Winter Storm Saturn Impacts Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, Cancels Over 4,000 Flights

By Paul Riegler on 6 March 2013
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DSC_0594Winter storm Saturn moved across the Midwest and struck the East Coast with a vengeance, leaving accidents, flight cancellations, and record snowfalls in its wake.

Snow is ending in the Ohio Valley today but heading towards the Mid-Atlantic states.  The storm threatens to dump as much as a foot or more of snow along the East Coast.

A state of emergency has been declared in Virginia where over 200 weather-related car crashes were reported, and government offices in Washington were closed on Wednesday.  Over a foot of snow is expected in the Blue Ridge Mountains with over 20” possible in higher elevations.  More than a foot of snow is also expected in eastern West Virginia and Pennsylvania is already reporting between 4” to 6” in various parts of the state.  In Ohio, the Columbus area could see as much as 7” and other parts of the state could get even more.

Snow is expected to continue into the night in southern New England and along the I-95 corridor.  Officials in Delaware and New Jersey are warning of potentially significant coastal flooding.

Almost 4,000 flights in the U.S. were cancelled between yesterday and today due to the storm.  In addition, over 7,500 were delayed in the same period, according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.

Airports that have seen the greatest impact include Washington Dulles, Reagan National, Baltimore/Washington, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago Midway, LaGuardia, Chicago O’Hare, John F. Kennedy International, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)


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