You east coasters are such wimps when it comes to snow. If we got that much snow in one shot out here in Utah, it would be a party.
I saw a news headline that said, "By the end of this storm, one in seven Americans could be under at least half a foot of snow."
It's only the major cities that are having the issue. DC doesn't get much snow and VA rarely even gets a dusting so they just aren't equipped to deal with it. Even NYC doesn't get a ton of snow, plus with how built up and congested it is I can't imagine it being easy to deal with.
Utah is used to getting a few decent snow storms each season so they are prepared, Denver is pretty similar to Utah except they suck at dealing with more than a few inches. They only have like 30 plows for the entire city so they say it costs too much and takes too much work to plow anything other than the major roads and highways, plus they throw sand and rocks down instead of salt. Most North East Coast cities are champs with snow. When I lived in Buffalo nothing stopped them, same for Syracuse. It just depends what they are used to.
so here's the ironic thing...... i have one, but my mother parked her car in the garage and i can't take the snowblower out because there's no room :') i'm just thinking of it as exercise for my core D:~~~~