In freezing conditions, the northeast begins to dig
In New York, where snowfall totals varied widely — four inches on Staten Island, 8.3 inches in Manhattan, 13.1 inches in Queens — life was largely back to normal on Sunday, though it was colder.
Under sunny skies, New Yorkers raced on snow-plowed sidewalks and drove on clear roads as children took their sleds to Central Park. Despite the sun, temperatures remained freezing, although the winds were milder compared to the strong gusts on Saturday.
New York City appeared to have escaped the worst effects of the winter storm. But on Long Island, which was battered by up to two feet of snow in some areas, at least two residents died trying to shovel snow on Saturday: At Belmont Circle, Nassau County police found a man 53-year-old lying in the snow with a shovel beside him, and a 75-year-old man collapsed in Syosset while clearing a road. Also, a Nassau County woman was found dead in her car early Saturday; the police were investigating.
Many on Long Island chose to venture out on Sundays instead of hiding indoors. In Elmont, 19-year-old Munir Ozigi saw an opportunity in the fresh snow. On Nextdoor, a social media app where neighbors can share information, he offered to shovel snow at anyone’s house for $80 to $120. By afternoon, Mr. Ozigi had already been called in three cities, earning several hundred dollars within hours.
“I sacrifice my back and my youth,” Mr. Ozigi said with a laugh. “I was thinking about what I could do to take advantage of this snowstorm, and it came to me like, ‘Oh, I can make money, and I’m a young man with a shovel. . Why not?'”
In Stoughton, the mood was just as light and locals seemed determined not to let the storm dictate their entire weekend. A man was seen wading waist-deep to his letterbox in the snow to begin clearing a path. At Olivio’s Grill & Pizzeria, business was buoyant in the morning as 30-year-old manager Yves Urio noted several take-out orders. “Pizza and wings is all we sell today,” he said.
Members of the Stoughton Police and Fire Department reveled in their victory in the snow. On Saturday, they had taken to social media jokingly, playfully debating with other cities over which would see the biggest piles of snow. But soon after, Chief Carroll said, “everyone jumped on board” to comment online. On Sunday morning, the Stoughton Police Department posted on Facebook: “Today we wake up champions!!”