Winter Storm Electra to Make for A Snowy Weekend in Northeast, Hundreds of Flights Canceled

By Jesse Sokolow on 13 December 2013
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Driving in a snowy Vermont

Driving in a snowy Vermont

As the end of the week draws near, the fifth winter storm of the season does as well.  Winter Storm Electra is expected to dump more snow and freezing rain on parts of the Midwest and Northeast Friday through Sunday.

Electra will be the third major winter storm in the past eleven days, with the previous three resulting in the cancellation of over 5,600 flights in the U.S., with tens of thousands of delays.  With the impending storm this weekend, hundreds of additional cancellations and thousands of delays are expected to occur.  As of 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, 151 flights had been canceled, and over 1,500 delayed.

Snow is expected in the Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley, and Great Lakes Friday night.  Parts of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri could see as much as 3” to 5” of accumulation through Saturday.

The storm will continue to move east through Saturday, dumping snow in Ohio and areas of the Northeast including most of Pennsylvania, New York, Hartford, and Boston throughout the day and into the night.  Sleet or freezing rain is possible in northern New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, though major ice accumulation is not expected.

On Sunday morning, heavier snowfall is expected in New England and upstate and central New York, though it is likely to stop shortly after sunrise.  The highest accumulation from the storm is expected to occur in Northern Pennsylvania, central, eastern, and Upstate New York, New England, and Vermont, where areas could see as much as 8”, while some isolated spots may see as much as one foot.

Major airlines, including JetBlue and American Airlines, have already issued travel waivers to or from many airports in the Northeast.

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