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East Coast Nor'easter: A Blizzard of Numbers

UPDATED 6:45 PM EST, February 10, 2010

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The two nor`easters that walloped the East Coast hit one of the highest population corridors of the U.S., affecting millions of peoples, closing down the federal government and costing local governments and utilities millions in clean-up costs.

Here is a look at some of the more unique and impressive stats generated by last weekend`s and today`s East Coast blizzard compiled from utilities, the National Weather Service, newswire service and WeatherBug Tracking Station Network.

Economic Costs:

Estimated Cost to the Economy will exceed $1 billion, leading insurer Munic Re estimates.

ABC News reports that the Office of Personnel Management, the agency that decides when to close the federal government, says each snow day costs taxpayers an estimated $100 million in work government employees don`t do. The federal government in Washington has been closed 4 days this week.

Almost every state, county and city jurisdiction has blown through snow removal budgets, tapping other emergency funds and reevaluating budgets to pay for snow removal costs. Several major jurisdictions are seeking federal assistance and presidential disaster declaration.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said for each inch of snow that fell, it costs the taxpayers $1-million.

New York City`s school system`s 1.1 million students enjoyed a snow day Wednesday; it was only the third time in six years that has happened.

Economists estimate that between 90,000 and 150,000 jobs could be lost in February, as the snow kept people home from work and stalled hiring during the month.

Power outages near the height of the storm around 3 p.m. EST Wednesday. Many of these numbers have decreased by Thursday morning.

  • Delaware: More than 15,000 customers without power.
  • Cecil County, Md.: More than a quarter of all households without power.
  • District of Columbia/Maryland Suburbs: 4,262 customers
  • Baltimore and suburbs: more than 10,000 customers
  • Southern New Jersey: 22,850 customers.
  • Northern Virginia: around 1,800 customers
  • North Carolina: about 48,700 customers
  • Historical Numbers:

    Wednesday`s snowfall has help set the all-time seasonal snowfall record for Washington, Washington Dulles airport, Baltimore-Washington International airport, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Del., Harrisburg, Pa., and Atlantic City, N.J. Other all-time seasonal records are likely to fall today.

    Select Snowfall Accumulations (10 a.m. EST Thursday):

    • Red House, Md.: 28.0 inches
    • East Nantmeal, Pa.: 26.8 inches
    • South Coventry, Pa.: 26.1 inches
    • Arendtsville, Pa.: 23 inches
    • Glyndon, Md.: 22 inches
    • Trappe, Pa.: 21.8 inches
    • New Freedom, Pa.: 20.5 inches
    • Eldersburg, Md.: 20.0 inches
    • Jefferson, Md.: 19.5 inches
    • Orrtanna, Pa.: 19.5 inches
    • Westfield, N.J.: 17.5 inches
    • Philadelphia: 17.0 inches
    • Hazleton, Pa.: 17.0 inches
    • Woodmere, N.Y.: 16.4 inches
    • Martinsburg, W.Va.: 16.0 inches
    • East Nantmeal, Pa.: 15.0 inches
    • Ballston, Va.: 12.1 inches
    • Cheltenham, Pa.: 12.0 inches
    • Washington, D.C.: 11 inches

    Additional blizzard numbers will be added as they come available.

    Check your WeatherBug for the latest on the winter storm threat, and keep it active to receive watches, warnings and advisories in your area. Get the latest updates anywhere on Twitter at WeatherBug WeatherBuzz.

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    Story Image: Snow drifts seen in Falmout, Pa. Submitted by WeatherBug user Janice Rullo.

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