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A chill arrives, East Coast plans to dig deep after a blizzard – NBC Chicago

High winds and falling temperatures have left the East Coast in ice as people dig after a massive storm dumped snow, flooded the shoreline and knocked out power for tens of thousands of people.

Dangerous cold winds are expected to drop below zero across the region Sunday after the storm dumped snow from Virginia to Maine. Philadelphia and New York there’s a lot of snow, but Massachusetts suffered the effects of the storm, with the town of Sharon getting more than 30 inches (76 cm) of snow before the storm moved out.

Winds continued to rage as more than 100,000 electricity was lost, mostly in Massachusetts, hampering the ability of crews to work on overhead lines. No other states have reported widespread power outages.

Wind gusts as high as 83 mph (134 km/h) over Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It swept the ground in some spots and piled up snow in large tracks in others. According to video posted on social media, coastal towns were flooded, with fierce winds and waves from North Weymouth, south of Boston, sending streets flooded with frigid waters. Other videos show an underwater street in Nantucket and waves crashing against the windows of a building in Plymouth.

Forecasters have been keeping a close eye on new snowfall records, especially in Boston. The modern Boston area snowfall record for a winter storm is 27.6 inches (70 cm), set in 2003.

The city set the record for the heaviest snowfall in a single day on Saturday, with 23.6 inches (60 centimeters), the National Weather Service said.

Jesse Ledin, a resident of Boston, owns a home appliance rental business. He was out walking his dog during the storm, wearing ski goggles on Saturday as he navigated cautiously through heavy sleet and gusty winds.

Most roller coaster rampages have ended after destroying record totals of snow for some, but the weather threats aren’t over as the night progresses.

“It was quite intense with winds of up to 70 miles (112 km) an hour. In terms of depth, it’s pretty deep in windy and snowy spots, but it’s quite uncomfortable and I certainly wouldn’t want to drive. So it’s been great to be able to go through these huge sleds and in pretty extreme conditions,” Ledin said.

Climate change, especially ocean warming, could affect hurricane strength, say atmospheric researchers.

“Definitely played an important role in strengthening the storm system and increasing the moisture available to the storm,” said University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Jason Furtado. “But it’s not the only thing.”

The storm has two life-saving possibilities: Dry snow is less likely to chop down trees and cut power lines, and it comes on a weekend when schools are closed and traffic is low.

Areas of 10 states were under blizzard warnings at some point: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, along with much of the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The National Weather Service considers a storm a blizzard if it has heavy snowfall or snow, as well as winds of at least 35 mph (56 km/h) that reduce visibility to a quarter of a mile or less. for at least three hours. In many areas, Saturday’s storm met those criteria.

Rhode Island, all under a blizzard warning, bans all emergency road travel.

The tough New Englanders strode through the storm.

From a snow emergency in Boston, to no visibility in Revere, Mass., to flood concerns in Marshfield, here’s what our team covered on Saturday’s blizzard.

Dave McGillivray, the Boston Marathon race director, jokingly invited the public to his suburban Boston home on Saturday for a free snow shovel clinic.

“I will provide driveways and plenty of walking paths to make sure your training is done in the most lifelike situation,” he says.

Washington and Baltimore get snow, but almost no snow. The worst of the storm is expected to blow Sunday morning to Canada, where several provinces are under warning.

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Catalini reports from Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Contributing to this report are Associated Press journalists, Rodrique Ngowi of Boston; David Collins of Hartford, Connecticut; Jeff McMillan of Scranton, Pennsylvania; Seth Borenstein of Kensington, Maryland; and Ron Todd in Philadelphia.

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DUSTIN JONES

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