Daily Archives: February 8, 2013

9:00pm. A tree at MacArthur elementary School in Binghamton NY, is bearing the weight of snow from a major winter storm system that is hitting the North East today. We have about 5 inches here but, places like New York City are reporting 15 to 18 inches of snow and  Massachusetts expected to get the most snowfall, with an accumulation of up to 3 feet in some spots at this time. While the storm is massive, it is also beautiful!  I decided to go out for a short walk and take some pictures. I took about 165 images in all and I will post a gallery of some of them later. I also included some news from NBC News below. ******************************************************************************************************************** By Erin McClam and Kari Huus, NBC News A powerful winter storm swept into New England Friday, with gusting winds and heavy snow causing power failures, dozens of accidents and shortages at gas stations, as forecasters warned that the worst was yet to come. The winter storm gathered strength as two weather systems — a so-called clipper pattern sweeping across the Midwest and a band of rain from the South — converged over the Northeast early Friday. By late Friday, the storm had arrived in earnest and was expected to pummel New England through Saturday and last as long as Sunday farther north. Governors of New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island declared a state of emergency. More than 800 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York to provide roadway support, emergency transportation and back-up for first responders, the Department of Defense said Friday evening, while governors in the region warned people to get home and be prepared to be socked in without power. Airlines canceled more than 3,000 flights on Friday, Boston closed its subway, Amtrak suspended some service, and cities across the Northeast prepared to deploy an armada of snowplows and salt-spreading trucks. For people in the blizzard’s path, forecasters and authorities had a clear message: Stay home.