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New York - Northeast U.S. Smacked By Snow For Second Time In A Week (Photos)

Published on: February 2, 2015 06:05 PM
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A FedEx delivery man pulls a trolley laden with packages along a snowy street at Times Square in New York February 2, 2015. REUTERSA FedEx delivery man pulls a trolley laden with packages along a snowy street at Times Square in New York February 2, 2015. REUTERS

New York - A record-breaking winter storm walloped the northeastern United States on Monday, the region’s second snowy blast in less than a week, after leaving more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in the Chicago area.

The storm pummeled residents from New York City to Boston with snow, freezing rain and gusty winds, and was blamed for at least three deaths.

Boston, already buried under two feet (60 cm) of snow from a blizzard last week and predicted to get another foot, set a new record for the snowiest seven-day period in the city’s history. The 34.2 inches (86.8 cm) measured by 1 p.m. on Monday smashed a record of 31.2 inches (79.2 cm) set in January 1996.

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The Super Bowl victory parade in Boston be held on Tuesday despite the snow, Mayor Marty Walsh announced. City crews were removing truckloads of snow along a planned parade route to honor the New England Patriots after their victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s NFL championship game in Arizona, he said.

About 2,900 flights were canceled due to snow and ice at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport, according to Flightaware.com.

In the Boston suburb of Weymouth, a snow plow struck a woman, identified as Cynthia Levine, 57, as she walked through the parking lot of her condominium complex, killing her, police said.

Two other people were killed on Monday in a highway accident in Indiana, police said, adding that hazardous road conditions caused by the storm may have been a contributing factor.

People walk on a snow covered street as snow falls in Tarrytown village, Westchester County, New York February 2, 2015. REUTERSPeople walk on a snow covered street as snow falls in Tarrytown village, Westchester County, New York February 2, 2015. REUTERS

Snow and ice in New York City, where as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow was forecast, caused a crowded subway train to stall on an elevated stretch of track.

So many workers - 36 percent of staff - failed to make it to the Cook County Jail in Chicago that it was put on lockdown, limiting visitation for the 9,000 inmates typically housed at one of the nation’s largest jails, Sheriff Tom Dart said.

NO HELP FROM THE GROUNDHOG

Snow-weary residents could take little comfort from groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, who emerged from his burrow on Monday morning in western Pennsylvania and saw his shadow. According to legend, seeing his shadow means six more weeks of winter.

The Patriots’ Super Bowl victory helped some area residents take the latest snowy onslaught in stride.

“The Super Bowl had already made things great and, wow, now we get this,” said Steve Pieper, 51, an inventor, walking his dog, Duchess, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

”This is the perfect snowstorm. This is a perfect New England day,” he said.

The National Weather Service warned residents of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and northern Connecticut to expect as much as a foot (30 cm) of fresh snow from the potent storm.

Plowing crews in Maine, where nearly three feet (90 cm) of snow fell last week, struggled to cope with the fresh accumulation.

The National Weather Service warned of dangerous wind chills through the coming days. “Bitterly cold weather will settle in behind this system from the Upper Midwest to New England,” it said.

The storm, which dropped more than 19 inches (48 cm) of snow at O’Hare, prompted some Chicago residents to use the traditional “dibs” system to reserve dug-out parking spaces with lawn chairs, laundry baskets or other household items.

“You have to. You put time in, and time is money,” said plumber Keith Glover, 32.

If someone were to move his markers and take his spot, he said, “I’d bury the car in snow. Then they can dig it out.”

Heavy snow falls in strong winds on the section of Interstate 93 over the Zakim Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 February 2015. A strong winter storm is hitting the Northeastern United States for the second time in a week after some of the Boston area already saw more than 30 inches (76 cm) a week ago (Credit: EPA)Heavy snow falls in strong winds on the section of Interstate 93 over the Zakim Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 February 2015. A strong winter storm is hitting the Northeastern United States for the second time in a week after some of the Boston area already saw more than 30 inches (76 cm) a week ago (Credit: EPA)
People walk in the heavy snow as a loader carries snow in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 February 2015.  A strong winter storm is hitting the Northeastern United States for the second time in a week after some of the Boston area already saw more than 30 inches (76 cm) a week ago. (Credit: EPA)People walk in the heavy snow as a loader carries snow in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 February 2015.  A strong winter storm is hitting the Northeastern United States for the second time in a week after some of the Boston area already saw more than 30 inches (76 cm) a week ago. (Credit: EPA)
A person dig out their car in as heavy snow falls in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 February 2015.  A strong winter storm is hitting the Northeastern United States for the second time in a week after some of the Boston area already saw more than 30 inches (76 cm) a week ago. (Credit: EPA)A person dig out their car in as heavy snow falls in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 February 2015.  A strong winter storm is hitting the Northeastern United States for the second time in a week after some of the Boston area already saw more than 30 inches (76 cm) a week ago. (Credit: EPA)
Vehicles drive slowly in heavy snow on Interstate 93 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 February 2015.  A strong winter storm is hitting the Northeastern United States for the second time in a week after some of the Boston area already saw more than 30 inches (76 cm) a week ago. (Credit: EPA)Vehicles drive slowly in heavy snow on Interstate 93 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 February 2015.  A strong winter storm is hitting the Northeastern United States for the second time in a week after some of the Boston area already saw more than 30 inches (76 cm) a week ago. (Credit: EPA)
Vehicles and snow plows in heavy snow on Interstate 93 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 February 2015.  A strong winter storm is hitting the Northeastern United States for the second time in a week after some of the Boston area already saw more than 30 inches (76 cm) a week ago. (Credit: EPA)Vehicles and snow plows in heavy snow on Interstate 93 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 February 2015.  A strong winter storm is hitting the Northeastern United States for the second time in a week after some of the Boston area already saw more than 30 inches (76 cm) a week ago. (Credit: EPA)
Pedestrians make their way around a deep slush puddle in lower Manhattan, New York, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is warning commuters to be "very cautious" as another winter storm system brings a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the metro area. (Credit: AP)Pedestrians make their way around a deep slush puddle in lower Manhattan, New York, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is warning commuters to be "very cautious" as another winter storm system brings a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the metro area. (Credit: AP)
Snow blankets O'Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous. (Credit: AP)Snow blankets O’Hare International Airport, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago’s airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous. (Credit: AP)
Pedestrians make their way around lower Manhattan on slushy morning in New York, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is warning commuters to be "very cautious" as another winter storm system brings a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the metro area. (Credit: AP)Pedestrians make their way around lower Manhattan on slushy morning in New York, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is warning commuters to be "very cautious" as another winter storm system brings a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the metro area. (Credit: AP)
Alan Kessler drags his snow blower up the driveway Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, as he gets ready to clear off the sidewalk in front of his Sherman Hill area home in Des Moines, Iowa. A slow-moving winter storm blanketed a large swath of the Plains and Midwest in snow Sunday, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights, and making roads treacherous. (Credit: AP)Alan Kessler drags his snow blower up the driveway Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, as he gets ready to clear off the sidewalk in front of his Sherman Hill area home in Des Moines, Iowa. A slow-moving winter storm blanketed a large swath of the Plains and Midwest in snow Sunday, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights, and making roads treacherous. (Credit: AP)
Cars are covered by snow in parking lot at O'Hare International Airport on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. Numerous Chicago-area attractions are closed, more than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous. (Credit: AP)Cars are covered by snow in parking lot at O’Hare International Airport on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago. The first major winter storm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago region, bringing with it blizzard conditions of heavy snow and strong winds. Numerous Chicago-area attractions are closed, more than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago’s airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous. (Credit: AP)
A worker with Tappan Zee Constructors LLC, the designers and builders of the The 3.1-mile twin span cable-stayed bridge across the Hudson River, the largest bridge construction project in New York's history and the largest highway infrastructure project in North America, walks on the first section of the New bridge in South Nyack, New York, February 2, 2015. The northeastern United States braced for the second major snow storm in a week on Monday after a huge winter system dumped more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in the Chicago area, closing schools from the Midwest to New England. A worker with Tappan Zee Constructors LLC, the designers and builders of the The 3.1-mile twin span cable-stayed bridge across the Hudson River, the largest bridge construction project in New York’s history and the largest highway infrastructure project in North America, walks on the first section of the New bridge in South Nyack, New York, February 2, 2015. The northeastern United States braced for the second major snow storm in a week on Monday after a huge winter system dumped more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in the Chicago area, closing schools from the Midwest to New England.
A woman walks in falling snow and sleet down Broadway in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York, February 2, 2015. The northeastern United States braced for the second major snow storm in a week on Monday after a huge winter system dumped more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in the Chicago area, closing schools from the Midwest to New England. A woman walks in falling snow and sleet down Broadway in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York, February 2, 2015. The northeastern United States braced for the second major snow storm in a week on Monday after a huge winter system dumped more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in the Chicago area, closing schools from the Midwest to New England.
A man walks in falling snow and sleet down Main street in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York, February 2, 2015. The northeastern United States braced for the second major snow storm in a week on Monday after a huge winter system dumped more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in the Chicago area, closing schools from the Midwest to New England. A man walks in falling snow and sleet down Main street in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York, February 2, 2015. The northeastern United States braced for the second major snow storm in a week on Monday after a huge winter system dumped more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in the Chicago area, closing schools from the Midwest to New England.
A row of snow plows make their way through Times Square during a snow storm in the early morning hours in the Manhattan borough of New York, February 2, 2015. A row of snow plows make their way through Times Square during a snow storm in the early morning hours in the Manhattan borough of New York, February 2, 2015.


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