Thousands of Flights Cancelled As Storm Slams Northeast

By Jesse Sokolow on 14 March 2017
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A plane being deiced

As a nor’easter batters the East Coast, up to two feet of snow is expected in many areas and thousands of flights have been cancelled as a result. In New York City, above-ground subways have been shut down although below-ground service continues to operate, and public schools in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston are closed.

While the forecast for New York City has been downgraded to 4” to 8” by the National Weather Service, far more of the white stuff is falling north and west of the city and in parts of New England. Up to 30” is expected along the New York-Pennsylvania border.

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio declared a state of emergency in the city at midnight, and at times, conditions were near white out. In the overnight period, snow was falling at a rate of approximately 1” an hour at both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.

Travel conditions remain hazardous with poor visibility and icy conditions on roads and highways.

Amtrak has cancelled its trains between New York and Boston, and there is limited service between New York and Washington, D.C. Metro North, the second busiest commuter rail line in the United States, will shut down at noon and the Long Island Rail Road, the nation’s busiest, plans to continue to operate, albeit with significant delays on some lines.

The nation’s capital is expected to receive between 5” and 10” Tuesday, and significant ice accumulation was reported at Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

As of 11 a.m. Eastern Time, over 5,510 flights had been cancelled across the country, with a further 1,689 delayed. Around 1,023 of those cancellations were at Newark Liberty International Airport, and LaGuardia and JFK saw 972 and 821 cancellations, respectively. Meanwhile, Boston’s Logan International has seen 803 cancellations, while Philadelphia International has had 653 cancellations.

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