A WinterStorm that had already buried parts of the South in snow moved into Northeast on Friday. It snarled air travel, crushed morning commutes and created a dilemma for school districts that were trying to keep students in school during a surge coronavirus cases.
Schools in Boston closed, and Providence, Rhode Island, public schools switched to distance learning, but New York City kept the nation’s largest public school system open.
“Children should be in school. We don’t have any more days to waste” after the many closures and remote-learning days of the pandemic, said Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat dealing with his first major storm after taking office Saturday. He also noted that many children rely on in-school meals and that some working parents can’t stay home.
WINTER SNOW STORMS SLAM MIDSOUTH, CAUSE DOZENS of ACCIDENTS
Ericka Weathers from Penn State University was a Penn State University professor of education. She had to finish a fellowship application, while her children were home from school due to snow. She started working around 5:15 a.m. to try to ensure she’d have enough time to finish by the deadline Friday evening.
“I’ve been trying to juggle,” she said as her 7-year-old sledded on the hill outside and her 4-year-old didn’t want to go out. “Every five minutes, someone’s asking me a question.”
According to FlightAware, more than 2,400 flights had been scrubbed by midday on the East Coast. The largest number was at Boston and New York City airports.
Airlines have been struggling to cope with staff shortages due to an increase of COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant. After peaking at over 3,200 on Monday, cancellations in the U.S. had slowed down a bit.
According to the National Weather Service, some spots in New England, including Danielson, Connecticut, Norwood (Massachusetts) and Burrillville (Rhode Island), had received more than a foot of rain by Friday morning.
Massachusetts Governor. Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Governor, urged people not to drive and encouraged them to use public transportation whenever possible. However there were reports of accidents in the region.
Plow driver Michael D’Andrea got a firsthand look at the mess on the roads. He saw many vehicles spinning out as thick snow fell.
D’Andrea (34), of Norwood said, “The first storm always proves to be a bit more hazardous.” “No one has driven in this type of weather for more than six months. This requires people to learn how to drive in it. And it’s usually not a foot of snow the first one. This is almost a snowstorm considering how fast it fell. 2022 is off to an excellent start, but I think we were long overdue.”
An early Friday morning commuter bus spun off-control and blocked traffic lanes on Massachusetts Turnpike, just outside Boston. Although no injuries were reported, the bus caused a massive traffic jam.
According to state police, a driver was killed when his car struck Route 140 in Freetown.
According to state police, a tractor-trailer was jackknifed in Greenwich (Connecticut) and caused a temporary closure on southbound Interstate 95. There were no indications of mass strandings on the major north-south thoroughfare, as happened after snow in Virginia earlier this week left hundreds of motorists marooned for hours.
Governor of New Jersey. Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Governor, declared a State of Emergency Thursday night. He delayed opening state offices for non-essential employees until 11:59 a.m.
New Jersey’s snow had cleared by 10 a.m., allowing plows and other equipment to clear the roads. Preliminary snowfall estimates showed that Berlin had received 6 inches and Howell 5 inches.
Coronavirus testing locations were also affected by the storm. Many of them have been overwhelmed by long lines and waits that lasted for days. Some testing locations in Rhode Island delayed openings until later in day, when the storm was expected start to taper off. Testing sites in Connecticut were closed.
According to the weather service, 4 to 7 inches of snow were forecast in central and southern New Hampshire and south-central and Southwest Maine from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.
The storm brought record-setting snow to some areas of the South on Thursday.
Nashville saw 6.3 inches Thursday, shattering the city’s previous Jan. 6 record of 4 inches, which had stood since 1977, the weather service said. Scott Unger, a Nashville meteorologist, said that there was freezing rain and sleet in the areas near the Tennessee-Alabama border.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear closed the state offices at noon Thursday, and then extended it through Friday.
According to the weather agency, Lexington saw nearly 10 inches of snowfall.
Source: Fox News