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.
Heavy rain and major flooding will continue to threaten lives and property in and around the Carolinas this weekend despite Hurricane Joaquin tracking away from the United States.
While Hurricane Joaquin is tracking away from the coast, indirect impacts will still threaten lives and property in parts of the eastern United States into Monday.
Mujigae will bring flooding and strong winds to parts of southern China early next week.
An invasion of summerlike heat will be felt across parts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales early this week.
As Joaquin bypasses the Eastern Seaboard this weekend, sports fans across the mid-Atlantic and Carolinas may need rain gear.
Coastal flooding and heavy rain caused significant problems across the mid-Atlantic region on Friday and more impacts are expected through the weekend.
Indian Creek, IL (1991)
Cars were blown off roadways by a tornado. Many homes suffered damage.
Gulf States (1995)
Hurricane Opal comes ashore with sustained winds of 125 mph just east of Pensacola. Winds gusted to 144 mph at Fort Walton Beach, FL massive damage done to Pensacola Beach - fishing pier was destroyed. Many businesses and homes damaged by the storm surge.
20 tornadoes touched down - the greatest number ever recorded in the US. 7 touched down in the Tulsa area alone.