‘One for the Record Books’: US East Coast Blanket with Nor’Easter Snow

Saturday, January 29, 2022, 5:49 pm – Forecasters said more than two feet of snow could fall in some areas with gusts of up to 70 miles (113 kph) per hour. The most snowfall was expected in southeastern Massachusetts, including the island of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

by Nick Pfosi

Boston (Reuters) – The northeastern United States was battered by a severe winter storm on Saturday that dropped more than two feet (60 cm) of snow in some areas while packing high winds, causing thousands of flights to be canceled and thousands of flights to Rhode Island and other states. Prominent governors in the U.S. were prompted to reduce access. to the roads.

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According to the National Weather Service, including the Boston metropolitan area, about 11 million people on the East Coast remained subject to a blizzard warning from nor’easter, which was estimated to drop up to 25 inches (64 cm) of snow. The storm covered a large part of New England with snow.

New York City received heavy snowfall, while Long Island, New York, had up to two feet of snow. Along with the ongoing storm, 15 inches (38 cm) were also recorded in some coastal areas of New Jersey.

Most Boston area residents heed warnings to stay indoors as snow, whipped up by the National Weather Service with gusts of wind reaching 43 miles (69 kph) per hour, formed small, dense clumps on Saturday afternoon. continued to fall in, challenging hundreds of plows. Trying to stay ahead of the storm.

“This is going to be a historic blizzard,” Boston City Councilor Ruthzi Luijn told Reuters. “It’s the force of the wind and the amount of snow that makes it particularly dangerous.”

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XV Beacon Hotel employees clear snow during Hurricane Nor’Easter in Boston, Massachusetts, US, January 29, 2022. Reuters/Nicholas Fossey

Several states declared a state of emergency in response to the storm, which formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Carolinas and was forecast to continue collecting ice on Sunday morning as it moved north into Maine.

Coastal areas of Massachusetts were being hit particularly hard, including some flooding along the shoreline, as the center of the storm hovered east of the Cape Cod resort area by mid-Saturday.

“Blizzard conditions are likely to remain possible Sunday morning from eastern Massachusetts to eastern Maine, with wind gusts potentially leading to scattered power outages,” the National Weather Service said.

“It’s strong winds, heavy snow, blizzard conditions — all the elements of a classic nor’easter,” New York Governor Cathy Hochul said at a news briefing, with warnings of overnight cold temperatures and the threat of power outages, which May prompt some residents to use their stove or space heater to stay warm.

“It could be life-threatening,” Hochul said.

Predicting snow of up to two feet in his state, Rhode Island Governor Dan Mackie issued a statewide travel ban for all passenger cars and joined surrounding states in banning tractor-trailers from the roads.

The storm prompted airlines to cancel about 6,000 flights during the weekend, Amtrak halted its passenger rail service across the region, and the main commuter line to Long Island to suspend its operations for at least a full day. prompted to suspend.

According to PowerOutage.us, power outages were limited in most of the affected states so far, with the exception of Massachusetts, where 123,000 of the 2.6 million customers were without power.

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A worker clears snow in Times Square during a nor’easter storm in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 29, 2022. Reuters/Andrew Kelly

Speaking to reporters around noon (1700 GMT) on Saturday, Hochul said the storm did not progress as quickly as forecast, pushing back the timetable for cleaning up the state. Hochul predicted that the most severely affected counties – Nassau and Suffolk with 7 to 11 inches (18-28 cm) of snow – would increase by 5 to 12 inches (13-30 cm) by 6 p.m.

The weather may have contributed to the death of an elderly woman who was found with her car window open Saturday morning in a hotel parking lot in Uniondale, according to an officer with the Nassau County Police Department in Long Island.

The storm came nearly 44 years after a terrible blizzard crippled New England in 1978. Dropping more than 27 inches (70 cm) of snow on Boston, that storm killed dozens, trapped others in their homes and closed major highways. for a week.

For some people, the weather was an obstacle that could be overcome or enjoyed. The Black Rose, an Irish pub in downtown Boston, kept its doors open and was filling with patrons on Saturday afternoons.

And in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, Anson Call seized the opportunity to take his kids sledding, which he considered a far better situation than the wet snow storms of previous years.

“It’s pleasant. At last, it’s snowing!” Call said.

(Reporting by Nick Pfosi in Boston; Additional reporting by Caitlin Ochs, Steve Gorman, Eric Beach, Dan Whitcomb Rajesh Kumar Singh, and Nathan Layne; Writing by Nathan Layne and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Will Dunham and William Mallard)

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