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Hazardous Blizzard Blankets East Coast in White

Winds gusting past 40 mph will down some trees and can, in turn, lead to more power outages tonight.

Winter scenes of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Somerdale, New Jersey, 10 Feb. 2010 Photos by Frank Nieves and Robert O'Dowd
Winter scenes of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Somerdale, New Jersey, 10 Feb. 2010
Photos by Frank Nieves and Robert O'Dowd

(PENN/N.J.) - Doylestown Pennsylvania and Somerdale, New Jersey are two areas reporting in to Salem-News.com from the midst of a blizzard blanketing the east coast with snow.

Salem-News.com Staff Writer Robert O'Dowd says the shoveling has been an ongoing effort, and it just keeps coming, "I'm still shoveling snow. If this keeps up, New Jersey will become a Canadian province!"

The photos in the slideshow were shot today by Robert, and by Frank Nieves, who has also written stories for Salem-News.com in the past.

"Trust me, I'm staying safe by staying home," Frank said, adding that his boss called out sick yesterday afternoon.

"She spent the night in a nearby motel and is running the store with one other person. When I spoke with her last, she had two customers." Its about 30' and here's a live cam link:

AccuWeather.com's Alex Sosnowski says the perils from the "Second Blizzard of 2010" will continue in the heavily populated Northeast tonight as whiteouts, drifting snow, freeze-ups, and roof collapses continue.

He says travel conditions are extremely dangerous in many areas tonight.

East coast storm Photos by Frank Nieves and Robert O'Dowd

"Low visibility, slippery roads and heavy snow have led to multiple car pile-ups on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Interstate 64 in southeastern Virginia and other highways in the region Wednesday."

Portions of these interstate highways and others remain closed this evening.

"The storm's snow and wind has spread to southeastern New England this evening, while the intense snow will slowly diminish from west to east over most of the mid-Atlantic overnight."

Schools will likely remain closed, Sosnowski says, while more flights are delayed or canceled Thursday, as another "Big Dig" from up to two feet of new snow begins.

"The snow from this storm and the previous monster less than a week ago means that three to four feet of snow is on the ground in portions of southern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and the Virginias."

Massive drifts created by increasing winds will block some secondary roads and city streets for days in the wake of the storm.

"Roofs of shopping centers, schools, warehouses and other structures have succumbed to the incredible weight of the snow, made worse by drifting. Many more roofs will fail in the days ahead."

Winds gusting past 40 mph will down some trees and can, in turn, lead to more power outages tonight.

Sosnowski said, "Not to add insult to injury, but AccuWeather.com meteorologists are monitoring another storm Monday with the potential for a new round of heavy snow."

But at least concerns of flooding, for the time being are on the back burner, as the cold onslaught is expected to continue indefinitely.

"However, plans for dealing with possible flooding in the weeks ahead from massive snow melt should be considered by officials."

Special thanks to: Accuweather.com




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beyoncebumb1 February 22, 2010 8:47 pm (Pacific time)

heroooooooo derrrrooooo


PEARL February 13, 2010 2:39 am (Pacific time)

We have been watching your weather here in England, we think we have had the worst winter for 30yrs I think we would sink under the amount of snow you have had, we can't cope like you ,great snow men and creatures have appeared all over England,Ilove snow ,wish I was back in the U.S maybe I could ship some over ,lovely pictures ,hope you will all soon be basking in warm spring sunshine.God Bless


Jeff Kaye~ February 11, 2010 8:57 am (Pacific time)

I remember it snowed once... literally, ONCE, where I live. Christmas 2004, my house had 4" of snow on it, gone the next day. Not to ridicule, but more the silver-lining kind of thing; the irony of the names in this story: So-snow-ski... and Nieves is Spanish for snow. I'd take a few feet off their hands if that were possible... never have had to really use my 4-wheel drive. And the kids down here have never been sledding, nor built a snowman, nor had a good snowball fight, etc. I lived in Denver for 4 years, where I did all that... and got snowed in at work for three days in '83, I think. I also "served" a year in Minnesota, where a few 30-below nights had me sleeping at work voluntarily. I was in Korea from 1986 to '87 and it didn't snow once. Weather is truly unpredictable.


Natalie February 10, 2010 4:07 pm (Pacific time)

Snow!!! Nice pics. Population explosion in 9 months or so.

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