Ns News Online Desk: A powerful snowstorm has swept through the north-eastern US, breaking records in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York and affecting 60 million people.Parts of northern New York received three feet (90cm) of snowfall, and New York City received all of last year’s snow total in just this one storm.
Weather officials warned of “dangerous, if not impossible travel conditions” as they struggled to plough icy roadways. Hundreds of car crashes were reported, with at least two fatalities.
Warnings were in place on Thursday for 14 states, with officials begging residents not to leave home unless absolutely necessary.
The city of Binghamton, New York, received 45 inches (114cm) of snowfall, breaking its all-time record for the month of December.Parts of Pennsylvania reached 40 inches (102cm), according to the weather officials. The Williamsport Regional Airport broke its previous snowfall record, reporting 24.7 inches of snow.
“It’s a historic storm for areas inland that got underneath the snow band,” National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Oravec told Reuters. “If you get underneath one of those bands, the snow rate can be tremendous – four or five inches per hour – and that’s what occurred today,” he said.
Police in Pennsylvania said a pile-up left two people dead on a major highway, the Interstate 80 in Clinton County. Multiple people were also injured in the crash which involved between 30-60 vehicles. Six people were also hurt in a separate multi-car collision in New York City involving 27 vehicles.
Schools across the city moved to online learning on Thursday and outdoor dining was suspended.Boston also received more than nine inches of snow on Thursday, breaking the previous record for the date set in 2013.According to the FlightAware website, more than 1,800 flights were cancelled, and another 4,000 delayed. Some rail services have also been suspended across the north-east.