I have this question about the phrase "bound by snow" here:

Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow.

How does a region get "bound by snow"? Would "covered by snow" be better?

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'Bound' implies no-one can get in or out.
The snow is so deep traffic has stopped; roads & schools are closed.

'Covered' just looks pretty ;-)

Bound is presumably from the same root as 'to tie up with rope' - 'Bound by hand & foot', etc. or even 'bound by a promise', 'bound do do his duty'

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    Bound is tricky as it means both "traveling somewhere" (I am homeward bound for Thanksgiving…) and "unable to travel anywhere" (…but snowbound at Newark) depending on usage.
    – choster
    Nov 26, 2014 at 15:23
  • … or bound for snowbound Newark ;-) Nov 26, 2014 at 18:52

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