Feb 9, 2013
East Coast Digs Out from Blizzard
Photos: Baruch Ezagui

Crown Heights along with the rest of New York City and its suburbs were left to dig out of nearly a foot of snow after being hit by a powerful Nor'easter on Shabbos.


New York City and its suburbs were hit by a powerful Nor'easter. New York and Connecticut were both in a state of emergency as the storm started to wind down.

The storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of New York City.

Many communities across eastern Long Island are digging out from more than two feet of snow.

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., reported a measurement of 30.3 inches outside its offices.

Roads in Conn. were ordered shut on Saturday as the state attempted to dig out from the massive storm.

More than 34 inches of snow fell in Hamden in central Connecticut, and an 82-mph wind gust was recorded down the coastline in Westport. Areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched at least 2 feet — with more falling. Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights through Saturday, and the three major airports serving New York City as well as Boston's Logan Airport closed.

Heavy snow lasted into the early morning hours of Saturday with a low temperature of 25 degrees in Midtown and 20-25 degrees across the suburbs.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged people to leave work early. School activities were canceled on Friday as were all classes and activities on Saturday.

Hundreds of plows hit the roads and 250,000 tons of salt were put on standby to clearing the streets.

More than 2,200 vehicles plowed streets overnight, Bloomberg said, clearing every major thoroughfare at least once and even most secondary streets. Traffic was flowing easily through most of the city's busiest streets.

"We're in great shape. We're lucky. ... We've dodged a bullet," Bloomberg told plow workers at a sanitation garage in Queens Saturday afternoon.

Approximately 400 salt spreaders hit the roads Friday morning across New York City, said Commissioner John Doherty of the Sanitation Department.

Bloomberg said police checked on families from Superstorm Sandy who still have no heat but no problems had been reported.

Alternate Side of the Street Parking regulations are be suspended through Sunday in New York City to facilitate storm preparations. Parking meters are suspended on Saturday.

Con Edison said there were just 317 customers without power in the city as of Saturday morning, with most of those outages in Brooklyn. There were no power failures reported in Westchester County.

Snowfall Totals:

2 to 4 inches in southern New Jersey
4 to 7 inches in lower-central New Jersey
7 to 12 inches in central New Jersey and just south of New York City
12 to 18 inches in New York City, Long Island, lower Hudson Valley, Shawangunks, eastern Catskills, extreme southeastern Connecticut
18 to 24+ inches in the upper Hudson Valley and interior Connecticut
The snow tapered down during the first part of Saturday morning and it will still be windy as the sky becomes mainly sunny for the afternoon. High temperatures will only be in the upper 20s.

Photos: Baruch Ezagui

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what in the world
this looks to me like regular snow - aint no blizzard. plus - where i live-chicago we have way more snow than that and its NOT called a blizzard
(2/10/2013 1:26:39 AM)
Please shovel the sidewalks in front of yout house. it's a sakanah. Thank you.
(2/10/2013 2:36:20 AM)
You guys sld see montreal
This is not even considered snow!!
(2/10/2013 2:45:42 AM)
Big Deal. Like we never had Snow, here in the East Cost!!!!!!
(2/10/2013 6:14:12 AM)
A blizzard is a severe snowstorm characterized by strong sustained winds of at least 56 km/h (35 mph) and low temperatures lasting for a prolonged period of time — typically three hours or more. A severe blizzard has winds over 72 km/h (45 mph), near zero visibility, and temperatures of −12 °C (10 °F) or lower. Technically, the difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is not the amount of snow but the strength of the wind.
(2/10/2013 8:29:53 AM)
Thank you # 3
It wouldn't be the same without the Montrealers putting their 2 bits in about our pathetic snow falls...... And to # 1, don't become like the montrealers bashing other people, its really childish and tacky.
(2/10/2013 8:42:04 AM)
# 6
And??????????????? WHY not go to the midwest? Very Naive you are!
(2/10/2013 10:01:39 AM)
Chasdei Hashem Say Boruch Hashem
We in Crown Heights have Shabbatons every week , Last week Kinus Hashluchos , this week P.S. Students Shabbaton Hashem is kind in keeping disruptive weather away , same with Hurricanes and blizzards , JFK had 4 inches same here in CH
kids can have fun , but travel running BH
(2/10/2013 10:32:15 AM)
I'm in Florida! 72 degrees
(2/10/2013 10:56:17 AM)
brooklyn is lucky
2 feet where i am
(2/10/2013 12:41:37 PM)
TO 10
(2/10/2013 1:17:04 PM)
I wish I was there. Im in Cali- 60 degrees!!
(2/10/2013 1:38:40 PM)
85 Degrees! Mmmmmmm Mechaya. I don't have too deal with SNOW!
(2/10/2013 1:57:03 PM)
hello theres much more snow here in MA!!!!
theres like 2-3 feet....u crown heightsers shouldnt be talking
(2/10/2013 2:18:42 PM)
to number 11
what do u mean 10 is so lucky?
(2/10/2013 3:22:10 PM)
gr8 pics
nice job boruch!
(2/10/2013 3:50:00 PM)
to # 3
yep i was thinking the same thing!!!!!!! there is SOOOOO much snow in montreal!!!!
(2/10/2013 4:22:50 PM)
(2/10/2013 4:34:18 PM)
I'm sorry well this isn't called a blizzard there was a little bit of snow well this is nothing even compared to a blizzard!!!!!!
(2/10/2013 5:18:30 PM)
Stop bashing CROWN HEIGHTS! Yes, for us living in BROOKLYN, THIS IS ALOT OF SNOW FOR USSSSSSS!!!!! because in general we do not get alot of snow. So it is a big deal for us. IN montreal you are used to snow so its not a big deal. THATS IT
(2/10/2013 7:20:46 PM)
ny waits for it to melt..
snow..it looks like slush to me..
(2/10/2013 11:35:12 PM)
What if NY City. (Not ny State). Get FOUR FEET of SNOW?????????????????? My ges will be. Like another 9/11 time ......... Every thing Shut Down. From the Airport, too the Wall Street!
(2/11/2013 7:08:36 AM)
that is nothing compared to here
(2/11/2013 8:58:26 AM)
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