Holiday Weekend Storm Giving Way to Arctic Blast, Leaving Thousands of Cancelled Flights in its Wake

By Anna Breuer on 20 January 2019
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A plane being deiced at LaGuardia Airport

A plane being deiced at LaGuardia Airport

The winter storm that struck the Midwest and Plains on Friday and Saturday continues to move eastward, bringing rain, snow, and ice to millions over the holiday weekend.

Heavy rain and snow in parts o the region are going to be followed by dangerously low temperatures.

The deep freeze left slippery conditions in the Midwest.

A United Airlines flight skidded off the runway on Saturday, after landing at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. No injuries were reported.

More than 1,000 flights were cancelled in Chicago on Saturday, with over 2,100 cancellations across the country. Over 4,000 flights were delayed.

On Sunday, over 1,200 flights have been cancelled as of 11 a.m., with almost 400 cancellations at Boston Logan International Airport. Almost 900 flights have been delayed thus far.

On Saturday, a 15-vehicle pileup closed a portion of an Interstate highway in Missouri causing only minor injuries but massive traffic tie-ups.

As of 10 a.m. on Sunday, the rain/snow line is along I-95 in the Northeast, with heavy rain in New York and New Jersey, icing north of that, and heavy snow farther north.

The heaviest snow is forecast for northern New England. As trees and power lines get weighed down with snow and ice, expect power failures and dangerous driving conditions.

Temperatures are going to be in the single digits with a low of -7° F (-21° C) expected in Burlington, Vermont, -4° F (-20° C) in Buffalo, 1° F (-17° C) in Minneapolis, and 7° F (-13° C) in New York City. Wind chill temperatures will be dangerously low, with a wind chill of -27° F (-33° C) expected in Burlington, -22° F (-30° C) in Buffalo, and -10° F (-23° C) in New York City.

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