Winter Storm Drops Heavy Snow in the Northeast as the South Digs Out – The New York Times

January 17, 2022 by No Comments

A strong winter storm that slammed the South with snow showers and ice over the weekend moved north on Monday, dropping heavy snow over parts of the Northeast and Canada, where gusty winds made travel treacherous.

While New York City and other points along the East Coast mostly experienced a mix of rain and high winds, some of the hardest-hit places over the long holiday weekend were among the least prepared.

Thousands of people in the Southeast were still without electricity on Monday afternoon, with warnings that the power might take days to return in some places. Hundreds of flights were canceled. Numerous car accidents were reported on icy roads, including one that killed two people in Raleigh, N.C.

Tiffany Graves, 46, of Charlotte, N.C., said that, as a southerner, she had felt unprepared during snowstorms in years past.

But on Sunday morning, as the sleet hit her window, she said she “sort of went into panic mode” and prepared for the worst: cold tuna sandwiches on standby in case the power went out; battery packs charged; ice scraper ready.

Still, on Monday, as she saw neighbors shoveling snow from cars and streets outside, she realized a gap in her planning: she had no shovel of her own. But she did have electricity, unlike many in her state who were still waiting.

The snow was more of an overnight wonder in Canton, Miss., where up to 9 inches of snow dropped on Sunday. On Monday afternoon, residents were mostly relaxing as the snow melted away from porches and parks, the captain of the Fire Department said.

“People were just excited about the snow, and it all melted by that evening,” Capt. Eric Redmond said. “It’s not normal for us to get that much snow down here.”

Winter storm warnings stretched from western North Carolina up through Maine, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm played out in typical fashion near Lake Erie. Ashtabula, Ohio, which is northeast of Cleveland and next to the lake, had received 27 inches, the National Weather Service said. Freezing rain and sleet turned into snow in western Pennsylvania.

Buffalo lived up to its reputation, with totals of up to 16 inches and gusty winds reaching as high as 40 miles per hour through the day.

Across the border, the city of Toronto issued a winter storm warning Monday afternoon, hours after snow had risen past the knees of morning dog-walkers in some parts of the city, the fourth-largest in North America, on the shore of Lake Ontario.

The police closed two of Toronto’s main intercity highways. The schools, which had been finally slated to open for in-person learning for the first time since Christmas break, were closed, with students returning to another day of online instruction in many cases.

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