Winter Storm to Hit New York and New England, Causing Thousands of Flight Cancellations and Delays

By Paul Riegler on 1 January 2014
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A plane being deiced at JFK

A plane being deiced at JFK

The year’s first major storm is continuing its trek east and will soon hit New England.  A winter storm warning is in effect for the region including Boston, Hartford, and Providence as well as Albany and New York City.

In the Midwest, the snow took a break Wednesday evening in Chicago but it will be in full force for Thursday’s morning commutes.  Forecasters expect whiteout conditions in some parts of the region.

Over 650 flights in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport were cancelled on New Year’s Day, and 900 flights were delayed.  Denver saw just a few dozen cancellations but over 800 delays.

Almost 500 flights have already been cancelled for Thursday according to Flightstats, a service that tracks flight information, and most airlines are already offering passengers in the impacted regions weather waivers to defer their travel for several days.

The approaching winter storm will bring 8” to 12” of snow to Central New York and Western Massachusetts including Boston, with part of the region getting as much as 18” of the white stuff.  The totals drop off as you head south, with Philadelphia looking at 3” to 5” and Washington, D.C. expecting to only get 1”.

The storm will be moving through New England Thursday, and another burst of snow will take place Thursday night and Friday, accompanied by very strong winds and very cold air

New York City and Long Island may face blizzard conditions Friday as may Eastern Massachusetts.

Governor Andrew Cuomo told New Yorkers to take mass transit on Thursday because of the possibility of major road closures including the Long Island Expressway later in the day.   “We’ve learned that Mother Nature wins at the end of the day,” he told reporters as an explanation of why it was necessary to be prudent.

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