New York will probably receive about an inch of snow from the system that will bring mostly sleet and rain to the city the day after tomorrow, said David Stark, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, New York. Areas north and west of the city may receive 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12.7 centimeters), he said.
“We’re kind of on the edge of the transition area,” Stark said. “All of this hinges on the track of the storm.”
New York, Boston and other parts of the U.S. Northeast have been coping with above-normal snowfalls this season. Central Park has received 57.7 inches since Dec. 1, or 46 more than normal, making this the sixth-snowiest season on record.
The snowiest season in New York was 1995-96 with 75.6 inches. Records go back to 1869, according to the weather service.
At Boston’s Logan International Airport, 70.5 inches of snow have fallen since Dec. 1, or 49.5 more than normal, according to the weather service. The snowiest season on record in Boston was also 1995-96, when 107.6 inches fell.
Earlier this week, a giant winter storm moved across the northern U.S., grounding about 13,000 flights and sending wind gusts of 70 miles per hour (113 kilometers per hour) and heavy snow to Chicago.
At least 47,000 customers were still without power in central Ohio, American Electric Power Ohio’s website reported at 1 p.m. local time.
Winter storms are the third-largest cause of catastrophic loss, according to the Insurance Information Institute in New York. From 1990 to 2009, winter storms accounted for $25 billion in insured losses, with only hurricanes and tornados causing more damage.
At least 1,900 flights were canceled today as the central U.S. tries to get back to normal, according to Houston-based FlightAware. Chicago’s O’Hare International and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental airports had the most cancellations.
Continental Airlines Inc. said on its website the carrier would suspend most operations in Houston from 6 p.m. local time today until noon tomorrow. US Airways Group Inc. planned to grounds its flights at Houston from 3:40 p.m. until 9 a.m., the airport said on its website.
Winter storm warnings and advisories stretch from Alabama through eastern Texas, including Houston, to the Mexican border, according to the weather service.
Houston may receive 1 to 3 inches of sleet and snow overnight, the weather service said.
“Down in Texas, it is cold,” said Tim Bowden, a senior meteorologist at Planalytics Inc. in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
Cold weather yesterday caused the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s grid, to order rotating outages after at least 50 generating units producing 7,000 megawatts were knocked offline.
Bowden said Texas will warm up before this weekend’s National Football League Super Bowl, scheduled to be played in Arlington on Feb. 6 between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.
The U.S. Hydrometeorological Prediction Center gives a 40 percent chance that as much as 4 inches of snow will fall this weekend from coastal Maine through western Massachusetts to just north of New York City.
“The good news is it will be a fast-moving storm,” he said.
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