JFK, Roads Closed, Northeast Paralyzed After Up To 20 Inches Of Snow Drop; Wind Chill Hits -40; 100 Milllion Affected

Tyler Durden's picture

Snow and cold weather... in the Northeast... in January. Surely, such an unprecedented development in the New Normal should predictably justify explaining away at least a 1% miss of Q1 GDP (which when inventory destocking is factored in, will likely come in negative). Still, 20 inches of snow dropping in one night is somewhat abnormal, especially when one adds a blast of cold air to accompany them, and explains why even the area major airport hubs - JFK in New York and Logan in Boston - are all closed currently, while key NYC transportation hubs, I-84 and the LIE, closed at midnight and won't open until 8 am.

From NBC:

A massive winter storm dumped 20 inches of snow on parts of New England and looked set to cripple much of the Midwest and Northeast on Friday as millions faced dangerously cold temperatures. Sub-zero wind chills have arrived with the storm, and the biting wind and blowing snow have shut down interstates and airports alike.


John F. Kennedy Airport in New York is officially closed, and Boston's Logan International is effectively shutdown, as well.


Interstate 84 in New York and the Long Island Expressway, closed at midnight as the storm roared in, will remain so until 8 a.m.


Snowfall reports varied widely, with New York City receiving 7 inches, Baltimore some 3 to 6 inches, Philadelphia roughly 5 inches, Hartford 6 to 10 inches and Boston as much as 14 inches.


Some 20 inches have already fallen on other parts of Massachusetts, according to The Weather Channel lead meteorologist Michael Palmer. Boxford, Mass., northwest of Boston, reported 21 inches.


Winter weather and wind-chill advisories were in effect in at least 22 states, stretching from Chicago through the New York tri-state region into New England and affecting an area home to more than 100 million people.


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The soundbites are coming in fast and furious:

"It's going to be brutal," Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore said. "People that are vulnerable are really going to be hurting."


The high temperature in New York City will be in the teens on Friday during the day and drop to between 5 and 8 degrees in the evening, with the wind chill making it feel well below zero.


"This is nothing to be trifled with," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "We have learned too well over the past few years the power of Mother Nature. We have seen the damage that has been done."


Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick dismissed all state workers at 3 p.m. on Thursday, and urged residents to minimize time outside and be aware of frostbite and hypothermia symptoms. "That is a very, very dangerous set of circumstances," he said.

There's the snow, and then there's the cold...

Temperatures from upstate New York to Maine were below zero, and wind chills — the "feels like" effect — were minus-30 in some spots. Across the Northeast, residents were fretting about the blast of bitter cold.


“I think I’m more concerned about the terrible cold Friday night rather than the storm itself," David Ball of Scituate, Mass., which was facing coastal flooding, told NBC affiliate WHDH. "Hopefully the power stays on."


The weather was affecting air travel, with some 1,350 flights being cancelled Friday on top of more than 2,000 on Thursday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.


Chicago will struggle to get above minus 8 and by Monday morning the wind will make it feel like it's 40 below zero there. In Green Bay, Wis., where the Packers host an NFL playoff game Sunday evening, the low temperature could reach minus 18.


"Even Atlanta's northern suburbs could be in single digits by Monday night," Moore said.


Larry Wittmers, a hypothermia expert at the University of Minnesota-Duluth medical school, said it's not necessarily the coldest areas that face the most peril.


"True hypothermia cases turn up more often in more southern regions because people are not prepared and don't know what to do," Wittmers said.

... And when adding the two, bad things happen:

And even though record snowfall is not expected, the cold could make
roads even more hazardous because the snow-melting salt that homeowners
and road crews use loses effectiveness at between 10 and 20 degrees.


give plows time to work and guard against vehicles getting stranded,
New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and closed
several major roads, including the Nassau and Suffolk county sections of
the Long Island Expressway from midnight to 5 a.m. New Jersey also
declared a state of emergency.


"As this winter storm unfolds,
bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I
strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel and
stay indoors," Cuomo said.

In other words: one of those truly rare events - a real winter storm. In January. And in other news, just once we would like to see the inclement weather blame the weak economy for a change...

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ndotken's picture

Global warming bitchez

ACP's picture

A socialist elected to Mayor?

Ha! When HELL freezes over!



Ah, uh, ahem...

Muddy1's picture

After years of blaming Bush for all of our problems, can we now blame Al Gore?  To blame Obama would be racist.

GetZeeGold's picture



Please remember the global warming expedition trapped in the ice.....please don't forget them.


When they are freed.....they'll get to work manufacturing the bogus data.

Headbanger's picture

They were air lifted out yesterday or day before dude.

Anybody wanna go claim their abandoned ship ??

GetZeeGold's picture



They're true believers.......it's gotta warm up soon.....it's just gotta!

HobbyFarmer's picture

I have a calf due to be born Monday...the high (outside of the wind chill factor) is going to be 15 below zero.  I'll be out there to assist as needed.

Good luck to everybody else!

Ghordius's picture

as far as I know it was mostly tourists (the "global warming expedition" label is mostly a cheap - and humourous - snipe), they were airlifted by a Chinese helicopter and the operational crew is still on board

Frostfan1's picture

I read a main climate change guy was there with other researchers needing to convince themselves that global warming is real.

Element's picture

Reminds me of that Copenhagen AGW global summit a couple of years back ... which got snowed-in by a major blizzard. Hate it when it does that. lol ... So then then wised-up (well, not really) and switched to Cancun Mexico, and just after Cat 5 Hurricane 'Wilma' had hit it ... ah ... that was so much more like it ... a catastrophe!  lol


They can't win, Earth is going to keep raining on their parade.

Antifaschistische's picture

Hey bro's up in the NE.   We are with you....it was a freaking 38 degrees in Houston this morning!!!   Thank God for seat heaters!!

defender1be's picture

No, no, no, no, its climate chance now.

Azannoth's picture

"climate chance" ? as in flip a coin heads for cold tails for warm :)

GetZeeGold's picture



Just institute a global tax......we'll figure it out later.

Cattender's picture

Dude you need to READ A BOOK!

GetZeeGold's picture



Watch out for this guy......I know him.......and he's a real trouble maker.

Ghordius's picture

reading too much IMF? taxes and sovereign debt are two sides of the same coin. if I would plan a global tax, I'd ask first for global bonds

the same template which was pushed (and luckily failed) by some in regard to Euro-Bonds

the rest is just the usual propaganda used to keep deposits in legal environments which are understood better. after reading some comments on the last articles... let's say I still fail to see the logic applied there

RSloane's picture

Its not the snowfall, its the extreme cold in this era of 'global warming'.

GetZeeGold's picture



RSloane's programming seems to be breaking down.

NoDebt's picture

Yeah, but it's a DRY cold.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

boy just cause some snow and cold temps hit NE USA and well most of northern USA and canada and south polar areas - you guys make fun of the terrible global warming that dooms us all..you guys look at real data and never see the adjusted data that makes AGW so real so close so very bad for the polar bears and birds and fish and stuff..


Herd Redirection Committee's picture

".you guys look at real data and never see the adjusted data"

You got to pull out the /s tags here on ZH.  Not eveyone has their sarc detectors working when operating below optimal caffeine levels.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

herd a repost to our ZH AGW troll, Flack but you may enjoy, ala todays little disturbance in the force of AGW:

To all the AGW is fixed science: predictions from year 2000 and earlier:

"1. Within a few years "children just aren't going to know what snow is." Snowfall will be "a very rare and exciting event." Dr. David Viner, senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, interviewed by the UK Independent, March 20, 2000.

When it didn't get cold the CRU changed their minds. Now they are saying that the horribly cold/snowy winters are caused by Global Warming

2. "[By] 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots…[By 1996] The Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers." Michael Oppenheimer, published in "Dead Heat," St. Martin's Press, 1990.

Actually if there are crop failures it is because of the cold and bad weather. And as far as the drought NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows that precipitation -- rain and snow -- has increased slightly over the century.

3. "Arctic specialist Bernt Balchen says a general warming trend over the North Pole is melting the polar ice cap and may produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean by the year 2000." Christian Science Monitor, June 8, 1972. In 2008 Dr. David Barber of Manitoba University said "We're actually projecting this year that the North Pole may be free of ice for the first time," (ignoring the many earlier times the Pole has been ice free).

Actually Arctic Ice, is thicker and temperatures are not rising.

Oleander's picture

Thankfully it is so dry.  It will make clearing the 10 inches of snow off my driveway much easier.

Heavy wet snow is much worse. That causes heart attacks and power outages.

Stoploss's picture

NYC is the poster child for weakness.

So, what's this one gonna cost, lemme guess, about 70B for the "Super Snow Storm"

Muddy1's picture

U make a good point.  Why all of the fuss over a possible 7 inches of snow in NYC.  They should be prepared for this type of weather.  Meanwhile, victims of hurricane Sandy still wait on federal money to rebuild.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

NYC is the poster child for doomer redemption fantasy.  That said, its also the poster child for staying home ona friday that most workers took offanyway to leverage holiday vacations.

Frostfan1's picture

People are in.  Just not as many.   The coffee carts weren't though since they probably come from Queens or Brooklyn and they had the hardest stuff at 3am so not in.

superflex's picture

Wake me up when the Hudson freezes over.

This isn't anything compared to 1977.

Things that go bump's picture

Really, this happens most years and most years they act like its a surprise. Its winter. We get blizzards in the north. We're lucky today. We get enough warning to lay in supplies and plan for safety. You hunker down and then you dig out. With modern weather forecasting, they're just annoying, inconvient and expensive. A few people might die either from stupidity or bad luck, but fewer than in a flood or a big tornado, which are also annual occurrences. On November 11 in 1940, my mother was going home with her parents to the Twin Cities after visiting her grandparents in Cumberland, Wisconsin when they were caught unaware by the great Armistice Day Blizzard. A storm was expected late in the day, but the primitive forecasting tools available at the time did not allow weathermen to see the scope of the approaching disaster and their timing was off. The weather was lovely when they got into the car and left the farm. By early afternoon it was in the 60s, and it was only a trip of 75 miles, but the rain started around Lindstrom, and the temperature started to drop. The rain turned to ice, then the snow started falling and the wind rose while they were somewhere on old Highway 61 around Forest Lake, where there was nothing but miles of farmland and 25 miles still to travel. She remembers grandpa frequently stopping to clear the windshield, trying to see where the road was under the snow. She remembers the tension in the car and grandma telling her to be quiet because grandpa had to concentrate. They were scared. It was the only time in her life she heard her father curse. She remembers how long it took to cover that 25 miles. The storm was huge, cutting a 1000 mile swath over the midwest and dropping 16 to 27 inches by surprise. Many men and boys had taken off work and school to go duck hunting in the warm weather, and they were out by the water, many of them in their shirtsleeves. They were trapped and they died, 49 of them along the Mississippi in Minnesota alone. 

firstdivision's picture

Long John's, short people's driving skills.

FredFlintstone's picture

Bring on some global warming.

Cattender's picture

it's the New Normal Bitches..

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Looks like 2014 has roared in with a vengeance.

<Stay tuned because there's moar of everything coming.>

Stoploss's picture

Damn Billy, an im up early this morning.

Shit, beat me to it.

kralizec's picture

...not as good as a "blow"...

GetZeeGold's picture



Take that sign to New York city for the stock brokers hunting season....you'll bag your limit in minutes.

kralizec's picture

Heh...might bag a few central bankers when nobody is lookin' too!  ;)

Charles Nelson Reilly's picture

6" in southern Frederick Co. MD. Govt assholes are at home sleeping while I'm risking my life to get into to work so they can retire after 20 yrs on the job.

The wind is causing some serious snow drifts... Wishing today I didn't sell my 4wd truck a yr ago for a TDI jetta.

firstdivision's picture

She said to give her 9 inches and make it hurt, so I fucked her 3 times and punched her in the face. 


I'm loving this weather with my WRX and Blizzak's on.  Controlled sliding makes the commute more tolerable.


Sudden Debt's picture


It snows and I can't go to work...


Zero Point's picture

As someone who has only seen snow twice, that shit looks brutal.

Good luck over there guys, stay safe if possible.

Sudden Debt's picture

are you gonna cry now? Because I can get you some tissues if you want...

Zero Point's picture

I actually am crying, yeah.

I just went down on your mother and she hasn't douched since you were born.

Those tissues might come in handy, thanks man.

Sudden Debt's picture

You're into grany porn he ;)