The News Minute | January 28, 2015 | 11:05 am IST
The snowstorm that started on Monday evening across the US northeast coast continued to ravage the region on Tuesday, with millions of people living in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and other metropolises in the area being affected.
The snowstorm continued to smack eastern Long Island in the state of New York, as well as states of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts on Tuesday noon, Xinhua reported.
According to US National Weather Service forecasters, the tough weather is expected to continue into early Wednesday morning in Boston and Massachusetts, which has already received about 50 cm of snowfall.
But meteorologists in the country apologised on Tuesday morning after the so-called "Storm of the Century" proved to be less destructive than predicted.
Blizzard warnings that called for up to about 91.44 cm, to fall in New York City led officials to close schools, cancel flights and institute a statewide travel ban. But the snowstorm did not pummel parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with the same punch that forecasters had predicted.
In New York City, only about 15.24 cm of snow fell at the famed Central Park by early Tuesday, far less than the record snowfall of 68.33 cm in 2006.
Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City's subway system resumed service after being closed for 10 hours, but officials urged people to stay off snow-covered roadways.
In Boston, the subways would remain closed for at least the rest of the day since there is still heavy snow piled in some places of the city.
Police reported that high tides breached a seawall in Marshfield, Massachusetts, about 50 km south of Boston. The police have urged residents of the area to evacuate before the next high tide, expected later Tuesday.
Outside Boston, the heaviest snowfall of more than 70 cm has recorded in Auburn and Framingham, also in Massachusetts, leaving a lot of homes and businesses without power.
In addition, more than 4,700 scheduled flights in the country were cancelled Tuesday, according to FlightAware.com, with more than 80 percent of the cancelled flights occurring at airports in Greater New York City Area, Philadelphia and Boston.