(AP) – The latest on the blizzard slamming a large swath of the United States (all times local):
More than 25 inches of snow have fallen in New York City during a blizzard that has blanketed the East Coast.
A National Weather Service meteorologist puts the 7 p.m. Saturday reading at 25.1 inches in Central Park.
The 25.1-inch snowfall marks the third most since records were kept beginning in 1869. The National Weather Service says the current record is 26.9 inches from February 2006.
Officials say the snowstorm could continue through Saturday night.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) has instituted a travel ban to keep non-emergency workers off the roads. Transit officials have suspended above-ground train service.
The blizzard has brought much of the East Coast to a standstill and shut down the nation’s capital. At least 18 deaths have been blamed on the weather, resulting from car crashes, shoveling snow and hypothermia.
Baltimore is banning nonemergency vehicles from its streets overnight to speed the cleanup from the massive East Coast snowstorm.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is announcing that the ban will be in effect from 6:30 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday. It could be extended, if conditions warrant.
The mayor says only police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances, snow plows and BGE utility repair trucks should be on the roads during that time. City hospitals are being asked to keep the workers they need onsite, as well.
City officials say the ban is necessary because crews are rescuing too many stranded drivers and need to focus on responding to emergencies and digging out the city. The mayor says the ban will help everyone get back to normal.
Officials say three people have died while shoveling snow during the blizzard in New York City and two more died of hypothermia in Virginia, bringing weather-related deaths to at least 18.
The New York Police Department’s Chief of Department Jim O’Neill told reporters Saturday one person on Staten Island and two people in Queens died.
He released no further details on the deaths. A police spokesman said the medical examiner’s office will determine exactly how they died.
Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the Office of the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed that two deaths are the result of hypothermia. Those deaths occurred in Hampton and Wise County, in southwest Virginia.
State police did not release the names of the hypothermia victims or the time or circumstances of their deaths.
Snow is expected to keep falling until late Saturday or early Sunday morning.
The massive snowstorm that kept most of the Mid-Atlantic at home also snowed in a Virginia midwife, leaving an emergency dispatcher to walk her husband through the birthing of a baby boy.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office reports that the county’s emergency communications center received a 911 call Saturday afternoon at the height of the storm.
The caller said a woman was in labor but the midwife was unable to reach their home because of the storm.
While the county’s fire and rescue was sent to the residence, the dispatcher talked the father through the delivery of a healthy baby boy.
A news release did not include the dispatcher’s name or the infant’s weight.
New York’s above-ground subway service has been shut down as snow continues to fall throughout the city.
More than 19 inches of snow has fallen in Central Park.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority revealed a revised subway map after limiting service Saturday afternoon. Much service on the 4 and 5 lines in the Bronx, the A line to the Rockaways and the B, D, F and Q lines in Brooklyn is suspended. Bus service was shut down hours earlier.
The MTA says above-ground Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad service also has been stopped.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) has declared a state of emergency in New York City and its suburbs.
Forecaster Gregory Gallina of the National Weather Service says the weekend’s blizzard is transitioning away from the Washington-Baltimore area, moving further north, but in doing so its “end throws” are fierce.
That means strong winds of about an inch-and-a-half snow per hour and gusty nearly horizontal winds, although not the hurricane force winds seen on the coast earlier today.
Gallina says the Washington-Baltimore-Philadelphia region should get another two to six inches of snow before the storm ends around midnight.
But in New York, the blizzard is just strong, not ending. Gallina says New York City was seeing snow fall at a rate of two to three inches per hour.
Snow, ice and gusting winds are being blamed for the collapse of a roof at a historic Virginia theater near the Chesapeake Bay.
The Donk’s Theater roof gave in Friday as the massive winter storm gripping the East Coast swept into Mathews County, about 75 miles east of Richmond. No one was injured.
The county’s chief building official, Jamie Wilks, said the theater was a total loss, according to the Daily Press of Newport News (http://bit.ly/1ZJvZjS). He said the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The theater opened in 1947 as a movie house. It closed in the 70s but was resurrected as a country music venue, ultimately earning the title as “Home of Virginia’s Lil’ Ole Opry.”
Dolly Parton was among the country entertainers who performed at Donk’s.
Forty inches of snow fell in a rural area of West Virginia, not far from Harper’s Ferry, according to unofficial statistics at the National Weather Service.
Glengary, West Virginia, topped the charts for the East Coast blizzard with 40 inches, but 67 locations – mostly in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland – reported at least two feet of snow. Dulles International Airport outside of Washington was just behind at 23.5 inches of snow, which puts it third all time for that location with another eight hours or so of snow forecast.
Snow is expected to keep falling until late Saturday or early Sunday morning. High winds – sometimes seeming to blow sideways – are making it hard to get accurate measurements of snowfall except in official locations, meteorologists said.