Frigid weather hits life in US

January 23, 2014 - 7:30:01 am

A bicycle rider takes a tumble along 5th Avenue in New York yesterday. 

NEW YORK: The northeastern United States yesterday dug out from a storm that dumped more than 38cm of snow in some places with frigid, windy weather closing some schools and offices and delaying or cancelling thousands of flights.

Wind gusts over 48km per hour were forecast for parts of the Atlantic coast, with temperatures below minus 12 Celsius across much of the New York metropolitan area, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s brutal out here,” said Ian Chapin, 28, an appliance repairman pumping fuel into his work vehicle at a gas station outside Philadelphia as a stiff wind blew.

US airports reported more than 2,000 delayed or cancelled flights yesterday, with New York’s LaGuardia airport the hardest-hit, according to FlightAware.com.

Blizzard warnings were in effect until the afternoon, and snow continued to fall during the morning rush hour on the New York suburb of Long Island, where more than 33cm of snow already covered the ground.

The deepest snowfall from the coastal storm was 40.1cm recorded in Manalapan, New Jersey, not far from the Jersey Shore, according to the weather service.

The Philadelphia school system shut down, as did many suburban schools throughout New Jersey, Rhode Island and other states.

REUTERS

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