The second massive snowstorm of the season buried parts of the Northeast in up to 15 inches of snow Tuesday, creating dangerous whiteout conditions that caused a messy commute and brought subzero temperatures to the region overnight. But for some, the blizzard seemed like a perfect opportunity to get out and play.
In Philadelphia, children and adults alike grabbed what they could to slide down the snow-covered Art Museum steps.
“If it slides, it rides,” said one man, explaining his technique.
In Washington, D.C, where federal offices were closed, hundreds of snow revelers took advantage of their snow day and participated in a massive snowball fight at Dupont Circle. The gathering was a hit on social media with #DCSnowballFight trending on Twitter.
The snow snarled travel on major highways in the region and backed up traffic in New York City for hours during the evening commute. One taxi driver took to the slippery sidewalk to get around a snowed in truck blocking a Manhattan street. The dangerous stunt was caught on camera.
One of the casualties of the snowstorm may have been a glass panel at Apple’s iconic cube store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. It cracked when hit by a snowblower, an Apple rep told BuzzFeed. Images of the damage were shared on social media.
Apple has not yet returned a call for comment to NBC 4 New York.
An arctic chill — an offshoot of the global vortex that wreaked havoc across the United States earlier this month— is set to last through the weekend.
Take a look at some of the stunning images of the blizzard shared on social media:
— 9/11 Memorial (@Sept11Memorial) January 21, 2014
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 22, 2014
They're getting in some good practice at clearing snow off the field at MetLife Stadium, home of Super Bowl XLVIII. » pic.twitter.com/iVvboetAHm
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 22, 2014
William Penn, Center City Philly during the snow storm. pic.twitter.com/RDx088bXAf
— ~CJ-USMC (@CSimrak) January 22, 2014
— Justin Berk (@JustinWeather) January 22, 2014
— Filiz (@filizserra) January 21, 2014
The best snow storm photo you'll see today http://t.co/eeRpbHr6wI
— Jonathan L. Fischer (@jon_fischer) January 21, 2014
— Jan Sanchez (@JanSanchez1956) January 22, 2014
— Matt Small (@newsmatt) January 21, 2014
— BostonTweet (@BostonTweet) January 22, 2014