Major Winter Storm Hits Northeast Causing Travel Chaos

By Anna Breuer on 7 March 2018
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DSC_0596 (1)The second winter storm to hit the northeast in less than a week disrupted travel plans and made for a messy evening commute.

Heavy snow along the storm’s path toppled trees, taking down power lines and wreaking havoc for the region’s railroads.

As of 6:30 p.m. EST, 3,160 flights have been cancelled according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service: most were slated to arrive or depart from airports in the impacted region.

Newark Liberty International Airport shut down midday although it was later able to reopen one runway and resume a limited flight schedule. A ground stop was in place at Philadelphia International Airport

A ground stop was in place Wednesday afternoon at Philadelphia International Airport, and in New Jersey, Newark Liberty International Airport was closed because of the snowstorm. Later in the afternoon, Newark Airport was able to reopen one runway, and a limited flight schedule resumed.

Road conditions were extremely hazardous. In New Jersey, authorities reported over 350 crashes by early evening. The Delaware Memorial Bridge was shut down after ten tractor-trailers became stuck, unable to negotiate the bridge’s up-slope. Meanwhile, officials everywhere warned of dangerous driving conditions as the massive nor’easter slammed the region as rush hour was just starting.

“If you don’t need to be on the road, don’t be on the road,” said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. “Just stay home.”

While some areas reported less than 1” (2.54 centimeters) of snow as the sun set on Wednesday, 12” to 18” (31 to 46 centimeters) were expected in Orange, Putnam, and Rockland Counties in New York State as well as in Allentown, Pennsylvania; northwestern Connecticut; and Central and Western Massachusetts.

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