Heavy snowfall and glacial temperatures shuts down much of United States

February 18, 2015 1:45 am

Heavy snowfall and glacial temperatures shut down much of the central
and eastern – including the government — in a new
bout of bad in this winter of bone-chilling discontent.

reports said four people died — three in Tennessee and one in Kansas
— amid treacherous driving conditions overnight, with blowing snow
hampering visibility and roads slippery from ice and slush.

 Wind and snow whip by Virginia Nolan of Scranton as makes her way to work through a snow squall. Photo / AP

Federal offices were shuttered in Washington, a city legendary for its panicky reaction whenever snow falls.
The
decision by the Office of Personnel Management — the federal agency
which makes the official ruling on shutting down the government when the
weather turns bad — was in line with hundreds of local and state
offices across a huge swath of the country.
Countless school
systems also declared today to be a snow holiday as a result of this
latest arctic blast, which followed a track from eastern Kansas through
Tennessee and West Virginia to the mid-Atlantic coast.

As many as 50 million people were in the path of the storm,
the brunt of which was borne by the US South, a region which usually
enjoys relatively temperate winters.
States of emergency were declared in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.
An
emergency was also declared in hard-hit Kentucky, where an unaccustomed
foot of snow blanketed much of the state, and where the temperature
early today was a frosty nine degrees Fahrenheit (minus one degree
Celsius).
The storm, which forecasters dubbed Octavia, also piled
fresh snow on mountains of slush and ice that have accumulated over
weeks in Boston, New York and other eastern cities.
February has
set a record as the snowiest month ever in Boston, with some 10 times
the snowfall it would get in a typical winter.
“No end appears in sight as to the brutal winter we have experienced,” the NWS wrote in its Boston forecast.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service warned that more miserable weather is lurking just around the corner.
“The
unusually cold weather is forecast to continue through much of the
upcoming week for the eastern US,” the NWS said in a bulletin early
Tuesday.
“Incredibly, another arctic front will arrive to the
East Coast by Wednesday night, and this will bring some truly frigid
conditions with it.”
February has set a record as the snowiest month ever in Boston, with 10 times the snowfall it would get in a typical winter.
Photos
of the blanketed city showed snowplows clearing roads and tow trucks
rescuing buried vehicles, while officials warned drivers to stay off the
roads.
City officials meanwhile temporarily closed the underground train system, making residents not only snowbound, but stir-crazy.
“No end appears in sight as to the brutal winter we have experienced,” the NWS wrote in its Boston forecast.
The
Flightaware air travel website, meanwhile, said that some 1,800 flights
across the United States were cancelled early today, largely as a
result of the bad weather, and another 4,400 were delayed.

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