Icy Winter Storm Moving Across Central U.S. to Northeast

Snow in New York
A woman walks down a street carrying an umbrella during a snowstorm in the Brooklyn borough in New York on Feb. 3, 2014. Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Boston faces as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow and ice and New York City might get 4 as the second winter storm this week moves into the U.S. Northeast.

Snow now spreading over the central U.S. will start falling in Boston and New York overnight, said the National Weather Service, which posted winter storm warnings from midnight to 6 p.m. for the two cities. Freezing rain and sleet will join the mix later tomorrow, said Tom Kline, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.

“It’s going to be a whole potpourri of precipitation,” Kline said by telephone from State College, Pennsylvania. “There’s certainly going to be enough to disrupt travel, not only on the ground but in the air as well.”

Forecasts of below-normal temperatures for much of the country into next week sent natural gas futures 9.6 percent higher to settle at $5.375 per million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange. About 49 percent of U.S. households use gas for heat, Energy Information Administration data show.

As of 2:39 p.m. New York time, 1,334 flights within, into or out of the U.S. today had been canceled, adding to the 2,070 flights scrubbed yesterday, said FlightAware, a Houston-based tracking service. About a third of the schedule at Kansas City International Airport in Missouri was cut as the storm moved eastward over the central U.S.

NYC Travel

The New York City Emergency Management Office posted a hazardous travel advisory for tomorrow, saying a quarter-inch of ice may fall atop the snow starting in late afternoon.

Central Park received 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow yesterday, a record for the date, snarling travel as visiting Super Bowl fans tried to get home. Boston got 1.6 inches. A state of emergency was declared in New Jersey, where the National Football League championship was played Feb. 2.

Parts of Maryland, Connecticut New York and New Jersey had more than 9 inches of snow while West Virginia and Pennsylvania reported more than 12, the weather service said.

A 73-year-old man was killed in Brooklyn by a backhoe that was going in reverse during street-cleaning, WNBC-TV reported. Police said the backhoe was not a city snowplow.

The latest storm will affect two dozen states from Utah and the Texas Panhandle to Maine, AccuWeather said.

Boston Outlook

“Boston looks like it’ll be harder-hit than New York,” Kline said. “As you get into those western and northwestern suburbs of Boston, you might see anywhere from 6 to 12 inches.”

The weather service forecast 10 inches for Boston proper. Nicole Belk, an agency meteorologist in Taunton, Massachusetts, said the system might dump snow and ice on the area all day tomorrow.

“So the morning rush hour will be affected and also potentially the commute later in the day,” she said.

New York is expected to get anywhere from 4 to 8 inches, with northern parts of Manhattan and the Bronx seeing the most, said Joe Pollina, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, on New York’s Long Island.

“It’ll start off as all snow, everywhere, and then change over to freezing rain between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. through the morning,” Pollina said. “That’s going to be the concern with this storm -- not just snow, but the ice we’ll see with it, because ice will weigh down on power lines. Not to mention the treacherous travel conditions that will ensue if the roads aren’t treated.”

The system is expected to pass through the Northeast into the Canadian Maritimes after tomorrow, Pollina said. More snow is possible for New York City over the weekend, AccuWeather said.

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