Nightly News   |  February 06, 2010

Snow prompts emergency declarations

With snow falling at 2 to 3 inches every hour, the winter wallop brought a blunt warning to motorists. NBC’s Ron Allen reports.

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>> feel the full brunt of the storm. nbc 's ron allen has more on some of the other places that got hit hard.

>> reporter: throughout the mid-atlantic region snow slamming weekend plans.

>> people are hunkering down, they're staying inside, and just waiting for this massive blizzard to pass.

>> reporter: falling at two to three inches every hour, burying everything in sight.

>> i felt like a midget when i was walking out here. it was like up to my knees.

>> it's a winter wonderland . feels like christmas, but it's not.

>> reporter: maryland, where some small towns measured up to 40 inches of snow, declared a state of emergency and issued a blunt warning to motorists.

>> no one with an ounce of common sense should be going out on the roads today.

>> reporter: hundreds of wrecks reported in the region, but just two fatalities. in pennsylvania another state of emergency . philadelphia's snow removal crews worked more than 24 hours straight.

>> they are working very hard. over 600 personnel, 350 pieces of equipment. from a number of agencies across the city government .

>> reporter: and in new jersey some counties imposed travel restrictions. emergency vehicles only on the roads. along the shore, the winds cranked up as the snow fell down.

>> i'm getting sustained wind gusts of 35 miles an hour, but gusts 45 miles an hour at times. and the snow is blowing, and certainly the visibility has been reduced.

>> we have got exactly 30 inches mid-afternoon.

>> reporter: nbc 's tom costello shared the latest from suburban maryland through an internet skype connection.

>> we lost all of our heat and our power at about 1:00 in the morning. it came back at 1:00 in the afternoon. by that point it had dropped below 60 inside the house.

>> reporter: however, some utilities warned it may take days to restore power. and as the storm for the ages moves on, there's another winter wallop in the forecast for the region. frigid, below-normal temperatures and yet more snow next week. ron allen , nbc news, new york.