Lake-Effect Snow Results in Thousands of Flight Delays and Cancellations

State of Emergency Declared in New York Following White-Out Conditions

By Paul Riegler on 18 November 2014
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IMGP2640Severe winter weather continued after a lake-effect snowstorm left as much as four feet of snow in some parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.   Forecasters are predicting as much as five feet of accumulation for parts of upstate New York by the time the storm ends.

The snow severely impacted western and central New York, northwest Pennsylvania, northern Ohio, western Michigan, and northern Wisconsin.

The storm arrived on a day where temperatures in all 50 states dropped to freezing or below.

Officials in Erie County, New York declared a state of emergency on Tuesday due to extremely hazardous driving conditions after 140 cars were stranded on Interstate 90 due to white-out conditions.  Lancaster, a city in Erie County, reported an accumulation of four feet of snow.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed the National Guard to render assistance in the region.

Flights across the country have been significantly impacted by the weather.  As of 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, over 4,500 flights had been delayed and over 500 were cancelled according to FlightStats, a flight-tracking service.  Flights out of LaGuardia, O’Hare International, and Buffalo Niagara International airports were showing the highest number of delays and cancellations.

In addition, Amtrak said it was suspending service between Albany, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Cleveland, Ohio through Wednesday afternoon.

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