[CBC뉴스] 몇 년 만에 처음으로 뉴욕에서 눈보라가 몰아쳤음에도 불구하고, 타임스 스퀘어에서 네이키드 카우보이의 쇼가 계속되고 있다.
‘네이키드 카우보이'로 불리는 존 버크는 그의 주위에서 눈이 계속 내리자 운전자와 관광객 모두를 즐겁게 했다.
버크는 “예, 이번 눈폭풍은 제가 오랫동안 본 것 중 가장 큰 폭설이었어요. 그래서 지구 온난화는 여전히 희극이다."라고 농담을 했다.
Despite the first major snowstorm in New York in a few years, the show must go on for Times Square's own Naked Cowboy.
Performing in his signature underwear briefs and a guitar, John Burck, aka 'The Naked Cowboy' entertained drivers and tourists alike as the snow continued to fall around him on Thursday (December 17).
"Yeah, this has been the biggest snow storm I've seen in a long time. So global warming is still a farce," joked Burck.
A winter storm that has blasted the U.S. Northeast with snow, rain and gusty winds dumped more snow on New York City than all of last year's winter storms combined, the National Weather Service said.
The first major snowstorm of the season forced much of the population to obey stay-at-home coronavirus orders, but also disrupted travel, possibly including distribution of the new COVID-19 vaccine.
A group of tourists from Puerto Rico posed with Burck, and commented on the storm.
"This is the first time I've seen snow in my life, so it's kind of cool, and it's kind of annoying too," said Rafael Varas from Puerto Rico.
Besides New York, the storm also brought its wintry mix to Washington, parts of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania on Wednesday, affecting an area home to more than 50 million people.
Forecasts showed it would pummel Boston and parts of the New England region before heading out to sea around nightfall.
Before then, many areas could expect 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) of snow.
Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) were likely to knock down trees and power lines, the National Weather Service said.
The New York area's three major airports reported 20% to 30% of flights were canceled on Wednesday and more cancellations were expected. Amtrak reduced rail service.
New Jersey Transit on Thursday extended its suspension of all rail service, in addition to halting several bus lines including those destined for New York City.
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