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.
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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.
Following a blustery and chilly weekend, temperatures will once again take a tumble across the northeastern United States during the first half of the week.
Dry weather set to dominate the southern United States into November will only worsen the already extreme drought conditions.
Several storms will bring periods of rain and gusty winds to the west coast of the United States this week.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Powerful solar storms can devastate the world's interconnected power grids, airline operations, satellites and communications networks.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
Newbury, VT (1843)
12 inches of snow.
East Coast, USA (1878)
"Gale of '78;" hurricane center over Richmond, VA. Washington, DC. barometer reading of 28.78"/975 mb. Cape May had winds of 84 mph from the SE. Highest tide ever for the Delaware River. Winds 100 mph at Wilmington, DE. Severe damage in Philadelphia.
Off British Columbia Coast (1918)
The Princess Sophia struck a coastal reef in severe storm and sank. All 343 aboard drowned.