Northeast Gears up for Winter Storm, Airlines Respond with Cancellations
A winter storm that brought significant ice accumulation, sleet, and snow to the south was on its way to the Northeast on Wednesday.
While those in the south braced for an ice storm that the National Weather Service had warned could be of “historic proportions,” less catastrophic forms of precipitation will prevail in the Northeast.
In New York, LaGuardia has already seen some 168 cancellations and 57 delays for Wednesday, while John F. Kennedy International Airport has had 78 cancellations and 69 delays. Meanwhile, Washington D.C.’s Reagan National has had 162 cancellations and 50 delays.
The storm will reach parts of the Northeast after midnight, and airlines have already taken action. As a result, Philadelphia International Airport has 181 cancellations for Thursday, while Reagan National has 168 cancellations.
As the storm moves north, Richmond, Virginia will be hit with snow and sleet, and can expect to see anywhere between 4” and 8” of accumulation on Wednesday night. The snow and sleet will be joined by freezing rain on Thursday, resulting in an additional 1” to 3” of accumulation.
Washington, D.C. can expect between 2” to 4” of snow Wednesday night. A mixture of snow and sleet will hit the nation’s capital on Thursday, and the city could see an additional 2” to 4”.
In Philadelphia, 2” to 4” of snow are expected to fall on Wednesday night. The snow will be joined by sleet and rain on Thursday, with an additional 3” to 5” of accumulation possible. Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Harrisburg could see over a foot of snow by the end of Thursday night.
In New York, a total of 2” to 4” of snow may be seen Wednesday night, with anywhere from 2” to 8” of additional sleet and snow expected to hit the city on Thursday.
As the storm continues its push north, Boston will likely see between 2” to 4” of snow on Thursday. Portland, Maine will be hit with 3” to 5” on Thursday, and additional snow will continue into the morning on Friday.
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