The winter storm that impacted much of the East Coast on Thursday brought strong winds and blizzard conditions to many coastal areas. In New York City's outer boroughs, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx have all reported 11 to 13 inches of snow. And by week's end, Boston and part of New Hampshire will be colder than Mars.
Delta Airlines has already issued a warning that could impact travelers especially in states that are not as prepared for winter storms and ice, such as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
On Wednesday, the storm dumped snow on Florida's capital Tallahassee for the first time in 30 years, and was expected to last through the day. Some 17,000 homes and businesses were without power in Nova Scotia. NY time, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from utility websites.
By Wednesday afternoon, Duke Energy reported 362 power outages in its coverage area, which includes portions of eastern North Carolina.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) also declared a state of emergency across New York City, Long Island and Westchester Thursday.
"We are going to be ready for the storm", Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said. CT and MA told non-essential state workers to stay home, and New Jersey shuttered state offices. More than 1,500 flights at US East Coast airports had been canceled by Friday evening, most at the NY area's three major airports and Boston Logan International Airport.
These include services from Newark, New York and Boston.
Traffic was uncharacteristically light on the wind-tossed streets of of Midtown Manhattan, and subways were emptier than normal as many commuters opted to stay home.
Passenger train operator Amtrak said it reduced service on several routes in the Northeast on Friday, including its train between Washington D.C. and Boston.
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High winds brought on near whiteout conditions in much of Long Island.
More than 1,500 plows were deployed to clear the roads, but de Blasio said residents should not expect "to see pavement on the roads in the short term".
The Republican governor of MA told reporters Thursday that the flooding resulting from a "historic high tide" led to the deployment of a number of National Guard high-water rescue vehicles to help stranded residents and vehicles.
At the back end of the massive storm system, which forecasters have called a "bomb cyclone" for its rapid and rare drop in atmospheric pressure, is a threat of winds gusting as high as 60 miles per hour and a bone-chilling blast of Arctic air. He says the South won't be spared the cold weather, either. For the USA, the storm's exit will mean plunging temperatures from the Great Plains to the East Coast.
The storm even saw Florida experience its first snowfall in almost three decades. It's possible NY won't reach the 9 inches forecasted by meteorologists. American Airlines Group Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. have begun suspending flights at some eastern USA airports.
From Baltimore to Caribou, Maine, workers battled to clear snow and ice as wind chills were forecast to fall as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 degrees Celsius) in some areas after sundown, according to the National Weather Service.