A powerful winter storm slammed the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to Boston on Sunday. Through today, the blizzard will bring travel to a standstill along the coastline of northern New England as well.
So far New Jersey has been hit with the heaviest snow. As of the storm's conclusion, 31.0 inches of snow buried Jackson, and 31.8 inches of snow have fallen in Elizabeth. Unofficial snowfall measurements of 34 and 35 inches at Brick in the morning would be a New Jersey state record.
Weather Matrix founder Jesse Ferrell has the latest on the amazing storm totals in his blog.
It's like a storm surge only with snow in Bradley Beach, NJ courtesy of "Snowicane II." Photo by AccuWeather.com Facebook fan Scott M., Mon. Dec., 27, 2010.
The impending storm prompted the NFL to postpone Sunday night's matchup between the Eagles and Vikings in Philadelphia before the storm even arrived. Nearly a foot of snow piled up into the evening hours.
Meanwhile, the intense snowfall shut down New York's JFK and LaGuardia airports and Newark Liberty in New Jersey. The airports are expected to remain closed through 4 p.m. today.
More than a thousand flights were cancelled throughout the Northeast as a result of the storm, creating travel nightmares for those trying to get home as the holiday weekend wrapped up. Amtrak has also suspended rail service between New York City and Boston.
Winds roaring past 60 mph in parts of Massachusetts also downed numerous trees and power lines. According the NSTAR, around 45,000 homes were left in the dark Sunday night.
Despite the snow tapering off in areas south of Boston today, travel will still remain difficult to impossible. Strong winds gusting past 40 mph at times will lead to blowing and drifting snow, hindering cleanup efforts.
Those that have to head back to work will face hazardous roads and limited mass transit. Blowing snow could also create whiteout conditions in spots.
Snow and ice will swing across parts of the central and northern Plains to the Upper Midwest as November ends and December begins.
After another brief shot of chilly air over the weekend, the month of December will start out milder across the Northeast.
December will begin with a roar across the Northwest as rounds of rain, mountain snow and even ice are in store this week.
The reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final day of November.
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The first widespread ice storm of the season created havoc in parts of the southern and central Plains over the weekend.
Buffalo, NY (2001)
The month was the mildest, most snow-free Novembers in history. There was not a flake of snow the entire month, which was the first time since records were kept.
Severe early cold with record November lows: Location Temperature Buffalo, NY 2 degrees New York City 7 degrees Boston -2 degrees Philadelphia 8 degrees (earliest ever below 10 degrees for city)
Washington, DC (1967)
A total of 6.9 inches of snow - greatest amount ever recorded in DC on one calendar day in November.