Winter Storm Scrubs Flights as It Moves Across U.S East

A winter storm drifting across the eastern U.S., delaying flights from Chicago to New York, may bring as much as a foot of snow (30 centimeters) to New England ski slopes and smaller amounts to cities in southern Canada.

The storm has two halves, centered in Michigan and New Jersey, and is pushing a wave of snow ahead of it, said Paul Walker, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc., based in State College, Pennsylvania.

“The two centers of the storm are moving in tandem to the northeast,” Walker said by telephone. “The big snows of this storm are starting to move out of the U.S.”

Delays of more than an hour have been reported at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International in New York, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website. Waits average about 30 minutes at O’Hare International in Chicago and in Philadelphia.

The second major storm for the central U.S. in two weeks blanketed the southern Great Plains with over a foot of snow, dropping a record 19 inches in Amarillo, Texas, two days ago. More than 1,580 flights were canceled around the U.S. as the storm moved east, according to FlightAware, an airline tracking service in Houston.

The system brought 4.8 inches yesterday to O’Hare, the biggest snowfall at Chicago’s airport this season, the National Weather Service said.

Flights Scrubbed

As of 11:15 a.m. New York time, 352 flights in the U.S. were canceled, 109 of them into or out of O’Hare. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport had the most in North America with 193 arrivals and departures scrubbed, FlightAware said.

Toronto, where snow is now falling, may receive 1 to 3 inches, said Rob Carolan, founder and meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire. Montreal may see 3 to 6 inches, he said.

New York City and Boston will get rain, Carolan said.

The heaviest snow today will fall from the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts across the mountains of New Hampshire, Carolan said. The weather service predicts 10 to 14 inches from central New Hampshire into Maine.

“This will be real good for the ski areas across northern New England,” Carolan said. “They will be skiing into April.”

Winter storm warnings and advisories stretch from parts of Iowa across the Great Lakes to Maine.

The two surface lows making up the storm’s halves are connected to a low-pressure system at high altitudes. Carolan said the upper-level low will linger in the region through the rest of the week, keeping skies overcast and perhaps trigging drizzle and light snow.

“The sun is going to be real hard to find from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast for the next couple of days,” Carolan said.

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