The northeast was on Thursday walloped by a major winter storm that dumped up to 10 inches of snow across the region and five on New York City.
Winter weather advisories are in effect until early Friday evening due to a ‘major’ winter storm impacting an area stretching from Virginia up to the Northeast with dangerous, icy buildups and heavy snowfall, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
New York City had already seen double its regular snowfall with 34 inches this year. That’s compared to the usual 17.1 inches from December 1 to February 17. New York’s snowiest winter was between 1995-1996 with 75.6 inches.
According to AccuWeather, Philadelphia has recorded 19.7 inches of snow as of February 17 compared to the normal amount of 15.4 inches.
Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey are all an ice risk. Baltimore, Washington, D.C. southern Virginia and northern North Carolina could see freezing rain and sleet.
Guttenberg, New Jersey: The northeast was on Thursday walloped by a winter storm that dumped up to 10 inches of snow
Brooklyn, NYC: Shoppers make their way across a sloppy intersection after several inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain
Washington DC: Winter weather advisories are in effect from Thursday morning until early Friday evening due to a ‘major’ winter storm impacting an area stretching from Virginia up to the Northeast with dangerous, icy buildups and heavy snowfall
McCandless, Pennsylvania: A Subaru Forester that broke through the ice at North Park Lake sits in the frigid water before emergency crews could remove it Thursday. Police say a 24-year-old male from Franklin Park drove his vehicle across the lake at North Park before it fell through the ice about 15 ft. from shore. The driver was was unharmed
West Virginia National Guardsmen and members of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority use side-by-side vehicles to check on residents in hard to reach areas during a Health and Wellness check mission in rural Wayne County on Thursday
New York City: A city parks worker throws salt from a truck onto a bus stop after several inches of snow fell on the area
Prospect Park, Brooklyn: A couple skis through Prospect Park, Brooklyn during second snow storm of the week for the city
Washington DC: ‘The swath of heaviest snowfall is forecast to occur from the Appalachians of Virginia and West Virginia to northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania ,’ the NWS had said, warning of treacherous travel conditions
NYC: John Burck, aka The Naked Cowboy, crosses the road during a snow storm in Times Square Thursday
Washington, DC: The National Mall and the Washington Monument are seen as the sun goes down Thursday
Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said: ‘The storm in progress is actually a two-parter and will mean an extended period or second round of freezing and frozen precipitation from parts of the interior South to the Northeast.’
That means another cold blast is forecast Thursday night into early Friday.
‘The swath of heaviest snowfall is forecast to occur from the Appalachians of Virginia and West Virginia to northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania,’ the NWS had said, warning of treacherous travel conditions.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Courtney Travis added: ‘For parts of the interior South and lower mid-Atlantic region, this is the third storm system with ice since last weekend.’
The winter storm also is bringing ice and rain in some areas, prompting authorities to shutter at least three of New Jersey’s coronavirus vaccination sites.
By Friday forecasters expect snow to linger in New England, New York City, the Tri State area and the Hudson Valley.
The National Weather Service said: ‘Well below normal temperatures will exist throughout the central third of the country into the weekend.
Travel disruption is likely to continue into Friday with continuing flight delays and cancellations. By Thursday afternoon more than 2,800 flights across the US had been canceled with 1,400 delayed.
Brooklyn, NYC: A delivery worker makes his way down a slushy street in downtown Brooklyn Thursday
Brooklyn, NYC: A woman drags her shopping cart behind her while crossing a sloppy intersection in downtown Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NYC: Workers clear a sidewalk in front of a building in downtown Brooklyn after several inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain fell, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in New York
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said the so-called mega-sites in Burlington, Middlesex and Morris counties will reschedule appointments for the coming days. Murphy also ordered state government offices to close except for essential workers. He’s restricting commercial vehicles on highways and asking people to stay home.
New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti recommends watching a good movie. She says ‘Frozen’ is always a good choice.’
This week’s extreme weather has resulted in the deaths of at least 56 people, with a growing toll of those who perished trying to keep warm.
On Thursday, the major winter storm impacted an area stretching from Virginia up to the Northeast, bringing icy buildups and ‘treacherous’ travel conditions, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow fell steadily across New York City throughout the day, forcing the cancelation of about 200 flights and delaying the opening of two Covid-19 vaccination sites after the storm disrupted dosage delivery.
The Big Apple has already been blanketed by the white stuff twice this winter during two separate storms.
‘The occasional snowstorm is always good but as we’re getting closer to March it gets a little tiring. I’m ready for it to start being warm again,’ said 18-year-old student Kara Dickson.
Huntington, West Virginia: A vehicle is left unattended along McCullough Road after an overnight snow piled on already ice-damaged areas on Thursday
Guttneberg, New Jersey: Snow accumulation has shut down more New Jersey vaccine sites and has been a strain on timely vaccine delivery
Wayne County, West Virginia: State Police Sgt. E. A. Blankenship leads the way as West Virginia National Guardsmen and members of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority use side-by-side vehicles to check on residents in hard to reach areas during a Health and Wellness check mission in rural Wayne County on Thursday
Huntington, West Virginia: Michael Reynolds with the West Virginia Department of Highways works to clear tree limbs from utility lines along McCullough Road after an overnight snow piled on already ice-damaged areas on Thursday
Wayne County, West Virginia: West Virginia National Guardsmen and members of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority use side-by-side vehicles to check on residents in hard to reach areas during a Health and Wellness check mission in rural Wayne County on Thursday
Central Park, NYC: A historic winter weather system that brought bitter, record-busting cold to much of the southern and central US was pushing up the East Coast on February 18, with forecasters warning of heavy snowfall and dangerous, icy buildups
Central Park, NYC: A woman walks through snow-covered Central Park, New York, on Thursday
The historic frigid blast has over the past week seen Arctic cold envelope much of the US sun belt unfamiliar with such extremes, leaving dozens of dead in its wake and several million Texans told to boil water before consuming it.
Many of the millions of Texans who lost power for days after a deadly winter blast overwhelmed the electric grid now have it back, but the crisis was far from over in parts of the South with many people lacking safe drinking water.
About 325,000 homes and businesses remained without power in Texas on Thursday, down from about 3 million a day earlier, though utility officials said limited rolling blackouts were still possible.
The storms also left more than 450,000 from West Virginia to Louisiana without power and 100,000 in Oregon were still enduring a week-long outage following a massive ice and snow storm.
Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania: Conrad Krajewski clears snow from the sidewalk outside his home Thursday
McCandless, Pennsylvania: Emergency crews work to remove a Subaru Forester that broke through the ice at North Park Lake on Thursday