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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:44 PM

Blizzard Begins to Wallop Northeastern U.S.

Source: Reuters

Blizzard begins to wallop northeastern U.S.

Fri Feb 8, 2013 1:26pm EST

By Scott Malone and Shannon Stapleton

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard blew into the northeastern United States on Friday, cutting short the workweek for millions who feared being stranded as state officials ordered roads closed ahead of what forecasters said could be record-setting snowfall.

Authorities scrambled to prepare for the storm, which had already resulted in a massive traffic pile-up in southern Maine and prompted organizers of the nation's sledding championship in Maine to postpone a race scheduled for Saturday, fearing too much snow for the competition.

From New York to Maine, the storm began gently, dropping a light dusting of snow, but officials urged residents to stay home, rather than risk getting stuck in deep drifts when the storm kicks up later Friday afternoon.

Even in its early stages, the storm created some panic. Drivers lined up at gas stations to top off their tanks, grocery stores were swamped as shoppers stocked up on bread and milk, and travelers were forced to confront flight delays and cancellations.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE91611P20130208

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:55 PM

1. MA Gov has banned driving after 4 pm

500 dollar fine. They haven't done that in 35 years.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:00 PM

4. I suspect CT will follow soon after with road closures.

The governor said he was coordinating with Mass and RI on closing the highways.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:13 PM

6. I've a friend in Dayton OH

and I was surprised to learn 10 years ago that they do similar there if the snow is bad enough. She risked it one night when she needed to get to the hospital pronto with her daughter, the police stopped her and given the expo escorted her the rest of the way.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:56 PM

2. Dodging this one so far here in Philly

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:56 PM

3. I'm right in the middle it, 25 mls south of Boston

Hoping we don't lose electricity, it's going to be more than difficult for maintenance crews to work of wires with 3 ft of snow and 50-70 ml hour winds.
Please all in the area of storm, keep safe.

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Response to sasha031 (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:33 PM

9. You guys are supposed to get it bad.

Worse than us in NJ. Stay safe!!!

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Response to Beacool (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:45 PM

11. thank you Beacool

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Response to sasha031 (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:40 PM

13. Stay safe and warm

Hope this will be a time when you can spend some quality moments with your loved ones.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:00 PM

5. Wait, "too much snow for sledding" ... in Maine?

I'm cornfuzed.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:18 PM

7. They have evacuated some people from their homes along the coast in NY, NJ, and Ct because of the

5 foot storm surge expected. It looks like it is changing over here in Brooklyn to sleet. We expect the snow to start in an hour or so.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:38 PM

10. The snow changed to sleet, then back to snow near Newark NJ an hour ago

They said it would start about 1PM, but there was an inch on the ground when I got up at 8AM. I headed for the local Radio Shack and traded up to a cell phone with a built-wifi, so I won't be cut off from the world if the lights go out like with Hurricane Sandy.

Bon Jovi have a gig at the casino in Uncasville CT tomorrow -- they say it's still gong on.


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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:33 PM

8. Yeah, it ain't pretty here in NJ.

Lots of sleet that hurts when it hits you. It's also very slippery.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:36 PM

12. SE of Albany, we've barely gotten an 1/8" so far.

It's coming, I'm sure, but at the moment, it's quiet and not even too windy.

It was nice to see people in town sporting a festive spirit -- making sure to ask others if they are all ready for the storm, but with a kind smile on their faces.

for all the people in Eastern and Central MA, we're pulling for you. you're going to be getting it way worse than us.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:13 PM

14. Hope all DU'ers in the path of this storm take precautions and stay safe.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:40 PM

15. It is snowing quite hard on Long Island

sounds like it might be an icy mix too, which worries me because the power is always a bit sketchy. Lots of trees that made it through Sandy are kind of compromised. Some ice and high winds and we could be out again. And it's cold outside.

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Response to Danmel (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:11 PM

16. I was on Long Island the end of November.

And saw a lot of the downed trees (mostly on the elevated areas). I'm trying to imagine Huntington and Cold Spring Jarbor and JFK all covered in snow.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:44 PM

17. It's coming down hard now in Boston.

It's very pretty actually. As long as everyone stays inside and off the roads I think it should be ok.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:39 PM

18. nw CT here but out of town - my neighbor said it was snowing all day but nothing huge yet

Here in DC the wind is up and it's blowing over 20 mph.

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