BOSTON – East Coast residents dug in icy conditions Sunday after a fierce, windy storm hit the area, destroying up to 30 inches of snow in some parts of Massachusetts and make travel plans throughout the Northeast.
Across the region, snow removal crews are working to get roads, airports and surrounding areas back to normal. Total heavy snowfall was recorded in Boston – where Saturday tied the single-day snowfall record with 23.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service – and in Stoughton, Mass, received 30.9 inches. . Providence, RI, reported 18.8 inches, seemingly breaking the city’s single-day record. Areas near New York City received nearly 2 meters of snow.
When residents showed up on Sunday, they noticed a new complication in much of the area: rapidly dropping temperatures turned snow into ice, and long-term shoveling was potentially dangerous. Sub-zero temperatures hit parts of Massachusetts and Maine early Sunday, and wind chills in the Worcester, Mass., area reached as low as 16 degrees below zero — so severe that they “can cause frostbite on the skin. exposed for at least 30 minutes” Weather Service warned.
Wind chill advisories have been issued for western Maine, central New Hampshire and western Connecticut, and Boston for mid-20s temperatures. Officials say temperatures are predicted to be in the 20s in the City. New York City, but the cold wind makes it feel like a teenager.
Just as part of the country is recovering from a winter storm, an area stretching from the Midwest to the Northeast is expecting another winter storm this week. Although the exact path of the storm system’s path was not clear on Sunday, meteorologists at the Chicago Weather Service’s office reported that the storm could bring ice and snow to the Rocky Mountains and move toward northeast through Missouri, Illinois, the Great Lakes region, and parts of the South China Sea.
The effects of the storm this weekend are still being felt in travel and transit on Sunday. Follow FlightAware website, track flight cancellations. That number is likely to grow, but it’s a far cry from the thousands of cancellations on Saturday.
La Guardia Airport and Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, all say they mostly back to normal activities on Sunday, but on Twitter they advise people to spend more time traveling on Sundays and Mondays as normal travel picks up again.
In Boston, residents woke up to plow the roads, swaths of snow and freezing temperatures Sunday morning after snow blanketed the city early Saturday morning.
According to Bill Leatham, meteorologist with the Weather Service’s office in Norton, the city’s total of 23.6 inches in a day marked the mark set in 2003. The storm’s total was 23.8 inches, the second tallest. six in the city’s history, Volume.
In Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, the streets were quiet on Sunday morning. Snowbanks up to 2 meters high stretch across the roads, with many cars hiding thanks to wing mirrors or wipers sticking out through the mounds. A small number of residents have chosen to walk in the middle of the street rather than kneel.
The Massachusetts Department of Emergency Management said more than 57,000 customers across Massachusetts were without power Sunday morning, after peaking at more than 115,000 on Saturday. Power outages were mainly concentrated in Cape Cod.
A total of 38 people stayed overnight at three Cape emergency shelters that were open to the storm, according to Sonja Sheasley, a spokeswoman for the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Commission.
There were no reports of major flooding in the Cape on Sunday morning, and overnight storm damage is still being assessed or buried under ice at this time. Flooding during high tide on Saturday morning inundated areas near the harbor on Nantucketin Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard and on the coastal roads around the Cape and South Shore.
With milder winds on Sunday, the worst of the flooding is expected, according to emergency management officials.
In New York, crews worked through Saturday night to get back up and running for the Long Island Railroad, the country’s busiest commuter rail line. Service continues at 5 a.m. Sunday with some delay.
Tiffany Fortier, a meteorologist with the New York office of the Weather Service, said Saturday’s blizzard conditions had been confirmed along parts of the coast on Long Island, which was a “nothing” event. popular”. Long Island MacArthur Airport reported 23.2 inches on Saturday, the airport’s second-highest total snowfall in a single day, according to the Weather Service.
Low temperatures and cold winds in the teens will make snow removal a bit more difficult on Sunday. “People need to make sure they’re bundled up when digging or taking out the car,” Ms Fortier said.
In Maine, the aftermath of the storm included lots of snow but relatively little power outages. Central Maine Power reported 650 customers without power Sunday morning, and Versant Power reported 1,100 customers. The heaviest snowfall along the coast: 18 inches in Brunswick, nearly 15 inches in Old Orchard Beach and 14 inches in Eastport, at the Canadian border.
Chris Legro, a meteorologist with the Weather Service, said the forecast for Sunday is for winds to subside and temperatures to rise. Mid-afternoon should be the most comfortable time to escape the storm, he said.
Murray Carpenter, Azi Paybarah and Jesse McKinley contributed.
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