For goodness sakes, people, it's only snow. This is what the native New Englander -- you know, the character that would fit nicely into any Stephen King novel -- is probably saying right now to all us alarmists about the post-Christmas blizzard that ripped through New England yesterday. Or, rather, to rephrase as a New Englander would say it: Ayuh, we gawt some snow. You folks from away are getting wicked bahthered over nothing again.
My imaginary character is right, you know. The soft city folk and transplants love some good apocalypse talk any time the clouds threaten to spit out some white fluff. It's the big news story of the day along the East Coast. And people especially love to boast about which town got hit "the worst" after the fact, which, now that all the big action is over, is what all the weather watchers are abuzz about right now.
The Blizzard of 2010 definitely set some snowfall records. As the storm continues to pound New England farther north, far away from us snow wussies, we in the Tri-State Area can at least relish in our snowfall honors while we have them. By all accounts, these will still hold true today and tomorrow, as the brunt of the storm seemed to center around New Jersey.
Here's who's leading the pack ...
Elizabeth, New Jersey earned the top total of 31.8 inches of snow, enough to envelope most 5-year-olds. Congrats! This total sets records for that county, but it also forced a state of emergency that pretty much shut down everything.
Other pretty impressive numbers across the area include 20 inches in Central Park and 24 inches in Brooklyn. The Long Island Railroad halted service because the third rail was covered in ice. All the major airports are closed and hundreds of tired and hungry passengers were stranded -- it's unclear when they will reopen -- and mass transit is a mess.
Fairfield County, Connecticut got between 11 and 16 inches of snow, and counties northward got even less as the storm headed northeast. Massachusetts ranged from 4 to 17 inches.
According to the National Weather Service, even though the storm is moving slowly away, rising atmospheric pressure will continue to cause strong winds, gusting past 40 mph at times in open areas. Windy conditions will continue in eastern areas of the mid-Atlantic into the first part of tonight and across New England into Tuesday evening.
At least the storm was well timed. Most people were on vacation anyway with no real need to venture out. If only it were better snowman making snow ...
Are you a snow scaredy cat?