Northeast hammered with upwards of 2 feet of snow; Daytona unseasonably cold for Bike Week

Bike Week babe bares the colder temps in Daytona . Headline SurferChopper on Main Street, Daytona at Bike Week / Headline SurferYouTube downloads / AP videos / The video above. Storm batters the Bay State with snow, ice and strong waves along the shoreline areas. A young woman is shown jogging in white-out conditions in this screen shot from the video. Contrast the big storm with unseasonably chilly temperatures setting in Daytona for Bike Week with a high today barely above 60, still this bikini babe on Main Street in Daytona bears the nippy temps. So does this sleeveless macho biker on his custom chopper.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It's not exactly the kind of weather for motorcyclists here in the throes of Bike Week with temps dipping into the low 6-0s, but that's far better than the snow that has blanketed the Northeast with some states like Massachusetts buried in 20 inches with white-out conditions partly to blame for three deaths, including that of a 16-year-old New Hampshire girl whose car skidded off the roadway and slammed into a tree -- killing her.

 Thousands of flights since Monday have been cancelled and virtually every school from Ohio to New York, New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware were closed and expected to remain that way possibly for the rest of the week as folks dig out.

Craig Buth, a former Daytona cop, who rose to the rank of lieutenant before retiring on Dec. 31, 2011, was not letting the blizzard get him down in his winter wonderland outpost in Jaffrey, NH, where he has settled in and last year got engaged. 

"I'll take a blizzard over a hurricane any day! Love New Hampshire! !!!" Buth, 50, wrote on his Facebook page earlier this afternoon, to which one of his former cop buddies responded with sarcastic wit, "Ah yes, the Switzerland of America."

Retired Daytona PD cop Craig Buth happy in New Hampshire snowstorm / Headline SurferJaffrey, NH is where retired Daytona police Lt. Craig Buth calls home / Headline SurferCraig Buth, a former Daytona cop, who rose to the rank of lieutenant before retiring on Dec. 31, 2011, was not letting the blizzard get him down in his winter wonderland outpost in Jaffrey, NH, where he has settled in and last year got engaged. Jaffrey, a small town in southwestern New Hampshire is an hour and 45 minutes from Boston by car.

"I'll take a blizzard over a hurricane any day! Love New Hampshire! !!!" he wrote on his Facebook page earlier this afternoon, to which one of his former cop buddies responded from Central Florida with sarcastic wit, "Ah yes, the Switzerland of America."

The powerful nor'easter fell well short of the predicted snow totals in New York and Philadelphia, but unloaded 1 to 2 feet in many places inland, grounded more than 6,000 flights and knocked out power to nearly a quarter-million customers from Virginia northward, the Associated Press reported. 

By the time it reached Massachusetts, it had turned into a blizzard, with near hurricane-force wind gusting over 70 mph along the coast and waves crashing over the seawalls, according to the AP. Up to a foot of snow was expected in the Boston area.

Here is a synopsis of the winter storm as described by the AP:  The storm closed schools in cities big and small, Amtrak suspended service and the post office halted mail delivery.

Philadelphia and New York City got anywhere from a few inches of snow to around half a foot before the storm switched over mostly to sleet; forecasters had predicted a foot or more. In New Jersey, which saw rain or just a little snow in many areas, Gov. Chris Christie called the storm an "under performer." But officials warned of dangerous ice. Inland areas, meanwhile, got hit hard. Harrisburg, Pa, and Worcester, Mass., received a foot or more of snow. The Binghamton, NY, area got over 2 feet, while Vernon, NJ, had at least 19 inches.

In Narragansett, RI, high winds buckled a state-owned wind turbine. In New York City, two homes under construction collapsed near the waterfront in Far Rockaway. No injuries were reported.

And two ponies broke out of their stables and roamed the snowy streets of Staten Island until an off-duty police officer wrangled them with straps normally used to tow cars and tied them to a lamppost. They were taken back to the stables.

"We want to thank our cowboy officer," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters in a press conference.

Cold Bike Week in Daytona / Headline SurferThe National Weather Service in Melbourne calls for colder temperatures through Friday with daytime temps in the 50s and nighttime near freezing, not exactly Bike Week preferred. Here is the forecast through the weekend:

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 57. Wind chill values as low as 35 early. North northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 

Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 61. Wind chill values as low as 30 early. North wind 5 to 15 mph. 

Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 40. North wind 5 to 10 mph. 

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon. 

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 75. West southwest wind around 5 mph. 

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West wind around 10 mph. 

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 70. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.