Snowplow drivers and other workers in New England are struggling to get ahead of the Blizzard Nemo. Thousands of workers are working around the clock, but reports show worsening road conditions.
Nemo is in the path for tens of millions of people and has already caused the cancellation for thousands of flights.
Snowfall in the area has cancelled trips in the Northeast corridor for Amtrak travelers, and nearly 6,000 Massachusetts National Guardsmen were activated to help deliver essential supplies to residents.
Residents began salting city roads on Thursday. Snow removal participants have included residents, municipal workers, and private contractors hired to deal with Nemo’s effects.
Some areas are expected to pass the two feet of snow mark between Friday and Saturday morning. In some cases, forecasters believe the storm may be the worst in recorded history.
Speaking about the blizzard’s true nature, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick warned residents:
“I want to be clear — 2 or 3 feet of snow in this period of time is a profoundly different type storm than we’ve had to deal with.”
States of emergency have already been declared by New England and New York’s governors. In both areas, only emergency vehicles are allowed on roadways. Violating the roadway ban can cost travelers $500 and up to one year in jail.
Along with New England and New York, blizzard Nemo warnings have been issued in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island. Storm watches have been issued in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey
With wind gusts reaching upwards of 50 miles in some areas, authorities warn that visibility can easily fall below a quarter of a mile.
You can find emergency phone numbers and Twitter accounts here.