Millions stuck as snow shuts down east coast cities

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo lucked out with this one – we’re not getting hit at all from the massive storm which has been hammering the East Coast for days now, dropping up to two feet of snow on cities like Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City.

New York City’s mayor and Governor Cuomo declared a travel ban around New York City. That’s leaving millions stuck inside or in their borough’s without ways around.

“I’m legally stranded in my house right now,” said Justin Cortes who lives in Queens. “You can’t drive anywhere. You can’t take cabs anywhere; any train above ground are closed. I’m basically stuck at home. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Cortes says the city that never sleeps seems to be napping today as they receive more than two feet of snow.

“We thought it was only going to be about a foot so I don’t think we’re as prepared as we should have been,” said Victoria Armada who lives in Brooklyn. “I heard we might be in trouble for a couple of days with all the snow. There’s kind of no where to put the snow right now.”

That’s something Buffalo natives like Doug Dewysocki understand.

“This is quite a snow storm we have here,” said Dewysocki. Here, being Washington D.C. When we Skyped with him, he was sledding down Capitol Hill. “The city is doing the best they can. I can be honest, I’m not even sure Buffalo would be prepared for what they have here.”

Plows have been trying to clear the roads quickly but the snow keeps falling and accumulating; high winds are also creating drifting. The Erie County executive, Mark Poloncarz, said the county hasn’t been asked to help by providing additional aid; adding, if the request comes, assistance is available and ready.

In the meantime, people in these cities are finding ways to keep busy during their snow days.

“People are really enjoying this and embracing what happens every 8 years,” said Dewsocki.

“It’s definitely going to be difficult for people who do need to get to work eventually because there’s no buses, cars,” said Armada.  “It’ll be interesting when we kind of have to start up with our lives again. We have a snow day for a day but we have to start living soon.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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