In unprecedented scenes of late, America has taken a full weekend battering of snow, strong winds and now even flooding.
Up to 4 foot of snow has engulfed the entire East Coast with hundreds of accidents reported and at least 7 people dead.
Forecasters were predicting that the storm could be one of the worst in New York City history and they were right.
A travel ban and mass transit shutdown prompted all flights in and out of the city to be cancelled.
At an evening news conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the snow was accumulating at between one and three inches per hour, calling the storm “intense with already 20 inches fallen” in just two hours.
“It’s packing a lot of punch,” de Blasio said of the storm.
“This is a very big deal,” the mayor said.
The storm had tens of millions of residents from northern Georgia to New York hunkered down to wait out a mammoth storm that made travel treacherous and could dump 4 feet or more of snow in some areas.
More than 500 cars, trucks and buses that got stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Friday night were stuck until late Saturday evening. It’s said to be along the lines of hurricane Sandy 4 years ago.