A huge weather system, described as amoeba-like by The New York Times, sprawled across the East Coast over the past few days, wreaking havoc on travelers and commuters, and leaving skiers and snowboarders wreathed in smiles.
The bad: parts of the South experienced icing and power outages; flights up and down the East Coast were disrupted; blizzard conditions prevailed with heavy snow and sustained high winds, and school was canceled, although not in New York City.
The good, at least for snow sports enthusiasts: 1-to-2-feet of snow fell over the duration of the storm.
"Those lucky enough to be at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia are reveling in the nearly foot-and-a-half of snow that has fallen since late Tuesday (Jan. 11)," said Laura Parquette. "Since Dec. 1, Snowshoe has seen nearly 90 inches of natural snowfall-the resort averages 180" annually-and more snow is expected on Thursday."
"Snow began falling during the evening hours on Tuesday, and the resort awakened to 11 inches of new snow on Wednesday morning. By mid-afternoon Wednesday an additional 6 inches had fallen. The National Weather Service is predicting snow to continue in the Snowshoe area through Thursday, with as much as another foot of snow expected to fall," Parquette said.
The storm moved across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, dropping varying amounts of snow, and other frozen precipitation, along the way.
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York got hit - although schools in winter-weary Gotham did not close this time around.
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton, Mass., and [R2R93, Nashoba Valley] Westford, Mass. saw almost 2 feet of snow through Wednesday night, while Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass. and other Berkshire areas saw more than 2 feet of fresh snow from the storm.
Bruce McCloy of Mount Sunapee in Newbury, N.H., said more than 18 inches had fallen by Wednesday evening, with more coming down overnight into today, Thursday, Jan. 13.