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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.


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.

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!

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. 

Winter Storm Flight Delays: Nemo Causes Thousands Of Flight Cancellations

Anyone planning to go anywhere this weekend by plane may need to cancel their plans. Winter Storm Nemo is poised to take the East Coast by storm (no pun intended), with record February snowfall.

Meteorologist Mike Bettes said, "More than 2,500 flights have been cancelled in the Northeast corridor Friday morning." At least 500 are flights out of LaGuardia in New York City. 

Here's a quick breakdown of the flights that may be affected, courtesy of the Weather Channel. Boston Logan Airport has announced that all flights will be cancelled starting Friday.

- Delta Air Lines: Cancelling flights at Northeast airports Friday; most cancellations after noon EST; Offering customers in the Nottheast, Ottawa, and Montreal whose flight may be affected by the storm the ability to make one-time changes to their travel schedules without fees; Customers booked on Delta-ticketed flights to, from or through the affected cities Feb. 8-9 may immediately rebook for travel before or after their original travel dates as long as new flights are ticketed and rescheduled with travel beginning by Feb. 12, 2013.

- American Airlines: Customers ticketed to travel on AA flights to, through or from affected airports may change flights if the ticket was issued no later than Feb. 6. The ticket reissue charge will be waived for one ticket change.

- Jet  Blue: Waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling Friday, February 8-9 to or from affected cities;Customers may rebook their flights for travel through Tuesday, Feb.12.

- US Airways: Affected customers can change their trip online (in most cases) and US Airways will waive change fees.

- United Airlines: Giving customers as much notice as possible so they can adjust their plans accordingly, and customers with flexibility can take advantage of a travel waiver in place for those traveling to and through 32 airports in the Northeast. All waiver information is available on united.com.

- Southwest Airlines: Customers with reservations to/from affected cities on Feb. 8-9 are eligible to reschedule their flight in accordance with Southwest's accommodation procedures.


Blizzard Nemo Tracker: Over 1,000 Flight Cancellations Reported As Killer Storm Bears Down On Northeast

As Winter Storm Nemo barrels into the Northeast, travelers should be wary: the storm has already caused over 1,000 flight cancellations.

Accuweather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski says that "enough snow will fall to cause travel problems."

"Low cloud ceilings and increasing winds during Friday may lead to building flight delays and cancellations, even if snow were to stay away from the several major airports in the New York City area."

Sosnowski cautions that in the north, "blowing and drifting snowblocked roads and other travel problems are likely to linger into much of the weekend." More than 950 flights in and out of the United States are canceled, while another 250 on Saturday.

Here's what the major airlines are doing:

US Airways has waved fees for passengers at 26 airports from Montreal to Scranton, Pa. Friday and Saturday.

American Airlines has issued an advisory 14 airports from Quebec City to New York City and waived change-fees.

United has issued an advisory for 11 New York, New Jersey, and New England (triple kill!) airports on Friday and Saturday. Fees for same-day flight changes have been waived, so long as the new flight departs within 24 hours of the originally scheduled time.

Delta is offering a one-time change for those flying into 24 Northeast or Canadian airports on Friday or Saturday.

Southwest has issued travel advisories, though you'll need to enter your airport and flight # on their website for specific information regarding delays, cancellations, and waived charges.

Jetblue will allow passengers traveling in or out of 12 New York to Maine airports on Friday or Saturday to rebook their flights, and waived all charge and cancel fees.

Air Canada will allow passengers entering in and out of Toronto Thursday will be able to change their flights penalty-free.

PolicyMic staff are already preparing: based on a travel advisory from the airline, one of our editors already changed a Saturday flight to tomorrow at noon, right before the storm is scheduled to hit. Are you as on the ball as us? You will be if you follow our storm coverage!

Nemo Tracker: MTA Travel Advisories Could Come Soon

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As Winter Storm Nemo bears down on NYC, the MTA has not issued any travel advisories for commuters for Friday or Saturday yet, meaning subway and bus service is currently expected to run normally - or as normally as 2 feet of snow, anyhow.

Here's what to expect, however, if Nemo drops more than 5 inches of snow or the temperature drops below 10°F:

- Service on the B line may end early.

- Express service may run local on the A, E, D, F, N, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 lines. (For those of you who aren't New Yorkers, that's pretty much every line - but why are you reading this if you're not from New York?)

- Service on the 7 line may be affected, with Flushing-bound trains running on the Times Square/42nd St.-bound track at the 5th Ave and Grand Central-42nd St. stations.

- Cancellation of all trains and the death of everyone. Kidding! Maybe.

Keep an eye on this blog for updates.

The Weather Channel Named The Winter Storm Nemo, What Other Disney Characters Deserve Storms?

The Weather Channel names winter storms to increase awareness and enhance communication when a big one hits. They named the storm currently charging towards the Northeast "Nemo," after A Greek boy’s name meaning "from the valley." Nemo also means "nobody" in Latin.

When Nemo comes to mind, however, many minds wander to the lost fish and namesake of Disney and Pixar's Finding Nemo. It's not a bad name for a storm, Nemo was an adventurous young fish who never gave up, but the name fails to give the storm any bite or sense of urgency. Here's three Disney names that could work in the future:

1. Shere Khan -- The Jungle Book 

This is a scary storm name. Tiger that terrorizes Mowgli just like a storm will terrorize a city.

2. Jafar -- Aladdin 

Another Disney villain, another intimidating name for a storm. When I think of snow taking over a region, I imagine a pretty intimidating scene. Jafar fits that theme.

3. Mufasa -- The Lion King 

Storms don't have to be villains. They can be larger than life and awe-inspiring. That's what Mufasa was. Plus, just like Mufasa, storms do die off (to soon?).

As Nemo heads towards the Northeast, the other Disney characters will wait in its wake, hoping that Winter Storm Shere Khan one day comes to be bear.



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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?”