Snowstorm Disrupts Travel in Northeast, Thousands of Flights Delayed and Cancelled

By Jesse Sokolow on 3 January 2014
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New York City Friday morning

New York City Friday morning

The first winter storm of the year moved in on the Northeast on Thursday, dumping as much as 20” of snow in some places.  The storm will continue to deliver more snow and strong winds this morning, but the worst appears to have passed.

On Thursday, more than 3,190 flights were canceled, while over 10,200 were delayed according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.  As of 10:16 a.m. Eastern Time today, 2,222 flights had already been canceled, with 1,994 delayed, though those numbers could rise.

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was closed around 6:00 a.m. this morning, though it is expected to reopen at 10:00 a.m.  In addition, airports including Orange Municipal Airport in Orange, Massachusetts and Beverly Municipal Airport in Essex County, Massachusetts, were closed due to the storm.  Orange Municipal is expected to reopen at 5:00 p.m. today, while Beverly Municipal should reopen by noon today.

In New York, the storm delivered approximately 6” of snow, and is expected to dump up to an additional inch throughout today.  Elsewhere in the state, the storm dumped as much as 9.9” in Rochester, and 6.6” in Buffalo.

Further south, Philadelphia saw approximately 7” of snow, while Baltimore had around 5”, and Washington, D.C. saw approximately 2.7” of accumulation.

Parts of New England saw significant accumulation, with Boston receiving 14.6”, though other parts of Massachusetts saw as much as 23.8”.  In Providence, 8.5” stuck, and parts of New Hampshire and Maine got between 6.8” and 9.7”, while as much as 17” of snow was seen in parts of Vermont.

The Midwest was not immune to the storm as it moved east, with parts of Illinois receiving as much as 18”, including approximately 10.9” in Chicago.  In Indianapolis, around 6” of the white stuff fell and stuck, and Detroit saw approximately 11.1”.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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