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Blockbluster blizzard blankets the U.S. Mideast

20 shocking photos and facts from blockbuster U.S. snowfall


Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 12:12 PM - The massive winter storm that slammed much of eastern U.S. dumping more than 90 cm of snow on several Mid-Atlantic states, continues to track offshore.

Winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories and coastal flood warnings continue from northern Georgia up to New England.

While the storm tracks offshore Sunday morning, wind gusts of up to 65 km/h continues to create blowing and drifting snow for coastal sections of southeastern New England, Cape Cod and the Islands. Wind gusts as high as hurricane force have been reported, according to NWS.

A few locations came very close to, or surpassed all-time one-day and two-day snow records. Accumulations of 60 to 90 cm were reported in many states, with some isolated areas in the West Virginia and Maryland panhandles measuring over 100 cm.

More snow is on tap through Monday for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions as a low pressure system is set to track eastward toward Ontario, Canada.

Snowfall by the numbers

  • Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 102.8 cm
  • Glengary, West Virginia - 101.6 cm
  • Jones Springs, West Virginia - 99 cm
  • Philomont, Virginia - 99 cm
  • Gainesboro, Virginia - 96.5 cm
  • Redhouse, Maryland - 96.5 cm
  • North Potomac, Maryland - 92.7 cm
  • Ashburn, Virginia - 91.4 cm
  • Maugansville, Maryland - 91.4 cm
  • Pecktonville, Maryland - 91.4 cm
  • Hancock, West Virginia - 90.1 cm
  • Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia - 90.1 cm
  • Somerset, Pennsylvania - 90.1 cm
  • New Market, Maryland - 88.9 cm



The nor'easter affected some 85 million people. Eleven states declared states of emergency, including Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Snowbanks were waist-high in New York. The John F. Kennedy International Airport picked up about 70 cm of snow, NWS notes. Meanwhile, Central Park recorded 64 cm of snow by Saturday evening, making it the third-largest snowfall since record-keeping began in 1869.

A travel ban was in effect Saturday on all roads in New York City and Long Island and has since been lifted.

In West Virginia, National Guard members were dispatched to assist tractor trailers that blocked a 18 km stretch of the I-77 corridor north of Charleston, according to CNN. Drivers in central Kentucky were stranded along the I-75 for upwards of 19 hours Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

At least 14 people have died as a result of accidents on snowy highways. Meanwhile, more than 150,000 people were left without power across the country through Saturday evening.

About 10,000 flights were cancelled Saturday and Sunday nationwide, according to FlightAware.com.

Many parts of New Jersey saw coastal flooding as a result of storm surge, with a mandatory evacuation put in place for the town of Barnegat due to the flooding, according to ABC 7 New York.

The cleanup continues and officials say the damage could easily cost more than $1 billion.

Here are a few photos of the historic nor'easter:

The unperturbed bride • SoHo NYC

A photo posted by Jodie Dobson (@dojolomo) on

Newyork blizzard 🙀 #Unreal #Blizzard #NewYork #Crazy #Snow #NakedCowboy #Dedication #Freeze #Frozen

A photo posted by Shannon Matthews (@dragonx_shannonx) on

\\ JUST A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW \\ #escalator #snow #blizzard #Jonas #newyork #Manhattan #lexington #avenue

A photo posted by Ramon Theodor Manuel (@ramonsterly) on

Waking up from cryosleep #blizzard

A photo posted by @triliciousss on

SOURCE: CNN | NWS

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