Jan 20 - the day of President John F.Kennedy's ceremonial inauguration - brought cold and?
Jan 20 - the day of President John F.Kennedy's ceremonial inauguration - brought cold and windy weather to New York, in the wake of a 24-hour snowstorm.
Bitter wind hampered the removal of six to twelve inches of snow which covered the city. Some 400 snow ploughs were at work along Pennsylvania Avenue to clear the inauguration route. Schools and colleges remained closed, many factories were shut down or forced to work with short staff.
Snow blocked roads, delayed rail, and bus services, and threw traffic into chaos, causing more than thirty deaths throughout the East. Cars were stranded in huge drifts, postal service was interrupted, and air travel was all but halted.
Coming in the midst of a harbour strike which had already disrupted rail and ferry services in New York, the snow complicated the problems of commuters trying to get to and from work. Fruit and vegetable supplies for the city were delayed as trucks fought the slippery roads. Only the school children enjoyed themselves in snowball battles.