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Central Park turns white as winter storm Orlena brings heavy snow to the city

Nature News: Major snowstorm battered New York, Northeast

By Hints Of Life

Winter storm Orlena pummeled Northeast on Monday, dumping 20 inches of snow in some places. The storm had New York City covered in more than a foot of snow by Monday evening. Central Park alone received over 13 inches, its highest single-storm amount in five years.

The streets of the city looked serene and calm as most New Yorkers are working remotely in the Pandemic since a year. At the same time, one did see essential workers braving the massive winter storm with wind gusting furiously in unpredictable patterns making it hard to tell if the snow is dumping down, blowing upward or hitting the ground and then bouncing back up toward the sky. Making travel in the city hazardous and discouraged unless extremely essential.

For many children in the city, the day went as planned: They logged into their online classrooms for remote lessons. Though the city’s public schools closed for in-person learning on Monday and Tuesday, only about 20 percent of the system’s 1.1 million students have been attending class in person, and they will join their classmates online, reports New York Times.

A street in Manhattan covered in layers of snow as the storm continues into Tuesday

As the storm persists into Tuesday, here’s the lates update

  • More than 13 inches of snow has fallen in New York City, the biggest winter storm in five years. Residents are being urged to stay in their homes, and the city is under a state of emergency as it faces what could be a top-10-heaviest snowfall.
  • In parts of northern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, amounts have climbed as high as 20 to 25 inches, and several more inches are possible.
  • The snow is snarling travel, shutting down public transportation and halting many coronavirus vaccination efforts. Hundreds of flights have been canceled. Travel in New York City was expected to be “difficult to near impossible” through Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported.
  • The sprawling coastal storm is delivering heavy snowfall from the Great Smoky Mountains to Maine.

(Source: Washington Post)

The Bethesda Fountain a magical winter wonderland in snow at Central Park, New York | Photo credit: secret_nyc IG

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