The Latest on the US storm

2016-01-23 22:34
A general View of Times Square while snow falls in New York. (AFP)

A general View of Times Square while snow falls in New York. (AFP)

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Washington - After a week of forecasting how bad this blizzard would be and a night stuck in the Atlanta airport because of the weather, meteorologist Ryan Maue says he was out of words to properly describe how big and bad this storm is.

Meteorologists say that even with double-digit - and up to 60cm - snow accumulations, cities across the East can expect much more until it all ends late Saturday or early Sunday.

Maue, of the private WeatherBell Analytics, estimates that Washington will get another 25cm of snow and New York 35 or 50cm by noon.

He says 80 million people are affected, and a quarter of the US is suffering from snow.

And yet it could have been more. He says that's because the low pressure storm centre of the coast is elongated. Had it been more focused, there could have been even more snow and high wind.

He adds: "This is going to be one of those generational events, where your parents talk about how bad it was."

People all over the East Coast are dragging out yardsticks, if they can find them, to measure the snow as a major blizzard hits a huge swath of the country.

But private meteorologist Ryan Maue said on Saturday that in some cases, those 90cm measuring tools may not be enough. People might find more snow than that outside their doors.

Maue also says this storm may be the first true social media blizzard. As an example, video from the National Zoo in Washington of giant pandas playing in the snow went viral.

Authorities in Maryland say a man shovelling snow has died after an apparent heart attack as a blizzard dumps snow across much of the US, bringing the total number of deaths from the storm to at least 10 nationwide.

Flight tracking service FlightAware says more than 5 500 flights to, from or within the US have been cancelled this weekend due to the blizzard hitting the East Coast.

The bulk of Saturday's nearly 4 300 cancellations are at airports in the New York City and Washington areas. Another 1 200 flights were cancelled for Sunday. Those cancellations centre on Philadelphia, Washington and New York City. Airlines have essentially shut down all flights into those cities.

The airlines hope to be back to a full schedule by Sunday afternoon to handle the typical influx of business travellers heading out to start the work week.

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