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Historic Blizzard - Jan. 22-24 2016

U.S. Mid-Atlantic - Washington D.C. to New York City
The Blizzard of January 2016 will go down in history as a record breaking event. The winter storm prompted multiple states across the Mid-Atlantic United States to declare a state of emergency. Six states observed snowfall in excess of 30 in (76 cm), with accumulations peaking at 66 in (170 cm) on Mount Mitchell, North Carolina. The storm took aim at the most densely populated part of the U.S. including New York, Washington D.C. Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Total economic losses are estimated between $500 million and $3 billion. The storm ranked as a Category 4, "crippling", storm on the Regional Snowfall Index for the Northeast and Southeast regions.
 
I teamed up with Tim Millar and Mark Robinson to document this event. We started in Baltimore, then travelled through D.C. and up to New Jersey and eventually New York City.

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Flight cancellations soon after we landed in Baltimore. There were a LOT more than this! More than 10,100 flights were canceled.
After picking us up in Baltimore, Tim, Mark and I drive into Washington D.C. where the road conditions were already starting to deteriorate rapidly.
Looking at the wind profile of the storm. It was impressive, almost looking like a hurricane.

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Looking straight up at the Washington Monument. The winds were swirling around the monument, creating whirls of snow.
The Washington monument on the evening of Jan. 22nd. The bulk of the snow has yet to fall at this point.
The White House, now even more white!

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We only got stopped by the Secret Service once. They were interested in why a Jeep, bristling with antennas & weather instruments was stopped one block from the White House. They were cool.
A dramatic satellite image of the storm as it really started to intensify.
Getting the shot, for The Weather Network.

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Travel wasn't as bad as I had feared, due to people staying off the roads and plow crews working through the night. This was the scene when we finally got to Neptune, New Jersey.
Another wind profile. Now the storm is at its peak intensity, and it REALLY started looking like a hurricane!
A travel ban was imposed for New York City, effectively shutting the entire city down, to non-emergency travel. Once the ban was lifted, we drove to Manhattan. The snow amounts were staggering.

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One World Trade Centre. The streets were plowed, but there were few places to put it all.
Countless cars buried in the snow. The plows making the situation worse for those parked on the street.
Finding street parking in Manhattan is difficult enough!

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I imagine that until the snow melts, New York has probably lost half of its available parking spaces. Perhaps more.
This was the scene throughout all of New York City.
I don't think this car or scooter are going anywhere soon.

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Some of our reports and footage made it onto CNN.
The blizzard team, wrapping things up at the end of the storm. All flights were still canceled, so Mark and I had to take the train home.

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