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Freak US Snowstorm Roars Through Northeast, Kills 3

A freak early snowstorm roared through the U.S.northeast over the weekend, leaving two million people without power and three people dead.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 10/30/2011, 1:54 PM

Freak early snowstorm in Bristol, Connecticut
Freak early snowstorm in Bristol, Connecticut
Ed Sobuta

The first nor'easter of the winter season came early this weekend, roaring its way up the eastern seaboard of the United States.

Three people were killed as the storm rushed through West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond.

“Look what we've got!” exclaimed Lexington, Massachusetts resident Myra Marshall on Facebook, posting a photo of a coating of snow on the bushes in her yard early Friday. That bemused surprise changed by 11:00 p.m. Saturday night, however, when Marshall posted via her Blackberry, “Power is out in parts of Lexington now. It has only been out for 10 min and we can already feel it getting colder.”

She was optimistic, however, that the snow wouldn't last long. "We only have six inches," she told Arutz Sheva in a telephone interview on Sunday. "The temperature is supposed to be 50 degrees (Farenheit) on Monday -- it will probably all melt by then, and trick-or-treating for Halloween will be done in the mud." Power had still not been restored, but "we have a gas grill, and there is no lack of food," Marshall said.

In Bristol, Connecticut, snow was described as heavy, slushy, and wet. Photographer Ed Sobuta managed to snap at least one shot from inside the snug warmth of his house before the power went out in his own neighborhood as well.

In New Jersey, one town reported 15 inches of snow. New Yorkers reported varying levels, depending on where in the city they lived -- and stoically said they were "toughing it out," as one Brooklyn resident, Ira F., told Arutz Sheva.

More than two million customers were without power by early Sunday morning, and mobs of travelers were left stranded at airports up and down the eastern U.S. coast.

The freak storm, coming so early in the season, meant an especially heavy burden for the trees that were still heavy with colorful leaves – many of which crashed under the burden.

Pennsylvania state police said an 84-year-old man died when a large tree fell in his yard, crashing through the roof of his house. It killed him instantly as he napped in his recliner, the report said.

The second victim was a motorist in Hebron, Connecticut, according to state police there.

In Springfield, Massachusetts, a man in his 20s died after he deliberately ignored police barricades around power lines that fell. He was electrocuted after touching the metal guard rail charged by the downed power lines, according to a fire department spokesman.

In Israel, winter is not even close to arriving as yet, and there has not even been any serious rain so far. If and when snow does fall, generally the white stuff is seen in the Galilee, the Golan Heights, Jerusalem and occasionally in Gush Etzion and the Hevron Hills. An inch or two is enough to close schools and jam the roads with people from the Tel Aviv area and the Negev, trying to come north to see the snow.