TBR — RICHMOND, VA – After almost two days of snow, often offering white out conditions, along with sleet and freezing rain, the clouds finally lifted Saturday night, and made way for clear skies on Sunday morning. Residents from North Carolina to New York woke up to significant accumulations, with snow drifts of up to 20 inches in some areas, and as much as 30 inches in Maryland making driving almost impossible.
From New York’s Time Square to Washington D.C., to the suburbs of Richmond, VA residents ended up taking to the streets to get around by walking. Top officials as well as State Police also asked for drivers to be patient on the roadways to be cleared and to limit all unnecessary travel.
Thanks to some sunshine and a bit warmer temperatures on Sunday, there were signs that the snow was starting to melt, however we can expect to see this snow around for a few weeks to come, which will leave many roads, especially secondary and rural roads tough and slick to drive on.
In New York City, the big apple broke its all-time daily snowfall record, with 26.6 inches at Central Park. Meanwhile 30.1 inches was recorded at JFK airport. Four other states including West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, also saw snow totals over 30 inches.
Officials have also stated that at least 28 deaths have been blamed on Blizzard 2016.
It’s also been tough going at the airports with more than 12,000 flights cancelled during the weekend, and 800 flights already cancelled for Monday.
Areas like Washington, D.C., Richmond, VA and many other East Coast were covered in almost 2 feet of snow and have already closed schools on Monday.
In South Jersey it was rising tides and incoming water that did the most damage in their area following the monster winter storm.
But now, residents must dig out from the snow, and try to figure out how to get to work as they continue to hope and pray that secondary roads will be cleared sooner than later.