Winter Storm to Hit Midwest and Northeast, Thousands of Flights Delayed, Cancelled

By Jesse Sokolow on 4 February 2014
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Long Island on Tuesday

Long Island on Tuesday

Although there are some stranded football fans who have yet to get a flight home from the New York area, they may have to wait a little bit longer: another winter storm is moving through the Midwest on Tuesday, set to affect the country from Colorado to the Eastern Seaboard., As the storm continues east, it will dump everything from snow and sleet to rain and freezing rain on the Northeast on Tuesday night, all the way through Wednesday morning.

Already, over 1,800 flights today have been canceled, and some 4,800 have been delayed as of 11:55 p.m. Tuesday according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.  Airlines have already cancelled 1,900 flights for Wednesday based on the forecast.

As the storm moves through the Midwest, Wichita, Kansas could see as much as 7” of accumulation today, with up to one additional inch through tonight.  In Kansas City, similar conditions will be prevalent throughout the day, with between 5” and 9” possible today, and an additional 1” to 3” expected tonight.

In Des Moines, Iowa, 2” to 4” are expected to fall today, with 2” to 4” more possible for tonight.

As the storm continues east through the day, Chicago could see anywhere between 2” and 4” tonight, with the precipitation tapering off through Wednesday morning, with less than one inch expected on Wednesday in the Windy City.

In Indianapolis however, forecasters expect between 1” to 2” today, as well as an additional 4” to 8” through tonight.  Further east, Cleveland could see between 4” and 8” tonight, in addition to as much as 3” on Wednesday.

The storm will turn into a wintry mix in parts of the Northeast as it continues its trek east, with Pittsburgh expected to get between 1” and 3” of snow, mixed with freezing rain and sleet on Tuesday night.  Similar conditions are expected in Philadelphia, with around one inch of snow and sleet expected to stick.

In Newark and New York, snow, freezing rain, and sleet are expected to result in as much as 1” to 4” Tuesday night through Wednesday in New York, and as much as 2” to 6” in Newark.

Further south in Baltimore, freezing rain is expected tonight, as well as in Washington, D.C., though little to no accumulation is expected.

Up north in Boston, as well as in Portland, Maine, weather conditions are expected to bring between 6” and 10” of snow to the two cities and surrounding areas on Wednesday.

This Friday, another winter storm is expected to hit much of the nation, starting in the western part of the U.S. in states including Colorado and Kansas, and moving east into Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio on Saturday, and finally ending up in the Northeast on Sunday. The storm is expected to bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the affected areas, and some parts of the country could see significant accumulations.

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