The first round of a two-part storm dropped snow across the northeastern U.S. Forecasters said the New York and Boston areas may be digging out eight inches or more of snow by tomorrow’s morning commute. Almost 1,500 flights in the Northeast were grounded as of 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino issued emergency declarations urging people to stay off the roads. The snow which tapered off after 1:00 p.m. in New York, was part of the first wave of a larger storm, stated John Murray, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York. New York may receive eight inches and Boston as many as twelve before it ends, the agency said. The eastern U.S. has been recovering from a storm that dumped nineteen inches of snow in New York City and parts of New Jersey.
Warmer temperatures eased the clean up in Washington D.C. Schools in D.C., New York and in Canada’s Maritime provinces were closed. Travellers were stranded and 300,000 homes lost power around the capital. As the storm moved north-east, the Maritime provinces on Thursday braced for as much as thirty centimeters of snow in certain places.
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