National Weather Service: ‘Things Get Interesting Beginning Monday Night’ as Blizzard Approaches
Airlines Cancel Over 4,000 Flights, Thousands Stranded
“Things get interesting for the East Coast beginning Monday night,” the National Weather Service said in a statement on Monday.
A blizzard warning is in effect for much of the New York metropolitan area with possible accumulations of up to 20” (51 centimeters). Temperatures are expected to be 15° F to 30° F lower than average in the coming days in much of the country.
“We’re preparing for a significant storm on Tuesday, and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Airlines have already cancelled almost 1,500 flights Monday and 2,800 flights on Tuesday in anticipation of the storm. Most major carriers including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and United have issued travel waivers for the storm.
Snow is expected along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C. to New England although the National Weather Service said that total snow accumulation will be “particularly tricky” to estimate as some areas could be subject to sleet or rain instead of snow.
Expect several inches to a foot of accumulation in the Midwest overnight while a true nor’easter forms Monday night with the merger of two low-pressure systems off the southeast coast.
Much of the country, however, will see warm conditions including the southwestern United States and the Pacific Northwest, where only scattered showers are forecast.
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