In Blizzard's Wake, 18 Dead, Up to 40 Inches of Snow

East Coast is busily digging out
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2016 8:28 AM CST
In Blizzard's Wake, 18 Dead, Up to 40 Inches of Snow
This image by space station commander Scott Kelly shows a view from the International Space Station of the storm.   (Scott Kelly/NASA via AP)

It's all over but the shoveling: The much-discussed blizzard that pummeled the East Coast on Friday and Saturday had mostly moved on by Sunday morning, leaving up to 40 inches of white stuff (congratulations, Glengary, W.Va., that's you), at least 18 storm-related deaths, and thousands of canceled flights in its wintry wake, reports NBC News. A look around the aftermath, also via NPR:

  • Fatalities included three shoveling-related deaths in New York City and two Long Islanders who were apparently using snow blowers. Six people died in North Carolina, and two in Kentucky, including a DOT worker killed in a snow plow accident.

  • New York City lifted its travel ban at 7am Sunday, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut all roads in the Big Apple and Long Island at 2:30pm Saturday. "We have made very good progress in cleaning the roads," Cuomo said. NYC saw the second-largest amount of snow since 1869; Central Park recorded 26.8 inches at midnight.
  • Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted an awesome photo of the storm from his vantage point aboard the International Space Station, reports the Houston Chronicle.
  • With some 7,000 canceled flights thus far, the AP reports that the travel snarl isn't going away instantaneously: Look for more canceled flights Monday at major East Coast airports.
  • The New York Times, by way of Reuters, has a time-lapse video of Times Square getting blanketed here.
  • Silver Spring, Md., got 20 inches and thundersnow.
(Read more severe weather stories.)

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