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Northeast US grapples with powerful winter storm, disrupting routine activities – Is your daily route affected? 

United States: A powerful, storm-like front was engulfing the US northeast on Tuesday morning and depositing a heavy blanket of snow on the roads. The bad weather conditions resulted for many Americans in dangerous roads, closed schools, travel delays and cancellations. 

Winter storm fury 

It was the hurricane season, which raged late into the season and wreaked havoc on more than 30 million people who resided in West Virginia from northeast to New England. The NWS (National Weather Service) had issued a winter storm warning for the area as the Nor’easter changed into a monster and pounded with as much as 6 inches (15cm) of heavy, wet snow overnight. 

New York’s battle with snow and rain 

Visual Representation – New York Heavy Snowfall Credit | Getty images

In this case, snow amounted and turned into rain in the early hours of the day in New York, which is the nation’s most populous city. The initial forecast projected up to 7 inches of snow accumulated over the course of the day, which grounded many cars in hazardous spots. 

The intensity of precipitation was recorded as being up to 7 mm/h in the Hudson Valley area, only north of New York, where the city’s disaster management agency reported on X. 

“These bands will shift south over the next few hours through about noon, leading to quickly covered roads and hazardous driving conditions,” the agency said, urging drivers to exercise caution. 

Eric Adams, a major from New York, posted a video on X saying that plows were out in full force, clearing streets. 

“The roads are not bad; there is some wet, heavy snow coming down,” he said. “It’s great to see there have been little or no cars on the road.” 

Heading Novus Maintenance, a snow removal firm based in Manhattan, Jan Gautam claimed he was up all night and into the morning getting his staff ready to tackle the streets of New York with over a dozen snow plows and thirty sidewalk plows. 

“Our phones haven’t stopped ringing since the snow started,” Gautam said. “We’ll be out there as long as it’s snowing.” 

Gautam manages about 100 employees who service more than 250 customers across the city, including hospitals and hotels. 

“In a storm like this, with so much snow coming fast, we have to go back to the same locations over and over to keep it clear and safe,” he said. 

Regional impact and power outages 

Lower parts of the region could get some 12 inches of snow by noon, and when the storm is over and gone in late afternoon, it is moving east and away from us out of the area. Boston could witness the 9 inches of snow falling, which might lead to an emergency being announced by the city’s mayor. 

The states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia were affected, with tens of thousands of houses and businesses without power, as reported on Poweroutage.us. 

It was confirmed that many schools in the area were closed down for the day, including New York City, with over 1 million students using remote assistance. 

Snowfall records and climate concerns 

The storm recorded a snowfall of 3.5 inches, which is the first snow that the city received even as a snow drought lasted over two years. The melting episode was followed by a brief but powerful “polar meltdown.” The thick snow that had covered Central Park and the city for weeks completely disappeared, an event that only added to the concerns over global warming. This snow-less period was officially over on 15 January, when an Arctic blast produced about 1.4 inches – just a few grains – in Central Park. 

Though on Tuesday, the ice pellet is considerably greater, it will melt down at the end of day-long days, bringing out the fun sledding and snowball fights. 

Flight disruptions and Coastal concerns 

While over 1,000 flights to and from LaGuardia in New York and Boston’s Logan International and Newark Liberty airports were either canceled or delayed according to Flightaware.com. 

Wind gusts reached up to 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour) and coastal flooding was also expected from New England inward to the areas of New Jersey shore and Long Island

The bitter gale reducing visibility in the New York City area may be a possible impediment to the voter turnout pace related to the special election undertaking to fill the vacancy seen because of the ouster of Republican George Santos. 

For the Democrats, the key element of the battle of stance is that it will allow a relatively tight majority in the lower house possessed by the coalition of the adversaries with the Republicans. 

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