Winter Storm Threatens Heavy Snow in Northern New England

A late winter storm that tied up air traffic along the East Coast will bring more snow across northern New England as it winds down in New York.

The storm is spreading rain from the Massachusetts Turnpike south into southern New England and New York. Heavy snow is falling north of the highway, also called Interstate 90, and from 8 to 14 inches (20 to 36 centimeters) may pile up in New Hampshire and Maine, said Scott Kaplan, a meteorologist with Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire.

“It’s done across most of the area by midnight tonight; obviously it will end earlier the farther west and south you go,” Kaplan said today.

As of 1 p.m. New York time, 84 flights into and out of Boston’s Logan International Airport had been canceled, for a total of 421 around the U.S., said FlightAware, an airline tracking service in Houston. Delays of more than an hour were reported at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. Flights to Philadelphia International were delayed almost an hour.

Winter storm warnings and advisories stretch across upstate New York into Maine, the weather service said. Snowfall warnings are also in place across parts of Ontario and Quebec, including Montreal, according to Environment Canada.

NYC Snow

New York City’s Central Park had 3 inches of snow overnight, said Mike Layer, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York. Six inches fell in Westchester County in New York and 5 inches in Fairfield County in Connecticut, he said.

The temperature was 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2.2 Celsius) under overcast skies in Central Park at 1 p.m.

At Logan Airport, 6.4 inches fell, while 11 inches was recorded in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, about 45 miles west-northwest, according to the weather service. Light rain was falling in Boston at 1 p.m.

The weather is expected to remain cooler than normal in the eastern U.S. into April, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group in Bethesda, Maryland.

From March 24 to 28, temperatures will be about 8 degrees below normal through the center of the country and about 3 degrees lower in the Northeast, Rogers said. The cold will moderate a bit from March 29 to April 2, with temperatures ranging from 3 to 5 degrees lower than usual from the Great Plains to the Atlantic coast.

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