Blizzard pounds U.S. Northeast as snow sweeps across South

From Reuters - January 4, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C./BOSTON (Reuters) - Heavy snow and high winds pounded the U.S. East Coast along a front stretching from Maine as far south as North Carolina early on Thursday, knocking out power, icing over roadways and closing hundreds of schools.

The storm, the product of a rapid and rare sharp drop in barometric pressure known as bombogenesis that on Wednesday dumped snow on Floridas capital Tallahassee for the first time in 30 years, was expected to last through the day.

States of emergencies were in effect in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia and blizzard warnings from the Canadian border as far south as Virginia.

Much of the eastern United States is in the grip of a sustained cold spell that has frozen part of Niagara Falls, played havoc with public works and impeded firefighting in places where temperatures barely broke 20 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 6 centigrade).

Areas around Boston were forecast to see about one foot (30 cm) of snow on Thursday, and the National Weather Service predicted a similar amount and wind gusts of up to 55 mph (90 kmph) in New York City.

Schools were ordered to close in both cities.

This could bring some very dangerous conditions, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said late on Wednesday.

Both rush hours will be affected, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh earlier told a news conference. Be patient. With the amount of snow were getting here, we could be plowing your street and a half hour later it could look like we havent been there.



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