More than 1,400 flights in the United States were canceled after the northeast of the country was hit by a severe winter blizzard. Several US states have declared states of an emergency in a response to a storm that began Saturday, forming in the Atlantic Ocean off the shore of Carolinas. 53,000 homes without power.
A ground blizzard is a weather condition where snow is not falling but loose snow on the ground is lifted and blown by strong winds. Blizzards, can have an immense size and usually stretch to hundreds or thousands of kilometres. La Guardia Airport , and John F. Kennedy International Airport, experienced more than 200 flight cancellations as of Sunday morning. A powerful winter storm on Saturday brought more than 60cm of snow in some areas with strong winds, leaving parts of Rhode Island and other states without access to roads.
Snowstorm crisis in US
The situations so far
The heaviest-hit parts of New York, and Massachusetts received two feet (61 centimeters) of snow. More than 95,000 homes in Massachusetts reported without power. Cold weather stretched as far south as Florida, as plunging temperatures temporarily paralyzed the large blizzards.
The National Weather Service considers a storm a blizzard. Snowfall or blowing snow, as well as winds, of at least 56 km/h. Reduce visibility to a quarter-mile (about 0.4 kilometres) or less, for at least three hours.