Blizzard Sweeps Across Northeast, Cancelling Flights and Closing Roads

By Paul Riegler on 27 January 2015
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New York City was quiet Monday night 

The storm that swept across the Northeast overnight disappointed some parts of the region but hit hard in many places, with winds up to 50 mph (80 km/h) and heavy snowfall.

The storm left more a foot (30 cm) of snow across much of Connecticut and Massachusetts, although its impact on New York City fell short of reaching historic proportions.

A blizzard warning remained in effect for much of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  It has been lifted for New York City.

The storm shut down air travel in most of the region overnight.  In New York, John F. Kennedy, La Guardia, and Newark-Liberty airports are open but all flights have been cancelled at La Guardia and there are hundreds of cancellations at the other airports.

New York City, which had essentially shut itself down starting in the evening hours on Monday, was spared the worst of the storm, but eastern Long Island and parts of New England saw far more snow.

Bans on driving in New York City, Nassau County, all of New Jersey, and the Hudson Valley have been lifted. The ban on driving in most of Connecticut, except for Fairfield and Litchfield counties, continues to be in force.

On the rails, Amtrak has canceled service north of New York City, and is operating a reduced schedule on trains south of New York.  Metro-North will restart operations at 11:00 a.m. on the Hudson and Harlem Lines and at 1:00 p.m. on the New Haven Line.  The Long Island Railroad is expected to restart service on most lines by noon.  PATH trains are operating on a weekend schedule and New Jersey Transit service is expected to resume later today.

In New York City, which suspended subway service due to snow for the first time ever on Monday, trains started running at 9:00 a.m. and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it expects to have a full Sunday schedule up and running by noon.  New York’s buses are slated to resume limited service by noon.  Bus service in Connecticut has been cancelled. In North New Jersey, bus service is scheduled to resume by 11:00 a.m., while South Jersey already has limited service.

In Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority suspended all service for Tuesday, and the governor of Massachusetts put a ban on driving into place Monday night.  Almost all flights at Boston’s Logan Airport have been cancelled.  The airport’s website recommends travelers check with their carrier for flight status.

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