Hundreds of Flights Cancelled, Delayed as Winter Storms Cross the U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 18 January 2019
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DSC_0006 (2)A large portion of the United States is bracing for a series of storms bringing with them a dangerous mix of rain, freezing rain, ice, and snow as well as cancelled flights and dangerous road conditions well into the weekend.

Over 100 million people are under a winter storm watch, warning, or advisory across the country.

The first storm has resulted in the cancellation of almost 200 flights as of 10 a.m. EST on Friday, with 738 flight delays posted as well.

The first storm that started in California has been moving across the country, hitting the Northeast Thursday night into Friday morning. But it is the second storm, set to hit the East Coast Saturday night, that is following it that has forecasters and officials concerned, as it will bring more than 12” (30 cm) of snow to some areas in the Northeast.

Cities in the Northeast saw light snow Friday morning ahead of and during the morning commute. The storm is moving so quickly that it is unlikely to leave any significant accumulations of the white stuff behind.

Meanwhile, the second storm is exiting the Rockies and will leave considerable snowfall in its wake in the Midwest, although there will be less accumulation than the region saw with last week’s storm. Lake effect snow will increase the snowfall totals in Milwaukee and the Chicago metropolitan area, with 6” (15 cm) expected.

Heavy snow is expected when the storm arrives in the Northeast although it’s too early to predict where the line between rain and snow will develop.

New York City will see 3” to 6” (7 to 15 cm) but temperatures will plummet with lows hovering around 7° F (-14° C).

Meanwhile, the low temperature in Boston for Sunday is predicted to be 5° F (-15° C) and the city is expecting no more than 6” (15 cm) in town but well over a foot or 30 centimeters north off the Mass Pike.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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