The most shocking photos of the snowstorm that hits the US East Coast

A New York cab makes its way down 8th Avenue through a drift of snow

A “life-threatening” blizzard swept across the northeastern United States yesterday with heavy snowfall and winds bringing daily life to a standstill for some 70 million people.

People enjoy the snow in Central Park
People enjoy the snow in Central Park

Cities like New York and Boston were the hardest hit by the storm, which the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed had intensified into a “bomb cyclone,” characterized by rapid, sharp drops in atmospheric pressure.

A snowplow cleans a street during the Nor'easter snow storm in Brooklyn, New York
A snowplow cleans a street during the Nor’easter snow storm in Brooklyn, New York

Cities like New York and Boston were the hardest hit by the storm., which the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed has intensified into a “bomb cyclone”, characterized by rapid sharp drops in atmospheric pressurerk and Massachusettsreceived 24 inches of snow in the early afternoon, and more than 95,000 homes were without power in Massachusetts.

The NWS warned that winds could reach between 80 and 120 km/h. and of “almost impossible travel conditions” in the northeastern United States.

People sledding in the snow under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn
People sledding in the snow under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn

New York Mayor Eric Adams urged citizens to stay home, warning that “Mother Nature often does what she wants.”

The metro network works almost normally and, as usual in bad weather, it serves as a shelter for thousands of homeless people during the storm.

Salt machines and snow plows were at full throttle in New York, where Central Park was covered by 7.5 inches of snow and regional train lines were partially closed.

A boy takes the opportunity to use his sled in New York
A boy takes the opportunity to use his sled in New York

In Times Square, the heart of New York, the neon lights of the billboards faded.

New York and the neighboring state of New Jersey, in addition to Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, declared the emergency for all or part of those states.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul warned residents Saturday that “the most dangerous phase of the storm is now.” “Come home carefully tonight, stay home through the weekend, avoid any unnecessary travel,” the governor said in a statement, noting that especially heavy snow would be expected on Long Island, New York, and the lower Valley. Hudson.

The cold spread as far south as Florida, where the NWS warned of “scattered or isolated iguana falls from trees” as the drop in temperatures temporarily paralyzes these large lizards.

The Massachusetts State House is covered in snow in Boston
The Massachusetts State House is covered in snow in Boston

Residents of towns and cities up and down the East Coast were warned to avoid all unnecessary travel as additional snow falls heavier in New England.

On Long Island, officials reported that a woman was found dead in her car by a snowplow operator.

A person makes his way through snow during a storm in Manhattan, New York, on January 29, 2022.
A person makes his way through snow during a storm in Manhattan, New York, on January 29, 2022.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, stated that there had been “serious snowfall for most of Saturday,” and that there is still “pretty limited visibility.”

Cars drive along snow-covered Central Park West avenue after a powerful Nor'easter storm hit the region in New York City, the United States, on January 29, 2022.
Cars drive along snow-covered Central Park West avenue after a powerful Nor’easter storm hit the region in New York City, the United States, on January 29, 2022.

For its part, the Boston Public Works Department said 900 snowplows were hard at work on the city’s streets.

A worker removes snow in Times Square, New York, on January 29, 2022.
A worker removes snow in Times Square, New York, on January 29, 2022.

Snowplow driver Mark Burns of Boston’s South Shore said the snow had gotten heavy: “It was supposed to be light and fluffy, but now it’s a little wet.”

Women take a selfie in the snow in Times Square during the Nor'easter storm in Manhattan on January 29, 2022.
Women take a selfie in the snow in Times Square during the Nor’easter storm in Manhattan on January 29, 2022.

Some 3,500 flights, both internal and international, were canceled yesterday in the United States, according to flight tracker FlightAware. Some 1,000 flights that were due to take off on Sunday have also been suspended.

Cancellations on Friday totaled more than 1,450.

A man skis in Central Park this Saturday
A man skis in Central Park this Saturday

The storm follows a similar one that blanketed much of eastern North America from Georgia to Canada with snow two weeks ago, leaving many homes without power and disrupting thousands of air connections.

A goldendoodle plays in the snow in Central Park in New York City on January 29, 2022.
A goldendoodle plays in the snow in Central Park in New York City on January 29, 2022.
A person clears snow from stairs in Manhattan on January 29, 2022.
A person clears snow from stairs in Manhattan on January 29, 2022.
A person spreads salt on the sidewalk in the Theater District on January 29, 2022.
A person spreads salt on the sidewalk in the Theater District on January 29, 2022.

The regional meteorological service indicated that the storm would rapidly intensify over the next 24 hours, and that the pressure could drop sharply generating an event sometimes referred to as “bomb cyclone”

A person poses in front of a frozen fountain in Bryant Park in Manhattan on January 29, 2022.
A person poses in front of a frozen fountain in Bryant Park in Manhattan on January 29, 2022.

A bomb cyclone is a large, intense mid-latitude storm that has low pressure at its center, weather fronts, and an array of associated weather conditions, from blizzards to severe thunderstorms and precipitation. It becomes a pump when its central pressure drops very rapidly, at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. Two famous meteorologists, Fred Sanders and John Gyakum, named this pattern in a 1980 study..

A person crosses 42nd Street in Manhattan on January 29, 2022.
A person crosses 42nd Street in Manhattan on January 29, 2022.

When a cyclone “bombards”, or undergoes a bombogenesis, this indicates that it has access to the optimal ingredients to strengthen itself, such as high amounts of heat, humidity, and rising air. Most cyclones do not rapidly intensify in this way. Bomb cyclones put forecasters on high alert, because they can produce significant damaging impacts.

The Massachusetts State House in Boston is covered in snow on January 29, 2022.
The Massachusetts State House in Boston is covered in snow on January 29, 2022.

The US East Coast is one of the regions where bombogenesis is most common. That’s because storms in the mid-latitudes—a temperate zone north of the tropics that includes the entire continental US—get their energy from large temperature contrasts. Along the US East Coast in winter, there is a powerful natural thermal contrast between the cold land and the warm Gulf Stream.

Workers at the XV Beacon Hotel shovel snow in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 29, 2022.
Workers at the XV Beacon Hotel shovel snow in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 29, 2022.

Meteorologists predict that northeastern The US will be affected by the powerful storm all this Sunday. Forecast models predict a swath of snow from the North Carolina coast north to Maine.

A Boston resident walks his dog during the Nor'easter storm on January 29, 2022.
A Boston resident walks his dog during the Nor’easter storm on January 29, 2022.
A woman skis over the Brooklyn Bridge during the snow storm in New York, USA
A woman skis over the Brooklyn Bridge during the snow storm in New York, USA
The governments of the states of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency due to the snow storm
The governments of the states of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency due to the snow storm

With information from AFP and EFE

Photos: Reuters

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