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Blizzard 2013: East Coast Attempts to Dig Out Snow, Pick Up the Pieces From Storm Nemo

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Now that Nemo has finished relentlessly dumping snow along the East Coast, the cities and towns affected have begun plowing away slush and the tedious clean-up process.

The blizzard, which started Friday and ended Saturday morning, left around 345,000 without power through Sunday, according to CBA News

"We've never seen anything like this," Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone of Long Island told CBA, which also reported that municipal workers from New York to Boston worked throught Saturday night to make roads passable and improve pedestrian walking conditions. They even found themselves saving motorists, who'd been stranded or stuck in snow for hours.

Boston, which was hit hardest in the storm, got around 36 inches of snow, with New Haven, Conn., getting 34 inches and New York City receiving about 12 inches in most places. 

At least five reported deaths have been brought on by the storm, according to Fox News. A young boy in Boston passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning as he sat in a heated car to stay warm. Several others died from carbon monoxide poisoning as well, and a man in his 70s was reportedly hit by a car in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Airport Delays: Nemo Causes Mass Cancellations, Airport Closures, Delays As Far Away As Instanbul (Yes, Really)

While on-the-ground damage and snowfall is varying widely (up to 38" in Connecticut, but less than a foot in NYC), Winter Storm Nemo is wreaking some serious havoc in-the-air: as of this morning, nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled. Now, major Northeast airports are experiencing serious trouble grounding inbound flights or letting new planes take off.
 
Here's the latest news from FlightAware:
 
Bradley International Airport is experiencing mass cancellations and closure until 4:00 p.m. Saturday.
 
Boston's Logan International Airport is closed until 11 p.m. on Saturday and mass cancelations of all traffic - jeez. That's a lot of flights.
 
Newark's Liberty International Airport: mass cancellations.
 
LaGuardia International Airport: mass cancellations.
 
John F. Kennedy International Airport: mass cancellations.
 
Pretty much every other major Northeastern airport is experiencing delays - and the major holdup in air traffic is affecting international travel. Zurich, Instanbul Ataturk International Airport, and Sao Paolo are all experiencing delays of roughly half an hour thanks to the ripple effect of mass cancellations throughout world airspace.

Winter Storm Nemo: How Bad Was It In New York City?

The above video shows ridiculous snowfall and high-velocity wind (accompanied by equally frantic narration) in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Yesterday, with Nemo barrelling straight towards New York City, it might be reasonable to fear for damage, power outages, etc.

Well, at least some of those concerns might seem overblown for most New Yorkers, as barely any snow hit us at all.

I live in north Central Harlem around 140th Street, and was able to snap a few photos of the not-so-catastrophic damage:

This car buried in snow was, other than a tractor trailer similarly buried (but since towed), the only real reminder of the much-predicted Snowpocalypse.

Pedestrians and traffic alike have little to fear, with sidewalks cleared and virtually every business that would normally be open at noon on a Saturday... well, open.

This section of West 141st St. was one of several streets that remained unplowed, but still clearly traversible by a slow-moving vehicle.

Uptown Manhattan is a lower priority than the rest of the island for cleanup crews - Midtown was probably swept clean of snow before PolicyMic staff even woke up this morning, and only minor subway delays that might be unrelated to the storm are reported. So Upper Manhattan came in at around 10" of total snowfall, but an aggressive response prevented anything from really being disrupted.

The boroughs may be worse off- especially the Bronx, where 15" of snow fell. Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens might be seeing more businesses shut down, dangerous or unplowed roads - but probably not power outages, internet outages, or the like.

38" of snow have been reported in Connecticut- that's a mind-shattering record. I can't even imagine that much snow. But here in New York City, life continues pretty much as usual.

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Winter Storm Nemo Tracker LIVE Updates: State-by-State Updates On Totals and Emergency Response

Winter Storm Nemo is disrupting infrastructure, travel, and economic activity throughout the Northeast as states and cities struggle to restore normal service to the worst-affected areas.
 
Snowfall of up to 38 inches - yes, 38 inches, or in laymen's terms, "a lot of snow" - has been reported, peaking in Milford, Connecticut, where presumably school would be canceled if it was Monday.
 
Here's how states and cities are tackling Nemo:
 
- New York State: Gov. Cuomo has sent resources to Massachusetts and Connecticut, which were worse-hit. The Long Island Expressway is closed to remove 100 stranded vehicles. 10,000 people are without power, with 2 deaths and an ongoing State of Emergency.
- New York City: An "enormous amount" of resources are out on the streets, according to Mayor Bloomberg. 15" of snowfall in the Bronx, 10" uptown Manhattan (I can confirm this), approximately 11.4" in Central Park. Primary roads are plowed but citizens have been politely asked not to drive.
- Massachusetts: Seawall failure at Scituate. Heavy high tide flooding reported in Sandwich, with further flooding expected in AM to early PM. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth shut down after losing power, but no threat to the public other than 410,000 without power. Winds of 30 to 50 m.p.h. are forecast near Cape Cod Saturday evening. State of Emergency continues and all driving has been banned in the state until further notice.
-Boston: Logan Airport will re-open soon despite 21.8" of snow. Acela Express train to NYC canceled for Saturday.
-Connecticut: Huge snowfall: 38" in Milford; 36" in Oxford; 34" in New Haven. All roads are closed. 38,000 without power. 1 pedestrian killed in Prospect. State of Emergency continues, Bradley International Airport is shut down, and all CT TRANSIT busses are suspended.
- Rhode Island: Providence received 19.5" of snowfall and 172,000 customers are without power. Travel ban posted. State of Emergency remains in effect.
- New Hampshire: Gov. Hassan has issued a State of Emergency and encouraged citizens to stay off the roads.
- Maine: Portland sets new record for snowfall - 29.3". 33" in Gorham. 9,000 customers without power, and blizzard conditions continue throughout Saturday. A 19-car pileup in I-295 was blamed on the snowfall. The most snow is scheduled to fall between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, so check back for updated (and possibly higher) snowfall totals.
- New Jersey: NJ TRANSIT resumes normally Saturday morning. 3000 without power. No breakout chance for Christie to pose with the president this time!
- Vermont: High wind gusts necessitated the closure of the ferry between Charlotte and Essex, N.Y. 16" of snow in Springfield. 2 people were hospitalized after a crash on I-89.
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Winter Storm Nemo Tracker LIVE Updates: Snowfall Totals, 38 Inches Of Snow In Some Cities

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Winter Storm Nemo is dumping huge amounts of snow across the Northeast, disrupting travel and infrastructure and shattering all-time snowfall records.
 
Portland, Maine has seen the most snowfall ever recorded, with 29.3" of snow reported - up from the previous record of 27.1" in 1979.
 
Concord, N.H. is reporting 20.3" of snow - the 3rd highest on record.
 
Boston's Logan Airport received nearly 2 feet of snow, clocking in at 21.8" - sixth place. The heaviest snowfall on record was a massive 27.5" in 2003.
 
From the Weather Channel, peak snowfall totals by state:
 
Wisconsin:  near Kenosha (9")
Illinois:  Beach Park (7")
Michigan:  near Muskegon (15")
New York:  Upton (30.3")
Pennsylvania:  Summit Hill (7")
New Jersey:  River Vale (15")
Virginia:  Haywood (5.1")
Connecticut:  Milford (38")
Rhode Island: Smithfield (24")
Massachusetts:  Worcester (27.5")
Vermont:  Springfield (16")
New Hampshire:  New Ipswich (25")
Maine: Gorham (32.9")
 
Yes, you read that right: up to 38" of snow in Milford, Connecticut. Jeez!
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Winter Storm Nemo Tracker and Path LIVE: 4 Deaths, 2 Feet of Snow

Four deaths are being blamed on the snow storm/hurricane that hit the Northeast Saturday, dumping more than 2 feet of snow and leaving 650,000 homes and businesses without power — most of them in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

A 74-year-old man in Poughkeepsie, New York, died after he was struck by a car whose driver lost control of the wheel because of the snow, while in southern Ontario, an 80-year-old woman collapsed while shoveling her driveway. Two more men were killed in car crashes.

According to the Associated Press, more than 28 inches of snow had fallen on central Connecticut by early Saturday, and areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire got 2 feet or more of snow. More than 5,300 flights were cancelled through Saturday, and New York City's three major airports and Boston's Logan Airport closed. 

Blizzard Nemo Tracker: Live Satellite View Of the Storm Moving Into New England

Around 2 p.m. EST, Nemo landed in New England with snow, making it difficult to drive. As of 4:45 p.m., heavy snow and sleet was falling in New York City. Heavy snow was already falling in Boston, with that city seeing much more accumulation.  

Travel on Friday night and into Saturday will be "almost impossible" in New York City and New York state, according to an official from New York's division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The Los Angeles Times reported that thousands of flights are already canceled and Amtrak was suspending service in parts of the area because of Nemo.

NASA revealed a photo of the Nor'easter.

"The image shows clouds associated with the western frontal system stretching from Canada through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, into the Gulf of Mexico. The comma-shaped low pressure system located over the Atlantic, east of Virginia, is forecast to merge with the front and create a powerful nor'easter. The National Weather Service expects the merged storm to move northeast and drop between two to three feet of snow in parts of New England," NASA wrote.

National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for the New York City metro area, Connecticut and Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts and coastal sections of New Hampshire and Maine. "Some parts of New England should see the heaviest snow, while some coastal areas could be lashed by hurricane-force winds of nearly 75 mph," the report said.

Some flooding is already starting in the low-lying areas of New York City. But unlike Hurricane Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not order evacuations from low-lying areas, explaining that storm surges were not expected to reach Sandy's disastrous levels, the USA Today report said.

On his Twitter account, Bloomberg tweeted on Thursday, "We're ready for #Nemo: We have 250,000+ tons of salt on hand, 350 salt spreaders & plows ready to be put on 1,800 Sanitation trucks."

According to the Weather Channel, the major cities that will see the most snow are Boston, Hartford, Providence, Portland, and Concord — they're expecting 2 feet of snow, with 3 feet possible near coastal regions. New York and New Jersey cities will likely see more than 12 inches. Philadelphia, Detroit and other outer New England cities should expect less than six inches.

Winter Storm Nemo Travel Advisories: Massachusetts Bans Travel, While NYC is OK

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, shrugging off winter storm Nemo, said the blizzard wasn't expected to rival Superstorm Sandy's damaging punch in New York City. Bloomberg urged everyone to "stay in your homes while the worst of the storm is upon us."

He urged New Yorkers to leave for home early, if possible, and avoid commuting Friday evening, when meteorologists predict the snowfall to intensify.

Bloomberg said there were no immediate plans to declare a storm emergency, because that would require vehicle owners to move them off emergency routes – raising the potential some could get stuck and block snowplows. #MakesSense

Similarly, Bloomberg did not order evacuations from low-lying areas, explaining that storm surges were not expected to reach Sandy's disastrous levels in the NYC area ... though the same is likely not the case along the coastal areas of Massachusetts.

Bloomberg's non-chalant attitude to the storm was in contrast to leaders in Boston and the sate of Massachusetts, who declared a state of emergency and announced travel bans.

Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts Friday afternoon for the blizzard that could bring up to 3 feet of snow.

He also announced he has signed an executive order to ban all travel on all roads in the state starting at 4 p.m. Friday.

There are some exceptions to the ban, including emergency workers, those who work in hospitals and media, and others required to be at their jobs.

The governor said rapid snowfall of 2-3 inches per hour will make for, “extremely dangerous conditions,” and will “make safe travel nearly impossible.”

This is the first time that a Massachusetts governor has issued an executive order like this since the Blizzard of 1978.

But back then it was put in place after the storm.

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Blizzard 2013 Prompts Mad Dash For Food, Gas, Money

Throughout New England, people are "panic shopping" ahead of a massive storm that could dump up to 3 feet of snow. More so, there has also been a rush at gas stations. 

In New York, with a blizzard heading for the Tri-State Area, the scene at gas stations Thursday night brought back memories of Superstorm Sandy.

Drivers at one scene lined up 20 cars deep at a BP station in Paramus.

Bank of America tweeted that people should rush to the ATM. "Winter Storm #Nemo may bring 2 feet of #snow to New England late Fri & Sat. Prepare now - make sure you have plenty of cash on hand."

Before the first snowflake had fallen, Boston, Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and other towns and cities in New England and upstate New York towns canceled school Friday, and airlines scratched more than 2,600 flights through Saturday, with the disruptions from the blizzard certain to ripple across the U.S.

“This one doesn’t come along every day. This is going to be a dangerous winter storm,” said Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass. “Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don’t plan on leaving.”

Super Storm Nemo? Blizzard Could Be Massive, Historic

Echoes of October’s Superstorm Sandy event are seen in this blizzard, dubbed by some outlets with the kind-of-cute, and not-so-menacing name of “Nemo.” Government agencies were warning of possible power outages, while Bank of America warned of runs on banks.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency was directing Twitter users to #NewEngland and state emergency management agencies which are sending out distress signals to citizens via social media.

"Simple things like a @NOAA Weather Radio w/ tone alert & extra batteries could get you valuable info in an emergency," said FEMA's twitter handle @fema.

FEMA's Region One, which includes New England, piqued the interest of anyone freaking out about this storm, highlighting the possibility of a blackout: "#Winter storms & #blizzards can knock out power. Make sure you have a plan for staying warm if power goes out http://www.ready.gov/blackouts," they wrote. They also recommended that citizens get food, blankets and salt to melt ice and snow.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas, including western Connecticut, upstate New York and northern New Jersey. The storm has the potential to be a top 10 snowstorm all-time in Boston.  

According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., in records dating to 1935, there have been only seven snowstorms of 20 inches or more in Boston, topped by the Feb. 17-18, 2003 snowstorm (27.5") and the infamous "Blizzard of '78" (Feb. 6-7; 27.1").  

A snow total of 18.2" or more would place it in the top 10 list all-time.

The Northeast blizzard warning is in effect beginning 6 a.m. Friday and extending to 1 p.m. Saturday, with the strongest winds and heaviest snowfall occurring Friday evening into Saturday morning.

A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to Whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

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Winter Storm Nemo Tracker and Path LIVE: Updates On Travel Delays, Flight Cancellations, Snow Forecast

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Just 4 days after Punxatawney Phil predicted an early end to winter on Groundhog Day, meteorologists are saying the northeast is in for a bumpy ride: two winter storm systems are combining to create a massive nor’easter which will dump snow, rain, and everything in between across wide swathes of the northeast and upper Midwest.

Starting on Thursday night, the newly-christened Winter Storm Nemo will cause moderate snowfall from the Upper Midwest through the northern Great Lakes region, leaving six to eight inches of snow.

Thursday to Friday night, the storm will dump heavy snow across the northeast, including Boston and New York City. While Boston could see several inches, New York City will likely survive with little disruption to services – but not the surrounding commuting suburbs, which could see lots of snowfall.

Parts of New England will be up for 1 to 2 feet of snowfall, while strong winds may stack with ongoing flurries to reduce visibility. Blizzard conditions may arise in parts of Massachusetts, including Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and NantucketIsland. Major cities from Portland, Maine to Providence, R.I. are expected to receive heavy snow.

If the weather warms quickly, much of the snowfall may turn into rain, reducing the chance of weather interrupting daily activity. Meteorologists are unsure as to whether the storm will reach the expected levels of snowfall, however.

“The European model, which is the generally the best model we have, has continued to insist there is going to be this really big storm, but the other models are not bullish on it at all,” Weather Channel meteorologist Carl Parker told NBC. “The difference is -- will it be a blockbuster for places like Boston?”

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