New Wave of Winter Weather Hits Northeast, Cancels Flights
The storm moved quickly, dumping snow from the Ohio Valley through parts of New England. Most areas only received an inch or two but the effects were wide-reaching.
According to FlightAware.com, a flight tracking service, 363 flights within, into, or out of the United States were cancelled, most due to the storm. Over 300 flights were cancelled yesterday and almost 800 were cancelled on Thursday. By contrast, no flights were cancelled on Monday.
As a result of the cancelations, many travelers have been stranded away from home for a day or more. In addition, low visilibility on roads and highways resulted in multiple accidents. There were multiple road closures in New York and Pennsylvania.
Earlier in the week, thousands of travelers were stranded by an earlier storm that resulted in 400 flight cancellations on Thursday.
The heaviest snowfall is expected to hit New England later tonight with accumulations between six to 12 inches in Boston, Cape Cod, and Providence, Rhode Island.
Although the winter season is only a few days old, snow already covers 64% of the ground in the lower 48 states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, far exceeding last year’s top figure of 48%.
The current storm is expect to weaken substantially by noon. Meanwhile, another storm is waiting in the wings and may hit the Midwest on New Year’s Day.
(Photo: Jonathan Spira)