Blizzard for record books paralyzes New York and Washington

Three People Die While Shoveling Snow in New York City

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday, bringing Washington to a standstill and forcing the closure of roads, bridges and tunnels into New York until Sunday morning.

In all, there were at least 19 deaths in several states related to the storm. It ranked No. 3 in terms of snowfall accumulation in New York City history with at least 25.1 inches (63.7 cm), and was among Washington's biggest too, the National Weather Service said.

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Thirteen people were killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. One person died in Maryland and three in New York City while shoveling snow. Two died of hypothermia in Virginia, officials said.

After dumping nearly two feet (60 cm) of snow on the Washington area overnight, the storm unexpectedly gathered strength as it spun northward and headed into the New York metropolitan area, home to about 20 million people.

With the storm persisting through the night, accumulations of between 24 and 28 inches (60 to 71 cm) of snow were expected in New York City, northern New Jersey and western Long Island, with winds gusting to 45 mph (72 kph), the NWS said. Visibility was expected to be one-quarter of a mile (400 meters) or less.

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A massive winter storm system pummeled the eastern United States in late January 2016, with two low-pressure systems merging into a potent nor’easter that dropped heavy snow from Virginia to New England. By late afternoon on Jan. 23, snowfall totals were approaching records in several states, and hurricane-force winds were battering the coastlines and leading to serious flooding. The storm was expected to continue through the morning of Jan. 24.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the storm system at 2:15 a.m. EST on Jan. 23. It was composed through the use of the VIIRS “day-night band,” which detects faint light signals such as city lights, moonlight, airglow, and auroras. In the image, the clouds are lit from above by the nearly full Moon and from below by the lights of the heavily populated East Coast. The city lights are blurred in places by cloud cover.

(Photo via NASA)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: A woman walks in strong winds and heavy snow fall in Central Park on January 23, 2016 in New York City. A major Nor'easter is hitting much of the East Coast and parts of the South as forecasts warn of up to two feet of snow in some areas. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man use a skiing on a snow covered street in Manhattan in New York on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A pedestrian walks in the center of a snow-covered residential street in Washington, DC on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

January 22, 2016

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TOPSHOT - A man lays in a pile of snow in Times Square on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 23: Waves crash on the beach on January 23, 2016 in Cape May, New Jersey. A major snowstorm is upon the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive over a foot of snow. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Nuns from the Fraternite Notre-Dame in Chicago, Illinois are covered in newly fallen snow as they walk along Constitution Avenue while snow begins to accumulate January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive up to 1-2 feet of snow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Snow covers cars parked in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man pushing a snow plough during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in New York. / AFP / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks on snow covered Thomas Circle in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: A snowplow cleans up snow on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the U.S. Capitol January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A winter snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with prediction of up to 30 inches of snow for the DC area. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The White House is seen during a snowstorm in Washington January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People cross 15ht Street during a snowstorm in Washington January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Homeless covers from the snow in Central park on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks past a restaurant during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 22: Vehicles move along Interstate 40 as an overhead sign indicates 'Winter Weather Warning In Effect' during a winter storm on January 22, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas getting a possible one to two feet of snow. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency as 10 other state governors have done. He also announced a ban on all travel on New York City area roads and on Long Island, except for emergency vehicles, as of 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. All bridges and tunnels into the city from New Jersey were also closed and would be until the early hours of Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Subways running above ground and trains operated by the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North halted service at 4 p.m. because snow falling at a rate of 3 inches (8 cm) per hour proved too much for plows on roads and railways, Cuomo said.

The impact of the travel ban on the New York's financial services industry was seen as minimal over the weekend, and it was too soon to tell how much the heavy snow would affect Wall Street's reopening on Monday.

On Broadway, however, the impact was immediate. Theaters canceled Saturday matinee and evening performances at the urging of the mayor.


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A plow clears snow from a sidewalk as pedestrians pass by near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, as snow continues to fall on January 22, 2016. A monster blizzard threatening the US East Coast slammed into Washington on January 22, blanketing the nation's capital in snow as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter, warning the worst was yet to come. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Cars are covered in a blanket of snow in a residential street in the northwest of Washington, DC, as snow continues to fall on January 22, 2016. A monster blizzard threatening the US East Coast slammed into Washington on January 22, blanketing the nation's capital in snow as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter, warning the worst was yet to come. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman crosses K Street in Washington, DC, as snow continues to fall on January 22, 2016. A monster blizzard threatening the US East Coast slammed into Washington on January 22, blanketing the nation's capital in snow as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter, warning the worst was yet to come. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secret Service Agents stand guard outside the White House during a snowstorm in downtown Washington, DC on January 22, 2016. A monster blizzard threatening the US East Coast slammed into Washington on January 22, blanketing the nation's capital in snow as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter, warning the worst was yet to come. AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV / AFP / MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: An exhibit is covered by snow at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A winter snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with prediction of up to 30 inches of snow for the DC area. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
A woman walks through steam in a snow storm as she crosses the street in Washington, DC on January 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 21: The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore broadcasts news about the impending blizzard in Washington in front of Johnny's Half Shell near the U.S. Capitol at sunrise on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The DC area is bracing for blizzard conditions over the weekend. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 21: Architect of the Capitol crews clear snow from the East Plaza of the Capitol at sunrise on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, after a storm left about an inch of snow in the Washington area overnight. The DC area is bracing for blizzard conditions over the weekend. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: A pedestrian walks in the snow on Broadway at West 81st street on January 23, 2016 in New York City. A major Nor'easter is hitting much of the East Coast as forecasts warn of snow falling to well over a foot in some areas. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: A New York City police office of the 20th District use snow blowers to clean the sidewalks at West 81st street on January 23, 2016 in New York City. A major Nor'easter is hitting much of the East Coast as forecasts warn of snow falling to well over a foot in some areas. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
Nearly empty shelves are seen in a supermarket in Washington, DC, on January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Secret Service Uniformed Division stand guard in front of the White House under snowfall on January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: People walk through the snow on the sidewalks of West 81st street on January 23, 2016 in New York City. A major Nor'easter is hitting much of the East Coast as forecasts warn of snow falling to well over a foot in some areas. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Footprints in the snow lead to where commuters wait at a bus station at West 81st street on January 23, 2016 in New York City. A major Nor'easter is hitting much of the East Coast as forecasts warn of snow falling to well over a foot in some areas. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A walks in the street during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in New York. / AFP / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
Women walks on a snow covered street in Times Square on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A men pauses on a snow covered street in Times Square on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: A man takes advantage of an unplowed street to play with his dog in the Parkview neighborhood on January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Over a foot of snow has already fallen in the city in the past 24 hours, in what experts say could be a record-breaking storm. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: A phalanx of snow plows and city vehicles move north on Georgia Ave. in the Petworth neighborhood on January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Over a foot of snow has already fallen in the city in the past 24 hours, in what experts say could be a record-breaking storm. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
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An otherworldly quiet descended on the usually bustling city of 8.5 million, the most populous in the United States. Tourists and residents took to the streets of Manhattan, with many venturing into the white expanses of Central Park, some on skis. Others built snowmen or had good-natured snowball fights.

While authorities in New York and New Jersey halted public transportation, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority took the rare step of suspending operations through Sunday in the capital.

"The forecasts suggest that the snow will wrap up late tonight or in the very early hours of the morning," Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference. "But it doesn't make it any less dangerous. We expect continued high winds throughout the area which will continue to make the conditions and visibility very poor."

About 5,100 flights were canceled on Saturday and 2,800 more on Sunday, said FlightAware.com, the aviation data and tracking website.


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A woman walks through steam in a snow storm as she crosses the street in Washington, DC on January 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: The first measurable snowfall is seen around the White House January 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama had to motorcade back to the White House from Andrews Joint Base due to the wintery weather. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Ernestine Tyus puts the last item on her list, a snow shovel, into the back of her van after loading up on supplies ahead of a potentially historic winter storm, on January, 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Drivers confer outside of their cars after a collision on January 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. The region received a light snowfall ahead of the expected January 22, 2016 blizzard. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man uses a snow blower to clear the sidewalk of snow in Washington, DC on January 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman crosses the street as it snows in Washington, DC on January 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Hoyt Scott, left, rings up a few bags of snowmelt for customer Stephanie Lyon, right, in WS Jenks hardware store as citizens seek snow fighting supplies ahead of a potentially historic winter storm, on January, 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A driver is seen outside of his car after a collision on January 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. The region received a light snowfall ahead of the expected January 22, 2016 blizzard. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man bikes on a road through the snow in Washington, DC on January 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Sleigh riders hit the hill during a snow storm on the House side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 22, 2016. The storm is expected to bring up to two feet in the DC metro area by Sunday. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A man shovels snow off the roof of his porch during a snowstorm in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: A man uses a snow blower to clear a sidewalk as another spreads salt in front of the shuttered Georgia Ave.-Petworth metro station on January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Over a foot of snow has already fallen in the city in the past 24 hours, in what experts say could be a record-breaking storm. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: A Metro employee digs out his stuck snow plow near the Georgia Ave.-Petworth metro station on January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Over a foot of snow has already fallen in the city in the past 24 hours, in what experts say could be a record-breaking storm. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: Plastic flowers peek through falling snow in the Parkview neighborhood on January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Over a foot of snow has already fallen in the city in the past 24 hours, in what experts say could be a record-breaking storm. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
A statue is seen in front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, as snow continues to fall on January 22, 2016. A monster blizzard threatening the US East Coast slammed into Washington on January 22, blanketing the nation's capital in snow as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter, warning the worst was yet to come. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Garrett Finnell, left, his sister, Karalyn Finnell, left center, of Oklahoma City, OK and their cousin, Amanda Finnell, center, of Washington, DC work on building a snowman near the White House on Friday January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A large snow event was being predicted for Washington, DC area. (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Women walk on a snow-covered Connecticut Avenue, a normally busy throughfare, in Washington, DC on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
People cross a snow bank to get to the sidewalk on a residential street in Washington, DC on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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United Airlines said on Saturday that it would not operate at Washington-area airports on Saturday and Sunday, and would gradually resume service on Monday. The airline plans to start "very limited operations" on Sunday afternoon at its Newark, New Jersey, hub and other New York area airports.

The brunt of the blizzard reached the New York City area after battering Washington, where snow had piled up outside the White House and the city's famous monuments were frosted with snow.

"We haven't made snow angels yet, but we're looking forward to doing that in front of the White House," said Robert Bella Hernandez, 38. "We're just going to walk around, see some snow-covered D.C. landmarks. And then when it's unsafe, maybe go back in for a minute."

The record high of 28 inches (71.1 cm) of snow in Washington was set in 1922 and the biggest recent snowfall was 17.8 inches (45.2) in 2010.

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An approaching storm looms over the French riviera city of Nice, southeastern France, on June 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
A pedestrian walks with an umbrella as lightning strikes during an evening thunderstorm in Jammu on May 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RAKESH BAKSHI (Photo credit should read rakesh bakshi/AFP/Getty Images)
RIZHAO, CHINA - OCTOBER 18: (CHINA OUT) Dense fog envelops constructions on October 18, 2015 in Rizhao, Shandong Province of China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
CHONGQING, CHINA - JULY 17: (CHINA OUT) Citizens swim in water of Meixin Park in Yangren Jie (also known as Foreigner Street) in Nan'an District on July 17, 2015 in Chongqing, China. As high temperature came with summer, citizens in south China's Chongqing gathered at famed Meixin Park in Chongqing's Yangren Jie for swimming to escape hot weather. The park created by Meixin Group is a foreign-themed theme park and its 'famed' for a number of risque sculptures, such as a row of bronzed nude ladies facing the wall, urinals in the shape of nun' habits and wash basins fashioned as female figures bending over. It also has the dubious honour of having a record-breaking restroom with 1,000 toilets. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Indian people gather around a residential area that was flooded after heavy rains in Chennai on November 18, 2015. Large areas of the southern Indian city of Chennai have been flooded following days of heavy rain. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 23: The storm clouds in the area provided a colorful and appropriate backdrop as Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly, bottom left, exits the game after being removed by manager John Farrell in the top of the fourth inning. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Baltimore Orioles in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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YANTAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 26: (CHINA OUT) Heavy snow falls on the vehicles on November 26, 2015 in Yantai, Shandong Province of China. Snowstorm attacked Yantai on Thursday morning. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
People cool down under a sprinkler in a water park in Shanghai on August 5, 2015. Typhoon Soudelor is set to bring an end to the heatwave affecting the region over the weekend, according to local reports. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
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WENLING, CHINA - JULY 10: (CHINA OUT) Waves spirit as typhoon Chan-hom approaches on July 10, 2015 in Wenling, Zhejiang Province of China. News from Zhejiang Meteorologic Bureau that typhoon Chan-hom would land in Zhejiang Province Friday night and local government had started first emergency response to typhoon. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Sunflowers are pictured on July 17, 2015 in Wehlen, Germany. AFP PHOTO / DPA / ARNO BURGI +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read ARNO BURGI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian youths play in breaking waves on the seafront during high tide in Mumbai on June 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
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BHOPAL, INDIA - JUNE 22: Vehicles wade through water logged road at Jyoti Talkies Road after a heavy rainfall on June 22, 2015, in Bhopal, India. In first heavy shower of this season, the city recorded 85 mm of rain in just a span of 24 hours, which is the citys third highest 24-hour rainfall record in the last 10 years. (Photo by Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Lightning brightens the night sky over Washington, DC, during a rainstorm on April 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 30: A Chinese man wears a protective face mask as he passes by the CCTV building on a day of heavy pollution on November 30, 2015 in Beijing, China. China's capital and many cities in the northern part of the country recorded the worst smog of the year with air quality devices in some areas unable to read such high levels of pollutants. Levels of PM 2.5, considered the most hazardous, crossed 600 units in Beijing, nearly 25 times the acceptable standard set by the World Health Organization. The governments of more than 190 countries are meeting in Paris this week to set targets on reducing carbon emissions in an attempt to forge a new global agreement on climate change.(Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Aerial view of sailing boats that lay in the water of Lake Starnberg which water is covered with pollen near Starnberg, southern Germany, on May 8, 2015. (Photo credit should read PETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Ice floes are viewed along the Hudson River in Manhattan on a frigidly cold day February 20, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the East Coast and Western United States is experiencing unusually cold weather with temperatures in the teens and the wind chill factor making it feel well below zero. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
FAIRDALE, IL - APRIL 10: Crews search through the town for unaccounted people the morning after a tornado swept through the town on April 10, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, 11 people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: A surfer watches turbulent seas at Avoca Beach on the Cntral Coast on April 22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Three people have died and more than 200,000 are still without power as cyclonic winds and rains continue to lash the Sydney, Hunter Valley and Central Coast regions of New South Wales. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 03: A rainbow appears over the city on August 3, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Vehicles left stranded on a flooded Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas on May 26, 2015. Heavy rains throught Texas put the city of Houston under massive ammounts of water, closing roadways and trapping residents in their cars and buildings, according to local reports. Rainfall reached up to 11 inches(27.9cm) in some parts of the state, national forecasters reported, and the heavy rains quickly pooled over the state's already saturated soil. AFP PHOTO/AARON M. SPRECHER (Photo credit should read Aaron M. Sprecher/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: A person walks along a snow-covered Central Park on the Upper East Side on March 5, 2015 in New York City. Snow blanketed the city as temperatures plunged across the northeast U.S. during another winter storm. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A farm is covered in snow on the Fellhorn mountain near Oberstdorf, southern Germany, on February 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Clouds paint a graphic design in the sky over Ebersbach, southern Germany, on April 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 13: A man takes a picture with his mobile phone through heavy snow at the Dark Hedges on January 13, 2015 in Antrim, Northern Ireland. The Dark Hedges, named for it's unusual tree formation has become a recent tourist attraction after the setting was filmed as part of the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones which is filmed extensively in the province. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A tree is partially fog covered near Mintraching, southern Germany, on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / ARMIN WEIGEL GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read ARMIN WEIGEL/AFP/Getty Images)
A deer lays dead after a bushfire moved through the area near One Tree Hill in the Adelaide Hills on January 5, 2015. Firefighters raced January 5 to contain a major blaze before the forecast return of strong winds and a heatwave, following the loss of 26 homes in the worst bushfire conditions in South Australia for three decades. AFP PHOTO / BRENTON EDWARDS (Photo credit should read Brenton Edwards/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 15: White out conditions on Newbury Street as Blizzard Neptune descends. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PALANGKARAYA, CENTRAL KALIMANTAN, INDONESIA - NOVEMBER 01: A view of a land as peatland forest is cleared by burning for a palm oil plantation at a company's grounds on November 1, 2015 in the outskirts of Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The air pollution or haze has been an annual problem for the past 18 years in Indonesia. It's caused by the illegal burning of forest and peat fires on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo to clear new land for the production of pulp, paper and palm oil. Desperate civilians at the epicentre of Indonesia's haze crisis are taking the fight into their own hands, using whatever meagre resources they have to confront the fires ravaging their communities as they tire of waiting for the government to take action. This disaster has been exacerbated by this year's long dry season, triggered by the El Nino weather phenomenon. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SUMMERVILLE, SC - OCTOBER 07: Nelson Shields stands in his flooded home on October 7, 2015 in Summerville, South Carolina. The state of South Carolina experienced record rainfall amounts over the weekend and officials expect the damage from the flood waters to be in the billions of dollars. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - MAY 24: A road melt near Safdarjung Hospital after the Temperature rise to 45 degree Celsius during a hot weather as Delhi/NCR experienced yet another scorching day, on May 24, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The national capital sizzling today as heat wave-like conditions prevailed across the city with mercury hovering above 45.3 degree Celsius, making life tough for the Delhiites. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
A child cools off in a fountain in Milan on July 24, 2015 as a major heatwave spreads throughout Europe with temperatures hitting nearly 40 degrees Celsius. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
The lightning flashes over the statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
People look at waves in Saint-Malo, western France, on February 24, 2015. France kicked off nearly a month of exceptionally large spring tides on February 21, as tourists flocked to coastal areas to witness spectacularly high water levels ahead of the so-called 'tide of the century' March 21. Unlike last year, when large spring tides coincided with enormous ocean swells that battered beaches and cliffs with waves up to 10 metres high along the French coast, no significant flooding or loss of life has been reported thus far. Despite that auspicious start, however, nearly all localities along France's Atlantic coast remain on alert for possible flooding and storm waves -- and are expected to maintain a high vigilance level to the end of the current spring tide period. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
JILIN, CHINA - JANUARY 22: (CHINA OUT) Smog arrives at the banks of Songhua River due to the lowest temperature rises to minus 14 degrees celsius on January 22, 2015 in Jilin, Jilin province of China. The Air Quality Index in north China's Jilin province has risen to 260, indicating high pollution. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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HIGHER TIDES THAN DURING SANDY

High winds battered the entire East Coast, from North Carolina to New York, reaching 70 mph (112.5 km) in Wallops Island, Virginia, late on Friday, whipping up the tides and causing coastal flooding, said National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Gallina.

The snow also engulfed the Mid-Atlantic cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia while about 150,000 customers in North Carolina and 90,000 homes in New Jersey lost electricity in the storm on Saturday.

Tides higher than those caused by Superstorm Sandy three years ago pushed water onto roads along the Jersey Shore and Delaware coast and set records in Cape May, New Jersey, and Lewes, Delaware, said NWS meteorologist Patrick O'Hara.

Even so, there were only a few evacuations reported along the New Jersey Shore, where thousands of residents had to abandon their homes during the devastating 2012 storm.

The barrier islands near Atlantic City were experiencing significant tidal flooding, said Linda Gilmore, the county's public information officer.

The storm developed along the Gulf Coast, dropping snow over Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky on Friday. On the coast, warm, moist air from the Atlantic Ocean collided with cold air to form the massive winter system, meteorologists said.

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