Storm Strands Thousands of Travelers, Heaviest Snowfall Yet to Come

By Paul Riegler on 21 March 2018
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IMG_1437The East Coast continues to be hammered by a powerful winter storm bringing 15” (38 centimeters) of snow with it to some areas.

Heavy snow continues to fall over a broad swath of the I-95 corridor from Virginia to New England and the snowfall is expected to increase as the evening progresses.

Travel in and out of the region was virtually impossible by midday.

Over 5,000 flights had been cancelled by 4:30 p.m. EDT, with almost 1,500 of them being in the New York metropolitan area. Earlier in the afternoon, LaGuardia Airport announced that all remaining flights for the day had been cancelled.

“Airlines have cancelled all remaining flights for today at #LGA due to the Nor’easter affecting the region,” it said on Twitter.

John F. Kennedy International Airport continued to be open, albeit with a caveat: “The heaviest/rapid snowfall hasn’t occurred yet & this may affect flight activity, “ it said on Twitter. “Airlines will update flight status based on future airport conditions.”

In the Washington, D.C. area, a snowfall rate of 1” (2.54 centimeters) per hour was reported, and 2” (5 centimeters) was reported at Reagan National Airport.

Road conditions remain hazardous throughout the region and states of emergency were declared by governors of Delaware and New Jersey.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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