Snow continues to fall on the Northeast U.S., with Covid vaccines in tow

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A snowman is seen on a wall in Instances Sq. in New York Metropolis, December 16, 2020 as Storm Gail hits the East coast.

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Snow continued to fall Thursday throughout a key interval within the coronavirus pandemic, days after the beginning of the U.S. vaccination marketing campaign and within the thick of a virus surge that has throngs of individuals looking for assessments each day.

Snow fell from northern Virginia to elements of New England on Wednesday. It carried on north into the night, sustaining a storm that was poised to drop as a lot as 2 toes (0.6 metres) of snow in some locations by Thursday.

Officers mentioned they did not count on the winter blast to disrupt vaccine distribution, which started Monday for frontline health-care staff.

U.S. Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar mentioned Wednesday that the federal government is monitoring the vaccine shipments exactly, has staffers already in place to obtain them and believes the businesses transporting them can navigate the storm.

“That is FedEx, that is UPS specific delivery. They know how one can cope with snow and unhealthy climate. However we’re on it and following it,” he advised Fox Information Channel’s “Fox & Associates.”

The necessity for vaccines prompted New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to exempt vaccine supply vans from a storm-related prohibition on industrial visitors on some highways. The state was anticipating greater than two dozen vaccine deliveries within the subsequent day or two.

The Nationwide Climate Service mentioned Wednesday that the storm was “set to carry an overabundance of hazards from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast,” together with freezing rain and ice within the mid-Atlantic, heavy snow within the New York Metropolis space and southern New England, robust winds and coastal flooding, and presumably even extreme thunderstorms and a few tornadoes in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The heaviest snowfall was anticipated in central Pennsylvania, the place forecasters within the state capital of Harrisburg mentioned a six-decade-old file for a December snowfall may doubtlessly be damaged. The Nationwide Climate Service reported that elements of Centre County had been hit with as a lot as 13 inches (33 centimeters) of snow by Wednesday evening.

A crash within the state killed two folks and concerned dozens of automobiles on a significant freeway Wednesday afternoon, police mentioned, whereas issuing a reminder to solely journey if “completely crucial.”