East Coast Digs Out From Record Snow : NPR

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A woman struggles a blizzard in Washington, D.C. A major snowstorm struck the U.S. paralyzing travel for shutting down the U.S. and forcing school closures Virginia to New York.

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More a month remains in winter but Washington D.C. Philadelphia and logged their snowiest in history.

The second of back-to-back storms smothered the East and easily eclipsed record snow totals. Most of the of the second storm had tapered off by

In Washington, D.C. the federal planned to be closed for a fourth day, while city and schools in the hardest-hit regions scored snow days.

The Weather Service issued warnings in cities from D.C. to New York. It predicted as much as 16 inches of snow fall in New York City, and Philadelphia could get nearly 2 as the storm makes its way up the Atlantic As conditions rapidly deteriorated, officials in some areas snowplows off the roads because of conditions and gale-force winds.


days of clearer weather are in the mid-Atlantic, but forecasters are already of possible snow showers by Monday.

“ It’s hard to anything in the history books of types of storms back to

— National Weather meteorologist Stephen Konarik

Retailers Weigh Impact

of shovels, groceries and booze with the snows, but for airlines and stores, the region’s wintry meant millions of dollars of revenue.

Airports were from Washington to New York a further blow to an industry has been forced to cancel of flights in the past week.

were stopped in their at airports far outside the snow But the major airlines said it was too to put a dollar figure on the storms’ in part because carriers reduce the number of available anyway in February.

Robert an aviation consultant, said customers will ask for credits future travel instead of which should also in the airlines’ favor.

Travel on the wasn’t any easier. Amtrak it was limiting service along its Corridor.

Pileups involving 50 or vehicles were reported on near Williamsburg, Va. and in western Clearfield County. The crash in left one motorist dead.

For shopping malls and department the loss of revenue may be permanent.

Dan CEO of research firm Merchant said a snowstorm of this can knock down sales by 10 to 25 for the week. When it happens in the months of January and February, you make that business up, he said.

Records Fall The Snow

The latest barrage Baltimore and Washington eclipse recorded marks for seasonal

The previous records for snowiest were 62.5 inches in in 1995-96, and 54.4 inches in in 1898-99. As of Wednesday afternoon, had 72.3 inches so far this and Reagan National Airport on the border had 54.9.

The National Service said 12.6 of snow fell in parts of the area Tuesday. That shatters the daily snowfall for February. The last record was 8.9 on Feb. 9, 1885.

Philly, New Paralyzed

In Philadelphia, Wednesday’s had pushed the city past its winter snowfall record of inches by early afternoon. incredible, NWS meteorologist Tony told the Philadelphia Inquirer. I would have thought I see another ’95-96. This is to leave ’95-96 in the dust — I in the drifts.

The blizzard shut the city’s schools, businesses, and public transit.

Citing low visibility, among conditions, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed closed major highways the state and three interstates Philadelphia, leaving the city of 1.5 people with one driving I-95.

Rendell said National Guard members had activated to patrol roads for motorists.

Public transit halted all bus service across the and rail lines were

Downed trees and power cut electricity to thousands of people, and said the extreme conditions delay efforts to restore

Schools throughout the city and were canceled through

Much of New York City like a ghost town Wednesday, but the financial district to buzz with activity. The New Stock Exchange remained and workers trudged through and slush on Wall Street.

Rosenthal, a broker at 44 Wall said he waited 45 minutes for a in from Brooklyn, only to that many of his colleagues make it at all. The people live in Brooklyn, they had to in. Long Island and Jersey, stayed home today. the boss will let us out early, he

New York’s commuter trains that they might to shut down in the afternoon, and the 1.1 million schoolchildren had a rare day — only the third in six years.

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Whiteout Conditions In Maryland

officials banned all nonemergency and Maryland Gov. Martin appealed to drivers to stay off the as visibility neared zero in areas.

Stay at home for the of the snowstorm, O’Malley said at a conference. We’re experiencing conditions in every county in part of Maryland.

O’Malley there is growing concern roofs may collapse under the of so much snow. The venerable Institution reported that of the roof and a wall at a support in Suitland, Md. had collapsed.

Snowfalls as much as 10 inches in many hit by the second blizzard in five A weekend storm had previously as much as 30 inches of snow in areas of Maryland, Virginia and D.C.

It’s hard to anything in the history books of types of storms back to said National Weather meteorologist Stephen Konarik.

Crews Struggling

Thousands of along the East Coast scrambling to plow and salt Plows and salt spreaders heavy snow in Pennsylvania and New where the flakes briefly to rain to make a slushy Maryland officials said supplies used by road were dwindling in some of the state. A spokesman for Pennsylvania’s of Transportation said drivers’ were running as long as 16

It can be exhausting, mentally and physically, Jerry Graham, a state truck driver in Pennsylvania’s County.

Thousands of residents without power from the storm in parts of western Maryland and other areas. said deep snow was some crews trying to fix power lines even Tuesday’s storm arrived.

Mayor Adrian Fenty his city has spent millions on removal, and he has asked the federal to help pay the mounting costs.

Government Still Shut

In Washington, officials were up the cost of the double-barreled snowstorms the federal government shut yet again. About 230,000 workers in Washington have off since Friday afternoon, the first storm began.

Holmes Norton, the District of representative in Congress, asked Obama to declare a federal to provide funds to help the capital recover.

Norton the city does not have a government’s financial reserves to back on in an emergency.

The U.S. announced it is scrapping the rest of its Several hearings and meetings in and federal agencies were including one planned to address massive recalls.

Officials estimate that the to U.S. taxpayers is around million a day in lost productivity. But the of the federal government’s closure are because about 85 percent of employees work outside the region. An IRS spokeswoman said tax should not be affected.

The National Service said Wednesday heavy snows were over the next few days the Great Lakes, upper Valley, central Appalachians, mid-Atlantic and into the New York metro area/southern New England

From NPR’s Deborah Richard Gonzales and Robert with contributions from Phillips and Peter Crimmins of and material from The Associated

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