Orlando temps in low 70s while folks in Northeast US digging out from 1-2 feet of snow

Snow blankets Philadelphia Thursday / Headline SurferVermont dog ready for winter / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / It was white-out conditions in Lincoln, RI, as shown in the photo above. At left, there were few cars on the road in Philadelphia on Thursday, which looked like a winter wonderland. A family dog is outfitted for the snow in Saint Johnsbury, Vt. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- While temperatures are expected to reach 72 degrees here today in the City Beautiful, folks in the Northeast will find themselves digging out from the biggest snowstorm of the winter so far with a foot of snow blanketing parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, and upwards of 2 feet of snow in New England.

Ormond Beach's Tony Grippa, an insurance executive in New York City on business, said of the storm Thursday evening, "Blizzard hits NYC. Italian food is in order." And why not, considering the winter conditions outside?

Hundreds of flights were cancelled Thursday and there were power outages across the region that left millions without electricity much of the day. 

Tony Grippa / Headline SurferOrmond Beach's Tony Grippa, an insurance excutive in New York City on business, said of the storm Thursday evening, "Blizzard hits NYC. Italian food is in order." And why not, considering the winter conditions outside?

Hundreds of flights were cancelled Thursday and there were power outages across the region that left millions without electricity much of the day. 

The system responsible for dropping nearly 2 feet of snow over parts of New England tracked across the Midwest on Wednesday and slowly strengthened as it moved over Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey on Wednesday night and well into Thursday.  

The weather quickly deteriorated in cities such as New York City and Boston by the Thursday morning commute as the system continued to strengthen, eventually turning into a powerful blizzard, according to the Associated Press. Snowfall rates exceeded 2 inches an hour, making travel almost impossible for a time, the AP added.

There has been at least one storm-related death: A man fell down stairs while shoveling in Manhattan.

Orlando weather beautiful / Headline SurferOrlando weather from the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida, is expected to be picture perfect with sunny skies and temperatures today in the lows 70s; and warming up to 80 on Saturday.
 
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Daytona Beach, 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. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL where he's pursuing an MA in New Media/Journalism (degree in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, 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 Daily News, 2007-'08; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-'04; and cops & courts for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-'96.