Emergency crews and residents struggled to clear roadways and sidewalks from a storm that rampaged through the Northeast, dumping up to 3 feet of snow and bringing howling winds that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands.
Municipal workers from New York to Boston labored through the night Saturday in snow-bound communities, where some motorists had to be rescued after spending hours stuck in wet, heavy snow. Meanwhile, utilities in some hard-hit New England states predicted that Friday’s storm could leave some customers in the dark at least until Monday.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone of Long Island, which got more than 2 1/2 feet of snow.
About 400,000 homes and businesses remained without power early Sunday, down from a total of about 650,000. Some school districts announced they’d be closed on Monday, complicating parents’ back to work schedules but giving kids another day for frolicking.
We missed out on the big weather adventure. Mostly. We had about 4” of snow here, and hardly a bit of wind. The parking lots and the roads are perfectly clear now, and the melting has already begun. Snow never lasts long here in NJ.
I feel bad for the folks who got hammered, and I hope everyone had adequate time to prepare. Sure, the weather wienies often get over-excited about things, but they’ve been right about the last few major major storms ... so when they give a storm a name and say it’s going to suck, maybe it’s time to listen.
I bought some extra gas for the car, 3 packs of meat, and made sure I had enough propane in the bbq grill. Not that any of that was needed. We never lost our power, and we were plowed out within an hour or two of the end of the storm. We live in the western part of the state, a good 50 miles inland, and major storms almost always come up the coast. So we miss the worst of them. Mostly.
I have to laugh sometimes. I grew up in Bergen County, NJ in the 1950’s and a couple of 24 to 30 snows every season were a common event. No big deal. A day off school, maybe 2 then bingo lafe was back to normal.
The winters were colder longer then. I remember the Oradell reserviour (pretty big) froze over and stayed that way for a month or 6-weeks.
Now the LSM calls panic every time a few flakes are spotted.
I was just north of the Jersey line in those days, and you are correct. Winter of 78 had to be one of the coldest and longest on local record. We were playing ice hockey and going skating outside the week after Halloween. IIRC there was snow, snow, and more snow. Parents said it was bad, but nothing compared to winter of 1960, with a blizzard every damn week, and cars with flags tied to poles on the antennas so they could see each other at the intersections. Many feet of snow on the ground for months. One year in the mid 80s was like that too; I remember shoveling out the old guy next door’s place, and the snow was up to the windows in his garage. 6 feet? Probably drifts, I guess.
No, folks can’t handle it anymore. OTOH, there’s 30 times as many people there now. And folks today have no patience at all.
We haven’t had even a hint of snow this year except in the local mountains(Hood,Rainier,St Helens Etc). Unless February gets busy we may miss it entirely this year(YEA). Was kind hoping you got a nice blast so these pages would be full of “Drew News on the Winter Blues”.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone.
Sorry, but that’s just plain old simple bullsh!t.
Why do people make statement’s like this? Do they not know that statements can be verified? Crap, I haven’t even finished my first cup of coffee and I’m already pissed off - frickin’ morons. It’s no wonder this country is head around the bowl.