Ocean Metropolis Mayor: Whiteout situations shut city down

Coastal storms are not uncommon to Ocean City, but Mayor Richard Meehan says Thursday‘s whiteout conditions in the tourist town are far from typical.

In a phone interview, Meehan said sustained 35 mph (56 km/h) winds were blowing snow into drifts and making it difficult to keep roads clear.

But he said people were heeding the call to stay home and streets were largely deserted. Even businesses that stay open year-round were largely shuttered.

Meehan estimated the economic impact from this storm would be minimal. Not only is it offseason, but it hit in the middle of the week and will not directly affect weekend travelers.

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The National Weather Service reported 11 inches (28 cm) of snow in Ocean City as of 1 p.m. Thursday.

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