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Northeast Commuters May Slog Through Slush on Way to Work

Passengers Wait in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Passengers wait to speak with ticket agents at American Airlines at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas. Late autumn storms have played havoc on U.S. air travel for almost a week. Photographer: Stewart F. House/Getty Images

Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Commuters heading to work in New York and the U.S. Northeast may be looking at a coating of snow as a fast-moving weather system runs up the East Coast. Federal offices in Washington are closed.

New York will probably get as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) from the storm, which is expected to leave about an inch from Boston to Washington as well, Gary Best, a meteorologist with Hometown Forecast Services Inc., said from his office in Nashua, New Hampshire.

“It’s a little mini-system that will mess up the morning commute,” Best said. “Eastern Pennsylvania, southern Connecticut to Long Island, that is where the heaviest precipitation is going to be.”

A winter weather advisory was issued from New York City to Alabama, with a winter storm warning in place in southeast Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. As of 5:45 a.m. New York time, 793 flights had been canceled around the U.S., including 100 at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based tracking service.

In New York, the heaviest snow will fall about midmorning, said Joe Pollina, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, New York. The snow should taper off later in the day and tonight is expected to be dry and cold, with a forecast low of 22 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 6 Celsius).

“It is a weak storm and we’re on the outer fringes of it,” Pollina said by telephone. “It is fast-moving, so we are not going to see an all-day snow event.”

Washington may get 2 inches of snow before it changes to rain, Best said. Federal offices in the district are closed today, according to a statement on the Office of Personnel Management’s website.

Late autumn storms have played havoc on U.S. air travel for almost a week. Yesterday, 1,922 flights around the U.S. were canceled, 389 of them at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a major hub for American Airlines Inc.

Dallas was hit by an ice storm last week that left more than 270,000 customers without power at its peak and forced the cancellation of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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