Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Nor'easter to Remember

The ongoing blizzard that is pounding the entire Northeast and the New York City metro area is being hammered with strong winds and snows that fall at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour. Thunder and lightning have been reported through the area.

Mahwah, New Jersey already has 17.5 inches and much of the area has more than a foot of snow. I figure I've got just about a foot of snow as of 10:30 EST. Plows from Fair Lawn have already been through once, but you wouldn't be able to tell as the blowing and drifting snows, plus additional snowfall has quickly enveloped everything in a fresh coat of white.

New Jersey's acting governor, State Senator John Sweeney, declared a state of emergency as Gov. Chris Christie is out of the state.

Mass transit - and indeed all transit- has slowed to a crawl as the weather is absolutely dangerous. The LIRR has canceled all service until further notice. NJ Transit is operating on a modified schedule on Monday, while the bus service has been canceled through much of the state. Amtrak has canceled all service between Boston and New York. More than 1,400 flights have been canceled at the 3 area airports.

Meanwhile, Mayor Mike Bloomberg has yet to declare a state of emergency in the city despite the fact that more than a foot of snow.

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