Winter Storm Jonas Causes Travel Nightmare

As the winter system began winding down Saturday evening, the number of people dramatically impacted was on the rise – with more than a dozen deaths blamed on the storm.

In New Jersey alone, more than 50,0000 people were without power, where coastal flooding transformed some streets into frozen lakes.

Winter Storm Jonas caused travel nightmares for thousands of stranded drivers from Kentucky to Connecticut.

A travel ban is placed on New York City until 7:00 a.m. Sunday, where unauthorized personnel could be arrested and fined.

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Nearly 10,000 flights were canceled flights, with Washington’s Dulles and Reagan airports closed through Sunday.

“Coming from Washington, D.C., we thought as soon as we hit the turnpike we’re good. But this is beyond even turnpike,” one woman explained while sitting in a passenger bus stranded in Pennsylvania.

Tow trucks understandably were in high demand with stalled and abandoned vehicles littering streets and highways across the south, Mid-Atlantic, and New England.

For the determined souls needing a ride, the car service Uber hiked its prices with a base rate starting at $72.

But some people didn’t seem to mind the weather wreaking havoc on their plans.

“In Florida all we have is sun all year round. You get tired, you get bored,” one man commented.

Jonas also created some picture perfect winter wonderland moments enjoyed by kids sledding down snowy hills and Washington’s giant panda, Tian Tian, frolicking in the snow at the National Zoo.

So far, the highest snowfall accumulation was tallied in Glengary, West Virginia with over 40-inches.

By Sunday morning, an estimated one in seven Americans will begin digging out their sidewalks and buried cars trying to return to something reminiscent of normal.

Report via CBN News

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