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Nemo Snow Totals: Snowfall Totals Reduced, But Damage Still Done

Travelers Today       By    Antranig Dereyan

Updated: Feb 09, 2013 10:14 AM EST

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A pedestrian walks into wind-driven snow in Boston
A winter snow storm in the northeast led to the cancellation of an additional 1,400 flight cancellations on Wednesday.(Photo : reuters)

The Northeast got hammered by snowstorm Nemo overnight with many towns recording amounts in the 10-20 inch range, while Boston received 24 inches,regions of Long Island, NY, getting 30 inches and Milford, CT, getting about 40 inches, the largest total of the event. 

To prepare for Nemo, Gov. Cuomo of New York declared a state of emergency, giving the city and other New York municipalities the flexibility to deal with what threatened to be a storm of historic magnitude," according to New York Post.

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The governor's warning was seconded by Mayor Bloomberg.

"Stay off the city streets," Bloomberg advised at a news conference yesterday afternoon. "Stay out of your cars. "We've got to prepare for the worst case. We're ready for anything," according to New York Post.

In Connecticut, Gov. Malloy "ordered all roads closed Saturday until further notice due to a storm that buried much of the state under 2 feet of snow, making travel nearly impossible even for emergency responders who found themselves stuck on highways," according to Associated Press.

He urged people to stay put in their houses unless they have a "real" emergency," according to News8.

In the shoreline community of Fairfield, First Selectman Michael Tetreau said emergency vehicles got stuck in the snow all night. The roads were in such bad condition that police and firefighters could not come in to work, so the overnight shift was staying on duty," reported Associated Press.

"It's a real challenge out there," Tetreau said. "The roads are not passable at this point. We are asking everyone to stay home and stay safe," stated Associated Press.

In New Jersey, where the north had snow, but the central and southern parts were dealing with freezing rain, Gov. Chris Christie reduced the speed limit on all major highways.

"The speed limit has been reduced to 35 mpr on the Turnpike--Gov. Christie wants everyone to be safe while driving," reported CBS News.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said, "this is a storm of major proportions. Stay off the roads. Stay home."

The storm closed down airports across the northeast, stranding passengers without notice as to when service would resume.

Even the U.S. Postal Service stopped operations and when the U.S. Postal service, a company whose motto is "no sleet, no snow, no rain, no storm will keep us from delivering you mail," shuts down, it is a big-deal storm.

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