Nascent 2014 is already off to an incredibly snowy start for much of the Northeast and Midwest United States.
After a snow globe-like NHL Winter Classic in Ann Harbor on New Year’s Day, snow continued to sweep the East Coast yesterday evening, causing school closings, thousands of flight cancellations, and significant road issues by sunrise.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo both declared states of emergency Thursday. In the New York area, snowfall ranged from 6 inches in Central Park to 12.5 inches on parts of Long Island. O’Hare airport in Chicago has registered 10 inches of snowfall since the calendar turned. Just under 2 inches fell in Washington, D.C. overnight, enough, when combined with the frigid temperatures, to cause plenty of closings around the region.
While snow accumulations may have peaked for now, many cities till face freezing temperatures, a chill expected to linger through the weekend. Below, what 2014’s weather has looked like so far, from Detroit to D.C.
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