Blizzard of 2015: Busy cities turn to ghost towns

  • Children sled in Central Park, Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Children enjoying a snow day off of school in Central Park on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Children enjoying a snow day off of school in Central Park on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Children sled in Central Park, Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Parents and kids play in the snow in Central Park, Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Boys enjoying play in Central Park after the Blizzard Juno on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • A couple help each other down slippery snow covered steps in Manhattan’s Central Park on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Central Park covered in a blanket of snow following the blizzard Juno on Jan 27, 2015.
  • Two dogs play in the snow on 5th Ave and 70th St in Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Jan. 27, 2105.
  • Furniture under a tarp in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • A man clears snow from the sidewalk in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • A car is buried under a blanket of snow in the West Village of Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • People clear the sidewalk in front of the Village Community School on West 10th Street in the West Village, Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Snow plows clear the streets of the Meatpacking district of Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • The entrance to the Path train on Christopher Street in the West Village shuttered during the transportation ban in the early morning of Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Workers before sun rise clear the sidewalk north of Houston Street in Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015. 
  • Early morning car park north of Houston Street in Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Houston Street in Manhattan early morning on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Early morning north of Houston Street in Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Heavy winds blow snow off of buildings on 7th Ave in Manhattan on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • A taxi dispatcher on 7th Ave near Penn Station as commuters try to get home before the approaching storm on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Commuters at Penn Station, New York rush to get home before the transportation ban goes into effect at 11:00pm on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • An empty produce shelf at Whole Foods in Chelsea, Manhattan on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Snow in Midtown Manhattan on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • The empty streets of Midtown Manhattan on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • The deserted parking lot on the roof of Port Authority, New York on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Outside of Port Authority in Midtown Manhattan on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Salt on the street in the Financial District, Manhattan on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Snowy steps at a subway station in Manhattan on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • A view of midtown Manhattan from the observation deck of Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Plaza as the storm approaches on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • The empty observation deck of Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Plaza as the storm approaches on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Commuters on the subway in New York before the MTA shut down service in New York on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • A man carries his toboggan from his home in the West Village, New York on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Salt storage on the West Side Highway in the West Village, New York on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Light traffic on the West Side Highway as commuters try to get home in advance of the approaching storm on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Snow plow on the West Side Highway in the West Village, New York on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • A car dusted with snow in Manhattan on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Snow in the West Village, New York on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Workers take a break from salting the sidewalks on Pier 11 in Wall Street, New York on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • A lone commuter on the East River ferry in New York on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • A view of the Williamsburg Bridge on the East River as the storm approaches on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Construction workers under a tent in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Jan. 26. 2015.
  • A construction site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn halted by the approaching blizzard, Jan. 26, 2015.
  • The Empire State building seen through the snow at a construction site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Jan. 26, 2015.

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Almost 30 million people along the East Coast woke up Tuesday morning to states of emergencies and travel bans, and thousands are in the dark without power in Massachusetts. Up to four inches of snow an hour fell in parts of the Northeast in the early morning, as the blizzard brought typically bustling cities to an eerie standstill.

Residents in New England expected up to three feet of snow to fall by late Tuesday, and experienced almost white-out conditions overnight into the morning. People in New York and Philadelphia didn’t fare as badly overnight as meteorologists expected. The accumulation in the city reportedly was 8 to 12 inches of snow. The city is now in a winter storm warning, lifted from a previous blizzard warning that took effect on Monday.

But the worst of the storm isn’t over yet. Massachusetts and Rhode Island were expected to endure the brunt of the storm. Meteorologists still expect as many as 26 inches of snow to fall in Boston, and 24 inches in Portland, Maine.
Thomas Prior is a photographer based in New York.
 

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