This weekend, while we’ve been treated with fairly clear weather in our neck of the woods, residents along the east coast of the United States have been pummelled by a huge winter storm. As Canadians, we’re all pretty used to dealing with big blizzards, but this one was pretty historic – apparently it’s the second-biggest storm to hit New York City EVER. States of emergency were declared in New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, D.C., and the New York City area.
It’s a pretty serious matter when you consider that a number of the affected areas don’t often get tons of snow throughout the year, let alone in one night. I joked yesterday on the air about how residents of Washington, D.C. had started abandoning their cars on the side of the highway after being stuck in traffic for hours… But it’s really no laughing matter. All in all, 17 people have died so far as a result of the storm. Many of them were involved in weather-related car accidents, but hypothermia was blamed for others, as well as cardiac arrest as a result of shovelling.
A quick look at Reddit will show you a whole bunch of photos of the snow in people’s backyards. Here’s a couple examples:
I like the bananas included for scale. There’s another one that uses a banana for scale:
Just to get an idea of how much snow fell and how fast, here’s a timelapse of a backyard in Virginia.
Apparently multiple people saw this as the perfect opportunity to go snowboarding behind a vehicle… Here’s one that somebody snapped a photo of:
But in New York City, a travel ban was imposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo while the storm was at its height. Basically this meant that only emergency vehicles were to be using the roads in Manhattan, on the Long Island Expressway, and other roads in the area. If you were caught out there driving? You’d be arrested. What better time to go out with a whole bunch of cameras and snowboard through the streets of Manhattan?
Sometimes you just gotta break the rules in the name of fun.