Winter storm moves north, dumping snow along its way

AP – Parts of northern New England were waiting their turn to be pummelled by a heavy winter storm yesterday, while residents of the New York City region were digging out from under piles of snow that shut down public transport, cancelled flights and closed coronavirus vaccination sites.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said a foot or more could be on the ground in New England by the time the snow finally tapers off in the northernmost states by today.

The storm already disrupted the second phase of Massachusetts’ vaccine rollout as a Boston site that was supposed to open on Monday for residents ages 75 and older did not; some other mass vaccination sites remained open.

The state was expected to get 12 to 18 inches of heavy, wet snow and wind up to 55mph along the coast, according to Governor Charlie Baker.

In Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont said the storm forced the postponement of about 10,000 shots and delayed the state’s weekly resupply of vaccine, expected yesterday. He urged providers that called off vaccination appointments to extend their hours if needed to reschedule the shots by the end of the week.

Along with vaccination delays, the lumbering storm caused other problems all along the eastern United States (US) on Monday.

More than 13 inches of snow dropped on Manhattan’s Central Park, and as much as 16 inches was reported in northern New Jersey.

In Virginia, four firefighters were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not life threatening after their firetruck overturned on Sunday on snow-covered roads in Henrico County, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

In Pennsylvania, authorities said a 67-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who reportedly wandered away from her home was found dead of hypothermia on an Allentown street on Monday morning.

About 60 miles north in Plains Township, a shooting after an argument over snow removal killed a married couple, and the suspect was later found dead at his nearby home of a wound believed to have been self-inflicted, officials in Luzerne County said.

A bicycle food delivery worker rides through Manhattan’s Soho neighbourhood. PHOTO: AP