First Major Snowstorm Of 2014 in Philadelphia

A winter storm has blanketed parts of Canada and the north-eastern US, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, with up to 2ft (61cm) of snow.

VOA News reported: “Residents in the northeastern United States are digging out their homes and vehicles after the first major snowstorm of 2014 created havoc in the region. Officials say at least 11 deaths are blamed on the storm which swept across much of the nation’s eastern half”.

“A massive pile of salt used to clear icy roads has fallen on a worker at a suburban Philadelphia storage facility, crushing and killing him”, according to the media. Rescue crews were dispatched but couldn’t save him.

The storm forced the cancellation of thousands of flights in New York,New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Wind chill temperatures across a wide swath of the northeast have plummeted to around minus 20 degrees Celsius, prompting the National Weather Service to warn of the risk of hypothermia and frostbite. The temperatures are cold enough to cause frostbite in 30 minutes or less, officials said.

Authorities warned residents to remain indoors, both for their own safety and to keep roads clear for snow removal.

“A massive effort was underway today to clear all of the snow out of Lincoln Financial Field in time for Saturday night’s Eagles playoff game, – CBS News reported.- With temperatures in the teens and a cold, biting wind, 400 contracted workers from American Winter Services and local unions were shoveling snow from the seats at the Linc”.

“We check the people when they come in and we also supply them with a winter hat, winter gloves, hand warmers, foot warmers, and any PPE equipment also,” explains Jason Miller, the Eagles’ VP of facility operations, to CBS News, “They started at 7:30 a.m. and expected to finish by midnight tonight”.

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