A surprise blizzard lashed the New York metropolitan area and other parts of the northeast of the United States on Monday (2 February), disrupting air and road traffic.
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GV Traffic jam on snow-covered road
SV Police helping stranded motorist (2 shots)
GV People holding onto posts because of high roads and high winds
GV People having difficulty in moving about outdoors (6 shots)
GV Snow covered Chicago (2 shots)
SV People in Chicago street (4 shots)
JENKINS: Commuting by car to New York is real excitement - but this morning it was dangerous an din some cases impossible. By nine o'clock it stopped snowing in the New York area, but because of the below zero temperatures highways were iced from Pennsylvania to New England. In the streets icy highways and high winds made walking difficult too. People fell. People got up. People tired to walk. Walking did not always mean going forward. Getting across the streets was a triumph. New York's three airports were closed, as were many schools and the New York Stock Exchange opened more than an hour late. Up-state blizzard warnings were up. The midwest was also hit with snowstorms and stunning cold. It was then below zero in Chicago and thirty-eight below at International Falls, Minnesota, and in lots of Illinois it was twenty-two degrees below zero. Chicago was warmer, but for anyone strolling down-town today, it hardly mattered.
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Background: A surprise blizzard lashed the New York metropolitan area and other parts of the northeast of the United States on Monday (2 February), disrupting air and road traffic.
Temperatures fell by 36 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees centigrade) within an eight hour period, and wind gusts reached 60 mile san hour (96 kph) during the storm, which the National Weather service said was the worst to hit the New York area in years.
Winds smashed about a dozen huge plate-glass windows in a high-rise office building near the Madison Square Garden Sports Complex, forcing police to close an adjacent street. No-one was injured.
Walking too was a problem for the citizens of New York. Extremely strong winds coupled with icy roads made crossing from one side of a street to another something of an achievement, and many people fell of clung to street lamps to stay on their feet.
The midwest was also caught in the grip of a cold wave. Temperatures went down to ten degrees below zero Fahrenheit (-23 centigrade) in Chicago and 38 degrees below Fahrenheit (-38.8 centigrade) in International Falls, Minnesota.
SYNOPSIS: A surprise blizzard lashed the New York metropolitan area and other parts of the northeast of the United States on Monday. NBC reporter, Carole Jenkins, takes up the story ..