If you live in the northeast, how much snow fell in your backyard during the Sunday-into-Monday (Dec. 26-27) snowstorm that blanketed cities along the coast?
Check out this video by Belmar, New Jersey, resident Michael Black, who documented the 2 feet of snow that piled up on his back porch in this time-lapse video below:
A New York Times article explained that while the storm snarled traditional modes of transportation, self-propelled humans enjoyed alternative methods for navigating the city. "Sledders, snowboarders, hikers and even a few skiers were soon out, cutting fresh trails along the marbled Hudson or in the wilderness of Central Park," the paper reported.
The storm appeared to hammer coastal communities with greater impact that the mountains of New England. Mike Wise, communications director of Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, told The REI Blog Monday that he estimated between 6" and 10" fell on the ski area overnight Sunday into Monday and that skiers were having no difficulty traveling to and from the resort. He said a few lifts were temporarily closed Monday due to high winds, but 80% of trails were open and conditions were "outstanding, just the way we like them."
For urban families that want to be prepared to make the most of future snow events, a recent post in The REI Blog featured toys with an outdoor touch, including sleds. Worth considering: the steerable Eurosled Snow Flipper, Ferrari of sleds and suitable for kids 4 to 12; the Rock 'n' Rip and Snow Spider, also from Eurosled; and the Lucky Burns Foam Saucer Sled. It's good to be well-equipped with fun stuff when overnight snowfall is measured in feet instead of inches.