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

YouTube 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."

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.

 
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.