After snow storm hype, New York returns to normal

2015-01-28 07:15

Life in New York City returned to normal – more or less – after a storm expected to dump record amounts of snow on the city laid down only a moderate snow blanket.

The city that never sleeps felt rather sluggish yesterday as life began to return to normal after a storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow delivered a more modest 15 to 25 centimetres.

The city, where officials feared the worst, had been shut down on Monday night with all transportation systems suspended and cars banned from the roads. Following warnings of severe weather, government offices and schools were ordered to remain closed yesterday.

However, roads were opened and mass transit services were restored yesterday morning as the city awoke to a manageable amount of snow blanketing the streets.

McKenzie Hayes (22) and Josh McKie (25) were having a snowball fight in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park yesterday.

“I was expecting something really serious, like not being able to leave the house for possibly a day, maybe losing power,” Hayes said.

“I was so disappointed, I wanted loads and loads of snow.”

Officials were forced to admit the forecast for New York City was off.

“The storm in general was less destructive than predicted,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

With several businesses closed and subways running on weekend schedules, yesterday felt more like a sleepy holiday than the aftermath of a large snow storm.

The biggest beneficiaries were perhaps children and dogs who got to enjoy a day in the park with just the right amount of snow for frolicking, sledding or building a snowman.

New York City’s Central Park was bustling with children dressed in brightly coloured snowsuits sledding from small hills and throwing snowballs.

Roads in Manhattan were slushy Tuesday morning with mostly taxis and buses driving at low speeds. However, as the sun came out later in the day, more and more cars could be seen on the roads as life returned to normal.

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