Blizzard Set to Halt Travel in Northeast, Drop Over Two Feet of Snow in Some Areas
Officials Urge Caution and Preparation as Storm Approaches
A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile (402-kilometer) stretch of the northeast, from New Jersey to Boston. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned of “one of the largest snowstorms in the history of the city,” a message echoed by officials in the region.
Thousands of flights are expected to be affected by the weather, and driving conditions will be extremely hazardous. Travelers should consider not venturing outside their homes unless absolutely necessary. Motorists run the risk of being stranded and many airports are likely to close as a result of the storm. Prolonged power outages and flooding are likely.
In anticipation of the storm, airlines have already cancelled almost 3,000 flights on Monday and 1,900 on Tuesday, according to FlightStats, a flight-tracking service. Almost 700 flights have been delayed as of 10:30 a.m. Monday. Expect additional delays and cancellations as the day continues.
In Connecticut, Governor Dannel P. Malloy banned travel on roads and highways throughout the state starting at 9 p.m.
The storm will impact over 28 million people with snowfall that will range from one to three feet from New Jersey and far eastern Pennsylvania) through much of New England. In addition, expect snow as far south as the central and southern Appalachians including flurries in north Georgia.
In Pittsburgh, between 1” and 3” of snow is expected to fall by the end of Monday, with similar conditions expected in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. Philadelphia could see up to 10” by the end of Monday, with an additional 7” of snow on Tuesday
In New York City, around 15” is expected on Monday, with between 7” and 11” of additional accumulation expected on Tuesday. Further North in Boston, between 10” and 14” of snow could be seen by the end of Monday, with up to 18” of additional accumulation falling on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Portland, Maine could see anywhere between 3” and 7” of snow by the end of Monday, as well as 9” to 13” of additional accumulation on top of it by the end of Tuesday.
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