Up to a foot of snow fell in New England coastal areas Saturday and the mercury plunged to record cold levels in Florida.
Strong winds were still buffeting the New England shoreline as late as Saturday morning, and gusts of up to 52 mph pounded Chatham, Mass., on the tip of Cape Cod, the National Weather Service said.Friday, the storm pounded the coast, from the Carolinas to New England, with blizzard-like conditions of high winds and heavy snow.
Cape Cod, Mass., received as much as 12 inches of snow and areas south of Boston reported accumulations from 5 to 8 inches.
Some light snow was also falling over the New York City area early Saturday. The snow had ended over New Jersey, which earlier was hit with heavy snowfall that amounted to 24 inches in northern Cape May County and 18 to 19 inches in Atlantic City.
Meanwhile, cold continued to grip Florida, with Miami setting a record with 37 degrees. The mercury plunged to 18 degrees in Tallahasse, Fla., also a record.
Elsewhere, temperatures were in the 20s and 30s early Saturday from Mississippi across the Tennessee Valley to the southern Atlantic Coast.
Friday, the Florida cold brought record 37-degree temperatures to Miami.
It dropped to 31 at Orlando in the citrus belt, cold enough to sweeten the fruit but not enough to hurt it, according to growers.
Low temperature records were broken or tied in 34 cities Friday.
Heavy snow battered northeastern North Carolina Friday, snarling traffic and closing schools and businesses for the day.
"We've got blowing snow," said Gates County Sheriff Elmo Benton. "It's 3 1/2 feet deep in some places. I walked through it this morning. It's up past my knees at one point and 12 feet from it it's 2 inches deep."
Waves up to 8 feet high pounded North Carolina's Outer Banks, causing severe coastal erosion, and gusting winds were clocked at 70 mph in some areas.
A man drowned when his boat capsized around 7 a.m. Friday in a choppy Beaufort, N.C., creek, police said. Police Chief Marvin Knox said Daniel Graybill, 25, of Hanover, Pa., had been working at an area concrete plant.
Portions of the Delmarva Peninsula of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia received as much as 11 inches in some areas Friday, closing schools and giving state and local government employees a three-day weekend.
In New Jersey, blinding, drifing snow blown by 50-mph gusts forced the closure of Atlantic City's two airports, cutting off air access to the resort for fans flocking to Friday night's World Boxing Council middleweight title bout between champion Iran Barkley and Roberto Duran.
"It's safe to say that all the casinos in Atlantic City are very empty today," said Gary Selesner, a vice president at Trump Plaza Casino Hotel.
In Boston, Ga., a 7-month-old girl was found dead Friday in an unheated home with the temperature in the low 20s outside. A coroner was investigating. Authorities said they believe Precious Fleming froze to death.