Weather in the US: ‘life-threatening’ conditions in New York as ‘historic’ winter snowstorms throw deep snow across the east coast | US news

New York has declared a state of emergency after “historic” blizzards dumped deep snow, leaving room for windy conditions across the U.S. East Coast.

The powerful nor’easter, common to the region at this time of year, has flooded shorelines and blocked roads across 10 states, leaving treacherous conditions in the wake.

In New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul urged people to stay inside and warned of chills below zero after the storm passed.

“This is a very serious storm, very serious. We have prepared for this. It can be life threatening,” she said.

“It’s strong winds, heavy snow, blizzards – all the elements of a classic northern Easter.”

Elsewhere, Boston is preparing for potentially record-breaking snowfall.

US meteorologist Anthony D Torres told Sky News: “These northern Easters happen every year, but the powerful ones like this happen maybe once or twice a year. And this particular storm, if it produces more than 70 cm of snowfall in Boston, would be the largest snowfall ever observed from a single storm in Boston’s metropolitan area. “

In a speech to local media on Saturday, Boston City Councilman Ruthzee Louijeune said: “This is going to be a historic snowstorm.

“It is the force of the wind and the amount of snow that make it particularly dangerous.”

Residents of the city have been warned to stay indoors while the storm prepares to go over.

Snow in Massachusetts.  Photo: AP
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Snow fell in Massachusetts – where Boston expected record-breaking snowfall. Photo: AP
A stranded motorist on the right gets help shoveling his car out of a passerby with a shovel in Providence, RI, Saturday, January 29, 2022. A powerful Easter swept up the east coast Saturday, threatening to bury parts of 10 states deep , raging falling snow accompanied by coastal floods and strong winds that could cut off the current and cause people to shake in the cold weather that is expected to follow.  (AP Photo / David Goldman)
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The storm passed over 10 states in the United States. Photo: AP

Planes, trains and cars all stopped across the east coast

Airlines had already canceled more than 5,000 flights scheduled to depart between Friday and Saturday, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware. More than 8,500 flights have been delayed.

More than 90% of Saturday’s schedules at Boston’s Logan Airport and New York’s LaGuardia were scrapped, according to FlightAware.

Amtrak trains on the busy corridor between Washington and Boston have all been stopped with delays or cancellations across most of the rest of the rail network.

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee issued a nationwide ban on cars on the roads, as well as asking tractors and trailers to stay away from the asphalt for the time being.

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NBC correspondent Chris Pollone in Boston told Sky News that “today is a day to stay home”.

“Of course this area is used to heavy snowfall, but what’s going to make it so dangerous is the strong winds that come under snowstorm-like conditions,” he said.

“They say people who are on the roads will not be able to see anything, and so they say it really is a day to stay in, allow the plows to do their work and clear the roads.”

Students at Harvard take advantage of the snow.  Photo: Massachusetts
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Students at Harvard take advantage of the snow. Photo: Massachusetts

Rapidly falling snow and strong winds

Forecasters said up to two meters of snow could fall over the region – as fast as five inches per hour – along with gusts of 70 mph early on Saturday.

Warnings and warnings of winter storms have been issued from the Carolinas through Maine, where it was predicted that snow would continue Saturday.

Pictures on social media showed customers intruding on grocery stores and filling essentials prior to the storm.

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