Snowmageddon Hits Northeast, Over 5,000 Flights Cancelled
A deadly winter storm that wiped out power for thousands in the Southeast moved north overnight, bringing heavy snowfall to a region that has already seen several storms this year.
The National Weather Service, which had warned of “catastrophic” conditions in the south, warned of heavy snow and potentially dangerous travel conditions in the Northeast. In New York City, snow began falling early Thursday morning, with accumulations of up to 12” possible.
The storm wreaked havoc in the south. Over 3,000 flights were cancelled in and out of airports in Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, and Charlotte on Wednesday. Delta Air Lines and ExpressJet, a regional carrier that flies routes for Delta, cancelled over 1,800 flights. US Airways, which is part of American Airlines Group, saw almost 200 cancellations, mostly out of its hub in Charlotte.
Over 5,700 flights have been canceled for Thursday, with nearly 1,000 delays as of 10:10 a.m. Eastern Time according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.
Philadelphia International Airport has 856 cancellations and 51 delays already, while Reagan National has 697 cancellations and 12 delays. In the New York area, LaGuardia has cancelled 693 flights and delayed 43, while Newark Liberty has cancelled 693 flights and delayed 39.
Conditions were no better on the roads. Numerous trucks jackknifed and drivers were stranded on highways as cars ran out of fuel. Many people couldn’t make it home Wednesday night and had to find alternate accommodations.
States including Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey have issued states of emergency, and Delaware has issued a limited state of emergency.
In New York, sleet is showing up in lower Long Island, lower Brooklyn, and lower Queens, as well in parts of New Jersey. Heavy snowfall at a rate of 2”, 3”, and even 4” per hour is being reported in inner New Jersey and the north shore of Long Island.
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