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Snowstorm causes significant delays up and down East coast

by Jorge Hernandez on December 27, 2010

The first substantial snowstorm of the season blasted the Northeast from Sunday afternoon into Monday, dumping over a foot of snow and disrupting transportation up and down the eastern seaboard.

Among the hardest hit areas was New York City, where Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Rail Road and New Jersey Transit were all suspended as of Monday morning. There were around 20 inches in Central Park, while certain parts of New Jersey received more than 2 feet of snow, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Amtrak was forced to cancel all service between New York and Boston on Sunday. The regular schedule will commence when conditions improve.

The delays and cancellations came at an especially bad time due to the fact that the day after Christmas is typically considered to be one of the busiest travelling days of the year. More than 1,400 flights were cancelled between LaGuardia, Kennedy International and Newark airports.

"This is about as bad as it gets," meteorologist Tom Kines told Bloomberg. "There may have been storms that equaled this but it doesn’t get much worse than this. To get this much snow with the amount of wind that is accompanying it, that is devastating."

The strong winds also caused significant power outages. More than 30,000 individuals are without power in just Rhode Island and Massachusetts, according to the news source.

Although the much of the snowfall had dissipated by mid-morning on Monday, officials believe transportation may not be back to normal until Tuesday morning.

The storm also forced the NFL to reschedule the Philadelphia Eagles game against the Minnesota Vikings for Tuesday night due to concern for about public safety.

Experts say it is the biggest storm to hit the region since February 2006, and the high winds coupled with the substantial snowfall caused at least six states to declare a state of emergency.

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