New York City Recovers from Blizzard 2016
A state of emergency was declared in New York City yesterday, January 23rd, 2016 as the city and the East Coast of the United States got pummeled by Winter Storm Jonas. The storm also brought along hurricane strength winds of 50 to 60 miles per hour making visibility near zero during the height of the storm.
Winter Storm Jonas covers New York City in over 2 feet of Snow
Thousands of flights were downed and MTA bus and above-ground subway train service were shut down as well. All bridges and tunnels were also closed.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, also enforced a travel ban in New York City from Saturday afternoon till Sunday morning which prevented people from driving in the streets of NYC unless it was an emergency.
All Broadway shows for Saturday were canceled and restaurants and businesses closed their doors early to allow employees to reach home safe before the travel ban went into effect.
Blizzard of 2016 – Second Snowiest Storm on Record
The Blizzard of 2016 was one for the record books!! It missed the title of the snowiest storm ever by a mere 0.1 inch!!! The totals taken in Central Park are recorded as the snow total for the whole city. Winter Storm Jonas dumped 26.8 inches of snow in Central Park, but could not break the record of the Blizzard of February 2006 which is still the biggest ever snow storm to hit NYC.
Even though the official snow total of NYC is recorded as 26.8 inches in Central Park, there were other regions in the city that received more snow. For example, JFK Airport recorded 30.5 inches and Staten Island recorded 31.3 inches of snow from the blizzard!
Aftermath of Snowstorm 2016
Saturday’s Snow storm resulted in over 400 car crashes and a least five people have been reported dead as of now, most while shoveling snow, which puts a lot of strain on the heart.
Heavy flooding has also been reported in the neighboring state of New Jersey whose residents are still recovering from the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.