March 5th, 2009 12:59 EST
Cold Front Sweeps Across Eastern Seaboard
Just as folks on the East Coast began digging out of the torrential blizzard Tuesday that hit just the day before, a cold movement struck all along the Atlantic states today. The storm yesterday dumped up to sixteen inches in the Northeast as well as forcing local schools and businesses to close as far south as Georgia. The unusually potent snowstorm affected Southern states all the way up to Maine.
The tri-state area around New York City felt the greater impact of the blustery front, including the Big Apple. Temperatures in the big city dropped to digits in the teens, and factoring in wind chill, seemed to fall to zero. New Jersey experienced single digit temperatures with wind chills at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit. In East Hartford, Connecticut early Tuesday morning, the frigid conditions caused a 62-year-old man to lose his life after he crashed into the backend of a snowplow truck. Subsequently, the accident led to traffic being gridlocked for 9 miles.
Weather in Philadelphia and the rest of eastern P.A. echoed much of the storm`s effects, as the thermometer dipped into the low 20`s and into the teens while the wind chills approached zero degrees.
As an outcome of the blizzard conditions on Monday, many school districts in New Jersey cancelled classes. Tuesday saw many of the same districts calling a legal snow day " on the grounds of the bitterly freezing weather.
Monday was New Jersey`s deadline for candidates running for seats on the state`s school boards to register. Since most schools were closed, many candidates couldn`t submit their papers on time. New Jersey governor, Jon S. Corzine announced that the deadline for candidates to file their papers would be postponed until today.
A large number of small cities and towns across the East Coast have experienced power outages that lasted well into Tuesday while others may still be without power until the end of the week. Those communities without electricity were forced to shut down schools, recreation centers, and other public institutions for a second day in a row.
Duke Energy, a utility provider based out of North Carolina, said that approximately 40,000 of its customers in North and South Carolina are still without power. The company also said that customers shouldn`t expect their electricity to be restored until Wednesday night.
Dominion Virginia Power claimed 20,000 of its subscribers are currently in the dark, with 14,000 of those in and around Richmond, V.A.Georgia hasn`t been spared by the snowstorm`s aftereffects either. 14,000 utility customers in northeastern Georgia have seen black outs and as many as seven school districts near Augusta were disabled by the power failures. Though power was slated to be back on by yesterday afternoon, some Georgians still sit in the dark.