland October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER ANIMALS)

A vehicle drives past a fallen tree limb caused by heavy snow during a blizzard caused by Hurricane Sandy in Garrett County, western Maryland October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to swaths of the densely populated region, swamped New York’s subways and flooded streets in Manhattan’s financial district. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

Snow covers the streets Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after superstorm Sandy moved through Elkins, W.Va. Sandy buried parts of West Virginia under more than a foot of snow on Tuesday, cutting power to at least 243,000 customers and closing dozens of roads. At least one death was reported. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith)

Sandy Hits New York, 5 Killed

Superstorm Sandy marched inland across the East Coast of the United States. The storm which made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening killed at least 16 people, 5 in New York, 3 in New Jersey, 3 in Pennsylvania 2 in Connecticut and 1 each in Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy rush into the Port Authority Trans-Hudson’s (PATH) Hoboken, New Jersey station through an elevator shaft in this video frame grab from the NY/NJ Port Authority twitter feed October 29, 2012. REUTERS/NY/NJ Port Authority/Twitter (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

The storm also cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio and caused scares at two nuclear power plants.

The massive storm reached into Midwest. Residents in Chicago were warned to stay away from Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds up to 60 mph and waves exceeding 24 feet into Wednesday.

Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

13-foot surge of seawater gushed into Gotham (3 feet higher than previous record).

Daniel Brown of warning coordination meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said that heavy rain and local flooding will continue.

Sandy converged with a cold-weather system that turned into a horrible hybrid of rain and high wind—even snow in West Virginia!

Storm surf kicked up by the high winds from Hurricane Sandy break onto homes in Southampton, New York October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the East Coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground, public transport shut down and the stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

While the hurricane’s 90 mph winds registered as only a Category 1 on a scale of five, it packed “astoundingly low” barometric pressure, giving it terrific energy to push water inland, said Kerry Emanuel, a professor of meteorology at MIT.

Even before Sandy reached Atlantic City, the superstorm it had already crushed an old, 50- foot piece, world-famous Broadwalk.

An historic ferry boat named the Binghamton is swamped by the waves of the Hudson River in Edgewater, N.J., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as Hurricane Sandy lashes the East Coast. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

After backup generator failed, New York University’s Tisch Hospital was forced to evacuate 200 patients including 20 babies from neonatal intensive care that were on battery-powered respirators.

The Holland Tunnel which connects from New York to New Jersey, the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan were closed due to the storm. Also closed were The Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and several other spans.

Streets are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)