Media outlets throughout the Northeast and New England are trying to stay on top of the news about this weekend's blizzard and are looking for reports from readers and listeners about what's going on. Our friends at WBUR are live-blogging and say that on Twitter, "the hash tag that seems to have caught on is #snowloko — a reference to that banned alcoholic beverage. People are also using #BOSnow and #BostonSnow."
We like this tweet that showed up via a search on #snowloko:
"Drinking hot coffee, watching the snow and working from home. Not too shabby..."
As the Boston Globe reports, not everyone in the region has access to the Web, however: "Thousands are without power and dozens have been forced from their coastal homes by a massive storm surge this morning as the Christmas weekend nor’easter continues to batter the region hours after its arrival last night."
The rough winter weather extends down the coast into the Carolinas. Here's a street scene from earlier today in New York City:
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A man clears snow in Manhattan's East Village earlier today.
A man clears snow in Manhattan's East Village earlier today. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Update at 11:45 a.m. ET. Also from New York, NPR's Margot Adler sends along a photo she took in front of her apartment building and some memories. As she says:
"We get very few really huge snow storms in New York City. If we get one a year that's a lot. And even the big ones don't seem as big as the ones of my childhood — alright I was smaller then — but I remember walking to school on top of cars. And total quiet as snow muffled all sounds.
"Today, walking out of my apartment, I was, for the first time in decades, reminded of those childhood snows. As I walked outside my building, the cars were completely covered, the streets eerily silent, and hardly any paths had been made from block to block.
"Even the midtown streets were quiet. And the tree at Rockefeller Center was dusted in white, the lights hardly visible. There is something wonderful about the power of weather to divert the best laid plans of human beings."
Here is Margot's photo:
In New York this morning.
In New York this morning. Margot Adler/NPR