Published on : Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A strong winter storm hit the U.S. East coast on Monday causing temperature go well below the freezing point. Almost 2,250 flights were cancelled, schools were closed, travelling disrupted in all major cities and latest reports suggest two casualties in a road accident due to the bad weather.
Although the snow is expected to bypass northern cities including New York and Boston, by early on Monday New York’s temperature had already peaked at 23 F (-5 C).
The freezing rain, snow and arctic cold is expected to last for another day or two covering the U.S. capital with up-to 9 inches of snow. Washington on Monday was literally shut down.
The governors of New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi and Tennessee declared states of emergency, and schools and local governments throughout the area closed. Maryland state offices shut down and West Virginia state workers were on a delayed schedule.
In Philadelphia’s downtown Gallery mall, Juanita Thomas, 57, was waiting to go to her local bank, which planned to open two hours late due to the storm. She had no complaints about the repeated snowstorms that have clogged the city’s streets and shut down schools.
At least two weather-related deaths, both from traffic accidents, were blamed on the wide-ranging storm that started from Saturday. Almost 5000 flights were cancelled in these three days. Monday saw the cancellation of 2,250 flights and delay of almost 1200 flights in the entire U.S.
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