Major Blizzard Bears Down on Northeast, 4,000 Flights Cancelled

By Jesse Sokolow on 8 February 2013
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Editor’s note: An updated report on the storm may be found here.

As snow began to fall in the Northeast, people in the region, especially in areas where Hurricane Sandy struck hardest, began to stock up on supplies, motorists lined up to fill their tanks, and school children got a day off.  Airlines, which started to cancel flights well in advance of the storm, continued to cancel flights overnight into and out of the region’s airports.

In New York, Amtrak suspended it northbound service out of Penn Station beginning at 1:03 p.m.  The city can expect to see up to around fifteen inches of snow accumulation by the end of the storm.

In Boston, the worst of the storm is expected to hit between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. today, and around a foot and a half is expected to be on the ground by the end of the blizzard.  After 1:15 p.m. today, Amtrak’s southbound service will be suspended out of the city’s South Station.

Up to two feet of snow is expected in Rhode Island, with about a foot set to fall in New Jersey.  In Vermont, there had already been two inches of accumulation by this morning, and an additional seven to twelve inches is set to fall.

More than 2,900 flights have been cancelled today according to Flightaware, a flight-tracking service, and  an additional 954 have been canceled for tomorrow.  It is likely that flights and travel could be affected for several days after the storm, as aircraft and crews will have to be repositioned and many passengers will have been stranded.

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