New York Emerges From Deep Snow, As Washington Government Shuts Down

Posted: Jan 25 2016, 8:53am CST | by , Updated: Jan 25 2016, 9:46pm CST, in Latest Science News


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Snowstorm in the US
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New York has just experienced its second-biggest snowstorm in history, and just emerged from a blizzard that paralyzed activity everywhere in the US East Coast, prompting even the Washington government to shut down service for Monday, Reuters reports.

In midtown Manhattan, cars were dug out of snow and several closed roads were reopened on Sunday when the blizzard abated and sunlight shone through again, prompting the city to spring back to life with several persons taking up their ski equipment and drifting about New York City.

The US Office of Personnel Management disclosed government offices in Washington will be closed for on Monday as a result of the terrible blizzard, affecting also those in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Public schools in these areas were also closed for Monday.

Local residents have termed the blizzard “Winter Storm Jonas” with 20 people killed in many states as a result of the bad weather, mostly from road accidents and other incidents related to the snowstorm.

Funny enough, 21-year-old Viola Rogacka, a fashion model from Poland disclosed that “For us, snow is like normal weather. It’s how it should look like.”

But not everyone will agree with this, not after the discomforts and losses they had been through.

"We still have some areas that we have to do a lot more work on. But we've come through it pretty well," said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We think we'll be broadly up and running again at the city tomorrow."

The snow in Central Park of New York was measured by the National Weather Service to be 26.8 inches (68 cm) deep, even though the one for 2006 was 26.9 inches (68.3 cm) deep.

Officials say 13 people died in car crashes in Arkansas, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky on Saturday. Three persons died in New York and another in Maryland while carting snow; one died from hypothermia in Virginia and one from carbon monoxide poisoning in Pennsylvania.

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