According to those on the ground, the snow has started to fall in New York City, where blizzards are expected to drop at least a foot of snow on Sunday. Wind and white stuff have grounded flights in the Northeast, including out of New York’s JFK and LaGuardia, in addition to neighboring Newark, and the delays will probably bleed on into Monday. Official emergency declarations put estimates between 11 and 16 inches, meaning Twitter is just getting started.
Last year, social media dubbed the biggest storm #snowpocalypse, and the name is already in use again this time around. Some contend that we need a new name, while man about the internet Anthony De Rosa (better known as Soup) has already recommended #snowmagedden, which has yet to pick up steam on Twitter, but seems perfectly serviceable. (UPDATE: The correct spelling should be #snowmageddon — that one’s doing a bit better!) Let’s roll with that one unless you can come up with something better in the comments.
In addition to the above hashtags — for the New Yorker who happens to be sunning in Florida on this holiday weekend — you can monitor the Fucked in Park Slope Twitter feed, which promises updates (with pictures!) throughout the storm.
(And yes, Netflix Instant it is because the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles game, scheduled for this afternoon in Philly, where 20 inches may come down, has been postponed.)
More weather-based fear-mongering from the New York Times:
The Northeast is expected to get the brunt of the storm. Forecasters issued a blizzard warning for New York City for Sunday and Monday, with a forecast of 11 to 16 inches of snow and strong winds that will reduce visibility to near zero at times. A blizzard warning was also in effect for Rhode Island and most of eastern Massachusetts including Boston, with forecasters predicting 15 to 20 inches of snow. A blizzard warning is issued when snow is accompanied by sustained winds or gusts over 35 mph.
So stay warm and stay safe. Updates to come if anything tragic (or funny!) happens.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 26, 2010