Mid-Atlantic Snowstorm Shuts Down Travel

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on February 8, 2010

The snowstorm that blew through the mid-Atlantic east coast this weekend left many flights canceled and delayed, roads un-drivable and hundreds of thousands of people out of power, making for tough travel conditions. After a day of air traffic cancellations, things started to get back in order, but the power was still out.

The epic snowstorm dumped tons of powder all over the East Coast’s mid-Atlantic. Wilmington, Delaware had about 26.5 inches; Atlantic City, New Jersey got about 19.3 inches; Ridley Park in southern Pennsylvania reported 30 inches; and Philadelphia International Airport got 28.5 inches. The record snowfall occurred in Washington, covering the capital with 32.4 inches of snow in just 2 days. This breaks the record of 23.2 inches in January 1996.

On Saturday, hundreds of flights were canceled across the region’s airports. The snowstorm also caused the cancellation of Amtrak’s train services. While airports started opening back up on Sunday, Amtrak canceled even more services after downed power lines and trees fell onto parts of their tracks.

Plus over 300,000 people from Virginia to Pennsylvania had to do without electricity on Sunday morning, according to utility companies. The epic snowstorm took out power lines all over, while the build up of snow continued to cause power outages everywhere.

Furthermore, two people died on Friday due to the huge snowstorm. In Wythe County, Virginia, a father and son died in a car accident. However, this was only one of many road accidents police reported during the chaos. Aside from all that, the snowfall was so heavy that roofs were collapsing in on buildings.

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