Holiday Snowstorm to Wreak Travel Havoc

Forecast Promises White Thanksgiving

By Jesse Sokolow on 26 November 2014
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IMGP2847Another winter storm is moving in on the Northeast, and it has the potential to cause major disruptions to Thanksgiving week travel plans. The weather could bring as much as a foot of snow to parts of the region by the end of Wednesday, and many in the area will likely see more of the white stuff falling come Thanksgiving Day.

As of 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, over 360 flights had been canceled in the country, with an additional 942 delayed, according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.  Those numbers will likely increase significantly as the weather continues.

The storm will move through Pittsburgh and Buffalo, leaving up to an inch of snow in the two cities by the end of the day, before heading east through Syracuse, where accumulations of 3” are possible through Wednesday night.  In addition, both Syracuse and Buffalo may see an extra half an inch on Thursday.

The storm will likely gain power as it moves east, dumping anywhere from 4” to 8” on Albany during the day, with an additional 3” to 5” expected in the city through Wednesday night.  Further north in Burlington, Vermont, as many as 7” can be expected by the end of Wednesday night, and both Albany and Burlington could see another half an inch of the white stuff on Turkey Day.

In Hartford, Connecticut, anywhere from 2” to 4” will be seen during the day, and the city will likely get an additional 3” through Wednesday night.

The storm will bring a mixture of rain, sleet, and snow to the Boston area, with accumulations of up to 3” possible by the end of the day.

Portland, Maine will also receive a wintry mix, with a combination of rain and snow expected throughout the day, resulting in between 2” and 4” of buildup.  The precipitation will intensify as the day continues, and the coastal city could see as much as 4” to 8” of additional accumulation by the end of Wednesday night.

Further down the coast, the storm will bring between 1” and 3” of snow to the New York City area during the day, and 1” to 2” to Philadelphia.  Further south in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the weather will likely result in less than half an inch by the end of Wednesday night.

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