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Powerful winter storm system brings snow, strong wind gusts to New England area

3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Thursday, December 17 2020 Dec 17, 2020 December 17, 2020 7:12 AM December 17, 2020 in News
Source: CNN

NEW YORK - Winter may not have officially started, but much of the U.S.'s New England area is being bombarded by a powerful winter storm system. 

According to CNN, heavy snowfall has caused deadly road conditions in northeast states such as Virginia and Pennsylvania.  

Virginia State Police reported the death of a 19-year-old named Brannagan K. Locklear who was involved in a Pulaski area collision after his vehicle ran off the side of the highway, struck an embankment, and overturned.

A similar tragedy unfolded on a Pennsylvania roadway that was covered in snow, when two people were killed and multiple others were injured. Local officials say the multi-vehicle crash involved 30 to 60 vehicles on Interstate 80 in Clinton County.

According to CNN, parts of central Pennsylvania were blanketed with well over a foot of snow, with the highest amount reported in Wellsboro at a whopping 18.8 inches. 

In New York City's Central Park, there were more than six inches of snow and sleet early Thursday morning, and the storm halted transportation systems across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

While NJ Transit said some bus and rail services would remain suspended Thursday morning, the New York City Ferry also informed the public of a delayed start Thursday, saying it would not operate during morning rush hours "while crews work to ensure rider safety on landings."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, likewise, announced all school buildings would be closed Thursday and in-person learning was canceled.

"I know we all grew up with the excitement of snow days, but this year is different," he wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "Tomorrow will be a FULL REMOTE learning day for our students."

In addition to excessive snowfall, locations from Delaware to New Jersey were also impacted by strong wind gusts, of about 55 to 65 mph, that caused minor damage, CNN reports.

According to The Associated Press, U.S. health officials say they don't expect the winter storm to disrupt vaccine distribution to impacted areas.

Shipments of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine began making their way to the northeast states on Monday.

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