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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Tue, 12/28/2010 - 9:19am.
Sometimes we throw around the term "snowed in" a little loosely, just as something to say when we are staying home from work or school due to bad weather. But some folks in the Northeast literally are still "snowed in" with nowhere to go after the Blizzard of 2010 is leaving them stranded in their homes.
Some of the hardest hit areas were the coastal counties of New Jersey (sorry, no "Jersey Shore" jokes here) as well as New York's Long Island. Some of my friends and family have been documenting their experience throughout the storm and some of the pictures are just too impressive not to pass along to you. I'll start with some from Ocean Township in central New Jersey courtesy of my friend Dan.
This is the view of a neighborhood street well after the snow has stopped. If you look closely, you can see that the snow is near the tops of some of the mailboxes, and has engulfed several cars on the road. Of course, the snow is so high that you can't distinguish where the front lawns end and the road begins.
Unlike many snows in coastal areas of the Northeast (and here in North Carolina), this snow was more dry and powedery as opposed to a wet heavy snow. That, combined with winds gusting nearly to hurricane strength at times made for intense blowing snow that created drifts that resemble sand dunes in the Sahara. Care to shovel these front steps above??
This picture of cars literally stuck in place just reinforces how much snow is on the ground, and how much drifting is taking place with all the wind. In the driveway, a serious shoveling job is in order - but is fruitless until the road is cleared out (as of Tuesday morning, still now plows on the roadway). That's "snowed in"!
The next are some pictures my Aunt took from Valley Stream, New York on Long Island. This area also got pounded by heavy snow, but really recorded the most impressive wind gusts during the storm - up to 70 mph at times.
Here you can see there's actually snow plows coming down the street in this set of pictures! This is during the storm as a plow is fighting the driving winds and blinding snow. You can see if you look closely in the lights that it's "snowing sideways" as people call it. Of course it's never sideways, but it's at a steep angle compared to usual due to the wind.
You can see the aftermath here is impressive as well, although perhaps not as hopeless as my friend Dan in New Jersey who is trying to get back to his job in Virginia. At this rate, he'll be lucky to get out of his neighborhood!
Also, you absolutely have to check this out to see an evolution of the snowstorm. This video was taken over the course of 20 hours during New Jersey and has been condensed down into a 40 second time lapse. Simply put -- it's way cool.
I think during the holiday season people get all hyped up over snow and remember what they like about it. The winter postcards, the "White Christmas" type memories, snowballs, and snowmen. But all too often we forget that it typically comes with a large amount of danger, and a tremendous amount of inconvenience (to put it nicely!).
I don't think too many people in the big cities of the Northeast will be singing "Let it Snow!" anytime soon.
By: Tim Buckley