Reporter: I am in boston at samuel hall this city was hit with more than a foot of snow from this storm leaving it a ghost town. Let me show you what 3,000 work crews have dealt with all day. Taking... See More
Reporter: I am in boston at samuel hall this city was hit with more than a foot of snow from this storm leaving it a ghost town. Let me show you what 3,000 work crews have dealt with all day. Taking all of that snow, and pushing it into mini mountains of snow like this one that I'm standing on. It turned out to be every bit as fierce as promised. A howling, shrieking winter snowstorm driven by winds that during the overnight peak clocked in at 55 miles per hour in some areas. Wcvb meteorologist danielle vollmer demonstrated its sheer power. Whoa! Reporter: In the hardest hit area, nearly two feet of snow fell. And in boston, 17.8 inches, new york city, 6.4 inches of snow. And philadelphia, nine inches. And snow as far south at washington d.C. I drove from virginia back to philly, and the roads were horrendous. Reporter: The famous long island expressway was shut down though not everyone heeded the announcement. In monmouth beach, new jersey, the problem wasn't snow but flooding, this mailman had to be rescued when the truck became stuck in icy waters. In massachusetts, the porch of a seaside home was bombarded by waves and then encased in ice. And in boston, this strange sight. An urban skier. By the time it subsided midday, winter's wrath had left millions and millions of tons of snow to be cleared. Some of it by plow. A whole lot of it the old fashioned way. Probably three feet underneath the steps here. Another three feet in the driveway. Reporter: For so many in this part of the country, the storm was at best an inconvenience. And at worst, a nightmare. But for these california individuals visiting maine it was picture perfect. One fortunate aspect of the storm, very few people lost power. Which would have been a terrible ordeal for many people with temperatures plunging below zero throughout the region. Diane. How does that happen? That so many power lines stayed intact? Reporter: Well, this storm occurred in temperatures that were so cold, that the snow that fell was light and fluffy. Unlike that blizzard almost a year ago, which was very heavy and wet. And that meant it did not bring down power lines, very fortunate for a lot of people tonight. Diane. From the snow bank in boston, thank you so much, ron claiborne.
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