Winter Storm Electra Sets Sights on Midwest, Northeast this Weekend, Hundreds of Flight Cancellations Expected

By Jesse Sokolow on 11 December 2013
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A runway at JFK. More snow is expected this weekend.

A runway at JFK. More snow is expected this weekend.

If you live anywhere from the Midwest to the Northeast, don’t put away any of those snow shovels or ice scrapers just yet.  Another storm, Winter Storm Electra, is expected to move through areas including the southern Great Lakes, central and northern Illinois, and central Ohio, eventually making its way to the east coast this Saturday and through Sunday.

In the past ten days, three major winter storms have resulted in the cancellation of over 5,600 flights in the U.S., with tens of thousands of delays.  With the impending storm this weekend, hundreds of cancellations and thousands of delays are expected to occur.

Snow, sleet, and freezing rain are likely to occur near the Ohio River and into the Central Appalachians Saturday morning, making for treacherous travel conditions on parts of I-70, I-64, I-80, I-57, I-65, I-75, and I-77.

In the later hours of Saturday, the storm is expected to continue east, and there is a high probability of snow in areas of the Northeast, including New York, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, although the precipitation could change to a wintry mix.

Washington, D.C. may see some rain or wintry mix as well, though large amounts of snow are less likely.

Overnight and into Sunday, parts of upstate New York, central Pennsylvania, and New England could see fairly large amounts of snow.  As Sunday wears on, heavier snow and accumulation is expected across New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine.

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