Weekend Storm Continues to Impact Travel, Winter Boot Shortages Reported

By Paul Riegler on 15 February 2014
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Sorel boots became a must-have during Fashion Week

Sorel boots became a must-have during Fashion Week in New York City

The nation’s 17th winter storm will bring snow from the Mid-Atlantic to New England Saturday.  Expected accumulations will range 1” to 4” from northern Virginia to southern New England with significantly higher amounts in eastern Massachusetts to central Maine.

At least 17 deaths, many due to traffic accidents, were blamed on the storm that hit much of the nation during the week as it made its way up the northeast corridor from the south, where it left thousands of travelers stranded and many of homes and businesses without power.

Getting around in New York City was made more difficult by a shortage of winter footwear.  Earlier in the week, the New York Times reported that many stores in the city were completely sold out of such items.  In addition, Sorel boots had reportedly become a must-have item for those attending Fashion Week in the city.

Over 2,200 flights were cancelled Friday with some 9,000 delays according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.  Charlotte Douglas International Airport had over 800 cancellations in total, while Newark Liberty reported over 350.  Other airports with a high number of cancellations included New York’s LaGuardia, Philadelphia International, and Reagan National.

As of 11:25 a.m. EST on Saturday, there were over 500 cancellations, the greatest number being at Newark, Washington Dulles, and Charlotte.

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