A blizzard that hit the northeast region of the United States this Tuesday (13) forced the closure of several schools and caused flight delays in important urban centers, such as New York.
More than 30 million people from northeastern West Virginia to New England received intense storm warnings as the blizzard called a Nor’easter advanced. Some regions accumulated 15 centimeters of snow overnight, according to the US Weather Service.
In New York, the country’s most populous city, rain turned to snow in the early hours of the morning. The region was expected to receive up to 17 centimeters of snow throughout the day, which was expected to make driving conditions dangerous, officials said.
The storm comes after a snowless period in New York City that lasted nearly two years. The season, which exacerbated concerns about the climate crisis, officially ended in mid-January when a layer of light snow covered several parts of the city, including Central Park.
The mayor of New York, Eric Adams, said in a video published on platform X, this Tuesday, that public employees were mobilized to clear the streets. “It’s great to see there are few to no cars on the roads,” he said.
Jan Gautam, director of Novus Maintenance, a Manhattan-based snow removal company, said he was up all night gathering crews. “Our phones haven’t stopped ringing,” he said.
Gautam manages around a hundred employees who serve over 250 clients across the city, including hospitals and hotels. “In a storm like this, with so much snow coming in quickly, we have to go back to the same places over and over again to keep them clean and safe.”
Other parts of the northeastern United States could receive up to a foot of snow before the storm moves east. Boston could receive up to 15 centimeters of snow, prompting the city’s mayor to declare a state of emergency.
About 150,000 homes and businesses were without power in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia, according to the website Poweroutage.us. Schools across the region canceled in-person classes for the day, including in New York City — more than 1 million students took classes online.
Approximately 1,000 flights at New York’s LaGuardia, Boston’s Logan International and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International airports were delayed or canceled, according to flight tracking service Flightaware.com.
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