“It’s hard, it’s exhausting; Eddy Sasso, who is driving a four-wheeler with a plow in front of him to clear the sidewalk in Queens, says when the wind hits your face, it hurts a lot. He’s been there for 12 hours, he said, and will stop “whenever it stops.”
That said, New York City appeared to have avoided the brunt of the storm, even as swathes of snow and wind covered the Jersey Coast, east of Long Island and Connecticut, and headed north. In the late afternoon, Islip, NY, on Long Island, was more than two feet tallmost locations in the tri-state area, followed by Groton, Conn., and Bayville, NJ
In Rhode Islandtravel restrictions have been applied until Saturday night, with large trucks, except for those carrying emergency goods, are prohibited from driving on all roads. Similar steps have also been taken in Connecticut, where Governor Ned Lamont said a number of “terrible accidents” have occurred involving tractors. He begged residents to stay off the road but commended their hard work.
“This is New England,” he told CNN. “We’re prepared for this.”
Governors in New Jersey and New York have advance statement state of emergency with hurricane forecast, even as airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights at three main hubs – Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport – according to FlightAware, which tracks aviation data.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said at a news conference about the storm Saturday morning, adding that the cold outburst that accompanies the storm, and the potential loss of power, can be life-threatening. “You can’t leave people in their homes without heat for any length of time.”
Faced with a major weather event in his first month in office, New York City Mayor Eric Adams warned residents to stay indoors. “Best get off the road,” he said, standing on a shady sidewalk on Tiffany Street in the Bronx. “Be careful. Bundle up. A good day to stay at home if you don’t have to go out”.
That said, some city dwellers see Saturday snow as a treat, with dog owners taking their pets to Central Park for a walk. Nancy Nelson, 65, of the Upper West Side, who lives with her 8-year-old dog Callie, said: “She loves the snow. “She’s been crawling all the way.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/29/nyregion/winter-storm-northeast.html Strong winter storm brings strong winds and heavy snow to the northeast