Snowstorm hits East Coast

A storm that forecasters warned could be a blizzard for the history books clobbered the New York-to-Boston corridor Friday and early this morning.

While 1 to 3 feet of snow were expected in some areas, the National?Weather Service did not expect Fulton,?Montgomery and southern Hamilton counties to get hit nearly as hard.

Neil Stuart, meteorologist with the service’s Albany office, said the storm was expected to dump 8 to 10 inches of snow in the local area.

“The worst of the storm [should] be over in New England,” Stuart said.

From New Jersey to Maine, shoppers crowded into supermarkets and hardware stores to buy food, snow shovels, flashlights and generators.

Starr VanAndan, an employee at the Stewart’s Shops location in Perth, said many people came in Thursday night and cleared the store out of bread, eggs and milk before the storm.

Austin Dlugas, another employee, said Friday customers had “just been coming in non-stop.”

Across the Northeast, people gassed up their cars, a lesson some learned all too well after Sandy.

Dan Barcomb, a truck driver delivering gas to the Stewart’s Shops in Perth on?Friday, said the roads were not bad for most of the day.

However, he said the next shift of drivers might not make any deliveries due to the storm.

“This is something you don’t play games with,” Barcomb said, gesturing to the fuel tank on the back of his semi-truck.

Halfway through what had been a mild winter across the Northeast, blizzard warnings were posted from parts of New Jersey to Maine. The National Weather Service said Boston could get close to 3 feet of snow by this evening, while most of Rhode Island could receive more than 2 feet. Connecticut was bracing for 2 feet, and New York City was expecting as much as 14 inches.

Early snowfall was blamed for a 19-car pileup in Cumberland, Maine, that caused minor injuries.

Snowfall was light for most of the daytime Friday in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

However, road conditions on County Highway 107 in Perth played a part in an accident where a driver slid off the road and hit a tree, according to Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Rowe.

The storm is expected to move on by today at noon, the National?Weather?Service said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.