Winter Storm Makes its Way East, Causing Thousands of Flight Cancellations

By Jesse Sokolow on 17 February 2014
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More snow is expected in much of the northeast

More snow is expected in much of the northeast

States that are still recovering from last week’s catastrophic winter storm which brought freezing rain, sleet, and snow to the east coast from Georgia to Maine, ultimately resulting in inches of ice and over a foot and a half of snow in some areas, are preparing for another winter storm.  The storm, which is moving in from the Midwest, has already dumped anywhere from 1” to 6” on areas in western Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and up to 8” in some parts of Wisconsin and northeastern Minnesota as of 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday.

As of that same time, over 1,500 flights have been cancelled in the United States on Monday, while over 4,700 have been delayed according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.  Only 137 flights have been cancelled for Tuesday, although that number is expected to rise drastically in the next 24 hours.

As the storm continues east, Detroit can expect to see moderate to heavy snowfall Monday night, with around 3” to 5” possible, on top of the snow that the Motor City saw during the day.  In Ohio, Columbus will likely see a mixture of rain, snow, and freezing rain Monday night, with little to no ice accumulation, and anywhere from 1” to 2” of additional snow accumulation possible.

In Pennsylvania, Pittsburg will see a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain throughout the night on Monday, with around 1” to 3” of accumulation expected, and less than one inch of additional snow on Tuesday.  Elsewhere in the state, Harrisburg can expect similar conditions, with 1” to 3” of snow, sleet, and freezing rain on Monday night, and less than an inch of additional snow and sleet on Tuesday.

Further east in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, total accumulations for Monday night are expected to be between 1” and 2” of snow, mixed with freezing rain and sleet, while there remains a small chance of snow for Tuesday morning in the two cities.

Philadelphia will likely miss out on the sleet and freezing rain, although the city could see between 1” and 2” of snow on Monday night.  The snow will become interspersed with rain on Tuesday, though there is still the possibility of an additional 1” to 2” of snow accumulation throughout the day for Tuesday.

In New York City, the chance of snow is about 50% for Monday night, with any accumulation being less than one inch.  The City that Never Sleeps will be blanketed with rain and snow on Tuesday however, resulting in 1” to 3” of the white stuff.

The storm will likely not reach Boston until Tuesday, where 3” to 5” of the white stuff is possible during the day, as well as half an inch of additional snowfall Tuesday night.  In and around Portland, Maine, 2” to 4” of snow is expected for Tuesday, with an additional 2” to 4” possible Tuesday night.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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