Video: Nemo slams Northeast

posted at 11:31 am on February 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Four dead, transportation at a standstill, and power out to more than 650,000 homes. That qualifies as a big deal, especially coming just a few months after Hurricane Sandy battered an adjacent region. Boston imposed its first traffic curfew in 35 years yesterday afternoon, threatening anyone who went out on the road with a year in jail and/or a $500 fine. CBS News reports on what they say will become known as “The Great Blizzard of 2013,” and it’s not over yet:

A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast on Saturday, dumping more than 2 feet of snow on New England and knocking out power to 650,000 homes and businesses.

More than 28 inches of snow had fallen on central Connecticut by early Saturday, and areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched 2 feet or more of snow — with more falling. Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights through Saturday, and New York City’s three major airports and Boston’s Logan Airport closed. …

The National Weather Service says up to 3 feet of snow is expected in Boston, threatening the city’s 2003 record of 27.6 inches. A wind gust of 76 mph was recorded at Logan Airport.

The impact of the storm will go far beyond its geographic boundaries:

On “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” Ben Mutzabaugh, a travel writer for USA Today, estimated that close to 6,000 flights would be cancelled by the end of Saturday.

That means traffic snarls across the country.  Flights in and out of other airports rely on planes flying from those airports, and a massive shutdown of air traffic in the region will cut into the availability for other routes.  If you’re flying from the middle of the country in the next few days, you’d better check to make sure your flight is still scheduled.

How serious is the issue in Boston?  The Catholic archdiocese reminded parishioners that their obligation to attend Sunday Mass is secondary to personal safety:

In heavily Catholic Boston, the archdiocese urged parishioners to be prudent about attending Sunday Mass and reminded them that, under church law, the obligation “does not apply when there is grave difficulty in fulfilling this obligation.”

More seriously, any attempt to use transportation is probably too dangerous to consider.  Three of the four deaths are traffic-related, and police in New York are now being diverted to help stranded motorists:

Early snowfall was blamed for a 19-car pileup in Cumberland, Maine, that caused minor injuries. In New York, hundreds of cars began getting stuck on the Long Island Expressway on Friday afternoon at the beginning of the snowstorm and dozens of motorists remained disabled early Saturday as police worked to free them. …

At least four deaths were being blamed on the storm, three in Canada and one in New York. In southern Ontario, an 80-year-old woman collapsed while shoveling her driveway and two men were killed in car crashes. In New York, a 74-year-old man died after being struck by a car in Poughkeepsie; the driver said she lost control in the snowy conditions, police said.

It’s a good weekend to stay indoors and watch a movie, read a book, or catch up on Hot Air posts.  Be safe.

Meanwhile, CBS asks a question that’s probably on a lot of minds in that region today:

The winter smackdown the Northeast is getting today raises a perennial question for companies facing major weather events: Should employees be allowed to work from home or leave early, or should they tough it out and report to work as usual?

It depends on the job, and the region.  In my former career, shutting down the center was not an option, as we needed to monitor burglary and fire alarms 24/7.  However, Minnesota also has a lot of infrastructure to keep roads open and power running — we have to, in this part of the country, in order to survive.  In almost ten years, I was only tempted to get hotel rooms near the office for key personnel on two or three occasions.  It turned out to be unnecessary all three times, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t plan for it.

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Heres NOAA’s GOES 13 Satellite Imagery
when both Storm systems merged!

canopfor on February 9, 2013 at 9:24 PM

@CNBCnow tweeted:
Airlines have cancelled 5,368 flights this week due to Winter Storm Nemo in the Northeast. (Source: FlightAware)

20 mins ago from by editor

Heres Flight Radar.Radar Tracking of AirLines:

Flightradar24 shows live air traffic from around the world. The primary technology we use to receive flight information is called automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B). The ADS-B technology itself is best explained by the image to the right.

canopfor on February 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Well, at least you can’t blame the snow on global warming unless your idea of warming is cooling.

Dollayo on February 10, 2013 at 7:58 AM

We’re sitting out here in the rural areas laughing our azzes off at all the moaning, and hand wringing over getting some snow for a couple of days when we’ve had snow on the ground for 3 months. Every time a storm rolls in and everyone loses power for a week, they sit around in the dark cursing the power company. Why not have the power company spend a little money and effort on burying the lines. Buy some XC skies or snow shoes for the times you need short haul transportation. Prepare yourselves instead of waiting for the govt to show up.

Kissmygrits on February 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM

To us in Connecticut the naming of winter storms has been going on for decades. In Connecticut this blizzard is named Charlotte. The Weather Channel just started naming them and it’s confusing the hell out of the low info people.

Manchester, CT 33 plus inches, yup that’s us. I’ve been shoveling for 2 freakin days. Never lost power though.

Apparently the plowing company for my condo development had their huge back hoes and bucket loaders confiscated for by state cause they needed them and they weren’t returned until today, Sunday afternoon. So we got out and did our driveway and deck on Saturday and then Sunday went out and did our elderly neighbor and 2 other ladies. Just when we were closing the garage door and going inside the freakin cavalry shows up with all the equipment.

Can’t tell you how p*ssed I was. I’ll be sore for weeks.

jaimo on February 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Manchester, CT 33 plus inches, yup that’s us. I’ve been shoveling for 2 freakin days. Never lost power though.

jaimo on February 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Here in MA I lost power from Friday at about 4pm and got it back on Sunday at about 3pm. My snow blower broke down so my son and I had to shovel all 450 feet of our driveway. Two full days not counting the three hours we spent on Sunday trying to find another snow shovel because we broke one. At least I was smart enough to park a car at the end of the driveway so that we could get out with only a little shoveling if we had to. Our wood stove, solar panels and a camp stove got us through the power outage.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM

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