Massive Snow Clearing In Progress

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A massive winter storm hit the East Coast and the states were hit by hard by a combination of snow, sleet, ice and strong winds.

  • 40 inches of snow was recorded in Glengary, West Virginia; 39 inches fell in Philomont, Virginia; and Redhouse, Maryland, received 38 inches.
  • 25.1 inches of snow at Central Park, the third-largest snowfall on record.
  • More than 28 inches of snow at Dulles International Airport, the second-largest snowfall recorded there. Baltimore’s BWI notched 29.2 inches.
  • At least 14 people dead (six in North Carolina, three in Virginia, one in Kentucky, three in New York City and one in Maryland). The fatalities were as a result of car accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks suffered while shovelling snow.
  • 11 states declared states of emergency: Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Washington, D.C., has declared a “snow emergency.”
  • More than 74,000 people without power.
  • Parts of New Jersey and Delaware also reported moderate coastal flooding.

The storm, dubbed “Snowmageddon” and “Snowzilla”, has now weakened and headed out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Millions of people across the eastern US face huge challenges with the working week, after facing the heavy snowstorm that paralysed many cities.

  • Public transport will be patchy, many roads are still treacherous and airports remain severely disrupted.
  • Federal government offices and public schools in the US capital will remain shut throughout the day, and there will be no classes in the suburbs on Tuesday as well.
  • The Pennsylvania Turnpike reopened on Sunday afternoon, after hundreds of vehicles got stuck on the key motorway that runs across the state.
  • Nearly 12,000 flights had to be cancelled over the weekend.  Hundreds more will be cancelled on Monday, although airports in New York City, Baltimore and Philadelphia have limited services.
  • Many East Coast residents spent Sunday digging out their cars and clearing pathways of snow which reached about 3ft (91cm) in five states.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has said that almost all public transport services will be running in time for the morning rush hour, including nearly 80% of the overground Long Island Rail Road.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged people to leave their cars covered with snow all week, but he tweeted that the city was now “bouncing back”.

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