Early season snowstorm clears the US

An early snowstorm leaves a trail of devastation in its tracks, with at least eight people killed.

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    This weekend’s unseasonable snowstorm is now in the process of clearing the northeastern US and the Canadian Maritimes, but not before leaving a trail of devastation in its tracks.

    Thousands of travellers suffered long delays on the roads, rail and air networks. At least eight people are known to have died in snow-related accidents.

    Icy roads will continue to cause problems for the next two days with overnight lows dipping close to freezing across New England on Monday and Tuesday night.

    More than three million homes are without power from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. Some residents are expected to be without power for several days to come.

    Jaffrey in New Hampshire saw the heaviest of the snow with 80cm recorded. However, Massachusetts was one of the hardest-hit places. Some parts had more than 68cm of snow accompanied by violent winds. Nantucket in the west of the state recorded a wind speed of 111km/h.

    Little wonder that there was widespread disruption, especially when you consider the wetness of the snow, which created a sticky and heavy mess on the power lines and leaf-laden trees, bringing many down in the process.

    The state of Connecticut experienced the largest number of power outages in its history. It is possible that some people there could be without power for over a week.

    With time, temperatures will slowly recover as we go through the week, allowing the snow to gradually melt and clear.

    The next bout of wintry weather is already showing its hand, but it should remain confined to the Rockies and the North Plains, at least for the time being.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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