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Heavy snow, blizzard conditions threaten the U.S. East Coast

New York City residents were waking up to half an inch (15 cm) of snow Saturday. Weather forecasters said that the amount could quadruple if a strong nor’easter caused blinding blizzard conditions, which can lead to widespread power outages along with coastal flooding.

Parts of 10 states and some major population centers — Philadelphia, New York and Boston — were in the path of the storm, which was expected to rage throughout the day. More than 3,000 flights were cancelled at the busiest airports in the country. Amtrak suspended service or restricted it on the Boston to Washington corridor.

One tractor-trailer collided on Interstate 84 snow-slicked in West Hartford. It closed several Westbound lanes.

Representatives of Virginia and Maine advised motorists to avoid the roads in case there is a whiteout.

Rhode Island was all under a blizzard alert and banned any non-emergency travel at 8 AM.

This is serious. Governor Dan McKee said, “This is serious. We are ready for the storm. Rhode Islanders also need to be prepared.” Dan McKee agreed. “The best thing to do is stay at home tomorrow.”

Only essential staff were allowed to drive within Delaware’s three counties beginning Friday night. Massachusetts banned heavy trucks off interstate highways on Saturday, as forecasters warned that some pockets might see as much snow as 30 inches (76 cm).

Friday saw shoppers crammed into stores to buy food, generators, and snowblowers in preparation for the nor’easter. This type of storm is named after the winds that blow out of the Northeast as it whips the East Coast.

New Englanders were resilient and took the weather forecast with a smile. They even looked forward, considering the storm’s timing on the weekend.

Dave McGillivray was the race director of the Boston Marathon. He invited everyone to his home in suburban Boston on Saturday to have a snowshoeing clinic. McGillivray said that he would provide the driveway, as well multiple walkways for your training to make it seem real.

Marc Rudkowski, 28 bought French bread and wine at Cambridge Star Market Friday, Massachusetts. Along with balloons, toys, and treats for his dog, who was 1 this Friday.

Rudkowski stated, “He will love it.” He’s a snow dog.

There were concerns over hoarding in the face of ongoing supply chain problems caused by pandemic. New England supermarket giant Stop & Shop pleaded with customers to practice restraint.

The chain released a statement saying that it asked shoppers to purchase what they want and keep some money for neighbors.

Blizzard warnings were issued for parts of 10 states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Connecticut, New York. New Jersey. Delaware. Maryland. Virginia. The storm could cause wind gusts up to 70 mph in New England (113 km/h) for areas closest to the coast.

Coastal New Jersey could see as much as 18 inches (46 cm) of snow, while eastern Long Island may get 17 inches (43 cm). Philadelphia, New York City and portions of the Delmarva Peninsula, Maryland, Virginia, could see 10 to 25 centimeters or more.

Virginia was not slow to mobilize resources after a snowstorm this month left hundreds of motorists stranded for several hours on Interstate 95. Maryland governor activated the National Guard.

Washington and Baltimore are expected to avoid the worst snowfall with only 1 to 3 inches (2.5-8 centimeters) and 3-5 inches (11.3 centimeters), respectively.

In some areas, snow could fall at speeds of 5 inches (aproximately 13 cms per hour). Officials in Connecticut are concerned about the availability of snowplow drivers due to shortages caused by coronavirus and other problems.

Canada was under severe weather warnings as the worst storms could hit by Sunday morning.

At least for some parts of Massachusetts there is one thing that can save the day: snow shouldn’t be too heavy and dry because of colder weather, stated Judah Cohen from Atmospheric Environmental Research, which works as a winter storm specialist.

That means lousy snowballs — and snow that’s less capable of snapping tree branches and tearing down power lines.

Mike Robinson
Mike covers the financial, utilities and biotechnology sectors for Street Register. He has been writing about investment and personal finance topics for almost 12 years. Mike has an MBA in Finance from Wake Forest University.