Snowstorm Is Followed by Bitter Cold in Northeast
A powerful winter storm that pushed through the New York region overnight left nearly a foot of snow in some areas on Friday, snarling traffic, slowing trains and buses, and prompting school to close. But by midmorning, the storm’s precipitation had largely dissipated, leaving on sidewalks and rooftops a thick coat of white snow that sparkled in the wan winter sun.
Weather dangers remain, officials said, resulting from bitterly cold temperatures and heavy winds. Gusts between 30 and 45 miles an hour blew in some areas, pushing newly plowed snow back into roadways. The wind was expected to drive windchill temperatures to as low as minus 20 degrees in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.
“The best thing that people can do, of course, is to stay safe, stay warm and stay indoors,” Bill de Blasio, New York City’s new mayor, said at a morning news conference. “I don’t want anyone to underestimate just how bitterly cold it, is and it will get colder.”