World Amazing Stuff: Snow and winds hit Northeastern US

Snow and winds hit Northeastern US

Snow, high winds and a freezing chill hit the northeastern United States on Friday as a blast of brutal wintry weather bore down on many states and major cities, snarling air traffic.

A blustering winter storm that dropped nearly 2 feet of snow just north of Boston shut down major highways in New York and Pennsylvania.
  • Around 4,000 flights canceled because of the snowfall and low visibility
  • All schools closed in New York, DC and Boston
  • New York, D.C. and Boston are being hit by up to 22 inches of snow
  • Warnings plummeting temperatures and wind chills below zero could freeze exposed skin within 15 minutes

The brutal weather which brought plummeting temperatures to some areas that forecasters predicted could see highs just above zero and wind chill readings of minus 10 degrees and colder by early on Friday dumped 21 inches of snow in Boxford, Massachusetts, by late Thursday and 18 inches in parts of western New York near Rochester. Up to 7 inches fell in New York City by Friday morning.

The snowfall, frigid cold and stiff winds extended the holiday break for some students for a second day while posing the first test for New York City’s new mayor and perhaps the last challenge for Boston’s outgoing one.