More than 50,000 customers in Maine and Vermont were without power on Sunday after a winter storm brought heavy snow across a wide swath of the Northeast.
Some parts of western Maine registered more than two feet of snow over the weekend, while some inland areas received about a foot, according to the National Weather Service.
Much of New Hampshire was blanketed with more than a foot of snow by Sunday. In southern Vermont, higher elevated areas saw about 20 inches of snow while lower elevated areas such as Burlington and Montpelier, the capital, received about nine inches, said Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the Weather Service.
In upstate New York, near the Adirondacks, the region had as much as 20 inches of snow, including in Buffalo, Mr. Chenard said.
“Those totals are pretty high over a large area,” he added.
On Saturday, more than 30,000 customers in New Hampshire and more than 13,000 in New York had experienced power outages, according to PowerOutage.us, which aggregates data from utilities across the country. By Sunday afternoon, most of those customers had their power restored.
Maine had about 38,000 customers without power on Sunday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us.
In Vermont on Sunday, more than 13,000 customers were without power, mostly in the southern parts of the state, according to the local utility, Green Mountain Power. The company said in a statement that the snow had weighed down power lines and trees, causing many to fall and creating new outages as electricity was restored in other areas.
Mike Burke, Green Mountain Power’s vice president of field operations, warned that some remote areas might not get power back for a few days because of the hazardous working and driving conditions.
“Clearing downed trees to get to outage locations has been slow and difficult,” Mr. Burke said.
The utility Central Maine Power said more than 700 workers went out on Saturday to restore power after heavy winds and snow damaged trees and utility poles.
“We will be moving crews into the hardest hit areas throughout the day, and they will be out working until every customer is restored,” Kerri Therriault, senior director of electric operations at Central Maine Power, said in a statement.
Ms. Therriault added that given the extent of the damage to power lines weighed down by heavy snow, the restoration effort would take multiple days.
“Some customers may be out of power until late Monday evening or early Tuesday in some of the hardest hit, more remote areas,” she said.
Ms. Therriault described the restoration process as “challenging” given the “difficult to drive to some of the damaged parts of the system,” where trees were still loaded with wet and heavy snow on Sunday.
Most of the United States was affected by this storm system as it swept through the country from the West Coast to the East Coast.
Feet of snow piled up across the Mountain West and the Northern Plains. A line of storms that moved through North Texas, across the South and into Florida spawned more than four dozen reported tornadoes that killed at least three people.
As the storm’s center slowly moved out of the Plains and into the Great Lakes region, it spun off a secondary storm in the Mid-Atlantic states, setting the stage for a coastal storm.
On Thursday, a coastal storm system formed near the Carolinas and began moving up the Eastern Seaboard, forecasters said.
The storm tracked close to the shoreline in what is often referred to by forecasters as a coastal hugger. As a result, the storm stayed too warm to produce snow in the major cities along the coast. New York City received rain, rather than snow, on Friday.
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Snowfall totals in some parts of the Northeast had reached the double digits by Saturday morning, according to reports from the National Weather Service.
Between two and 20 inches of wet and heavy snow fell in New York, where some breaks of sun and a gusty breeze was expected on Sunday.
Some areas of Massachusetts and Vermont received 10 to 18 inches of snow. The Vermont State Police said on Friday night that they had responded to more than 80 weather-related crashes.
The snow is expected to taper off through the weekend, though it will likely linger in northern Maine until Monday.
Some areas could receive two feet of lake-effect snow, while places like Buffalo, N.Y., could get a foot of snow through Sunday. Snow showers could linger at kickoff when the Buffalo Bills host the Miami Dolphins on Saturday evening.
The major cities along the Northeast coast mostly saw a chilly rain on Friday. People in Boston had a wet start to their Saturday before the rain turned into wet snow in the morning.
While this week’s storm didn’t bring snow to the major Northeast cities, there is a chance that a nor’easter could develop late next week.
It is too early to know if it will bring snow to the larger metro areas. However, one thing is for sure: It will be extremely cold next week for everyone in the eastern half of the country.
Christine Chung, Eduardo Medina, McKenna Oxenden, April Rubin, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Amanda Holpuch and Remy Tumin contributed reporting.