Snow and Ice Cripple Northeast, Thousands of Flights Cancelled

State of Emergency Declared in N.J., N.Y.

By Paul Riegler on 5 February 2014
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A parkway on Long Island on Tuesday

A parkway on Long Island on Tuesday

Inclement weather continues to impact travel in much of the country.  The snow has changed over to sleet, freezing rain and rain in much of the region, while snow continues to fall in many areas north and east of New York City.

As much as 9” to 11” inches have been reported in parts of Orange County, New York and New Haven County and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Already, over 2,800 flights today have been canceled, and some 700 have been delayed as of 9:25 a.m. Wednesday according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.

A state of emergency has been declared in New Jersey and New York City issued a hazardous travel advisory.  “If you do not need to use your car, don’t use your car,” said New York’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio.  “If you can use mass transit, please use mass transit.”  Gov. Danell Malloy of Connecticut ordered non-essential state employees to stay home, and Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York, citing a lack of road salt, and shut down I-84.

New Jersey Transit’s Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Lines are suspended.   Parts of the 1, 2, and 3 subway lines in New York had no service from 72nd Street to 125th Street due to signal problems and there are delays on the 4, 5, and 6 lines, also due to signal problems.  The Long Island Railroad has suspended service between Jamaica and Mineola and there are system-wide delays of 30 minutes on Metro North commute trains.

Based on the current forecast, which is subject to change, we will be experiencing this all over again late Sunday into Monday.  Another storm is expected to hit much of the nation, starting in the western part of the U.S. and moving to the Northeast.  The storm is expected to bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the affected areas, and some parts of the country could once again see significant accumulations.

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