Last month the Polar Vortex slammed the Midwest and Winter Storm Leon hit the South with wind and snow, and now its Winter Storm Pax's turn to wreak havoc on the East Coast. Cities including Atlanta, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York have all experienced snow and ice. The Weather Channel reports that as of this morning the storm's snow and ice have already killed 13 in the South and cancelled some 5,000 domestic and international flights. Restaurants up and down the East Coast have had to make the call about whether to open in spite of the weather, or close due to safety concerns.
Eater DC reports that over 50 restaurants in the DC metro area are closed or partially closed today. Last night's storm caused massive traffic delays and about 11 inches of snow. Chef Tom Powers (Corduroy, Baby Wale) tells Eater DC that it took him a whopping six hours to travel three miles to get home after service last night. Needless to say, his restaurants will not be open tonight.
Over in Atlanta — where over 200,000 homes and businesses lost power — the list of restaurants remaining open yesterday was pretty modest. Eater Atlanta noted that it was "pretty damn icy outside." After a particularly difficult winter, Eater Atlanta also rounded up the restaurants in town where ice-beleaguered residents can get a hot toddy. It looks like many restaurants will be open by dinner tonight.
Further north, Philadelphia accumulated almost nine inches as of this morning, forcing some restaurants to close their doors. Eater Philly is tracking the openings and closures around town and points out that not everyone in Philly is able to open their front door at the moment. Still, there are several restaurants open and offering snow day discounts. The bad weather is expected to continue through Friday, making its way north to Boston and Maine. Keep warm out there, and if you find a restaurant that's willing to deliver, please remember to tip well. Below, the Seamless rules to snow ordering:
Seamless reminding us all not to be assholes pic.twitter.com/mlFrNkm3JZ— Veronica de Souza (@HeyVeronica) February 13, 2014