Winter Storm Exiting U.S. as Second Aims for New EnglandBrian K. Sullivan
A winter storm that spread snow and ice from Texas to Maine began moving out to sea as a second system takes aim at eastern New England, including Boston.
Boston may get 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters), and Cape Cod more, from a storm sweeping across the U.S. that is expected to intensify off the coast tomorrow, the National Weather Service said. New York may get 2 to 4 inches.
“This storm is going to blow up Saturday afternoon and pass south and east of New England,” said Rob Carolan, owner of Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire. “The worst weather is probably Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening.”
The eastern U.S. is still dealing with the aftermath of the larger system that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses and snarled travel this week. At least 21 deaths were blamed on the storm, the Associated Press said.
So far this week, 14,364 flights throughout the U.S. have been canceled, said FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service. As of 1:35 p.m. New York time today, 1,450 flights were scrubbed, the company said.
About 293,000 homes and businesses from Texas to Massachusetts were blacked out as of 8:30 a.m, almost all of them in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, according to utility websites.
New York and New Jersey utilities reported about 3,000 customers without power. Yesterday at least 742,603 customers in 11 states were without power, according to an Energy Department report that didn’t count blackouts involving fewer than 1,000 customers.
New York’s Central Park received 12.5 inches, while 16 inches were reported in parts of New Jersey and 20 fell on Harriman, New York, the weather service said. Boston’s Logan International Airport received 3.2 inches while Worcester, Massachusetts, had 10.5.
Washington, where federal offices were closed yesterday, reported 8.6 inches. Accumulations were heavier in Maryland, with 20 inches recorded in Allegany County, 26 inches in Baltimore County and 24 inches in Carroll County.
Philadelphia schools were closed today and opened two hours later than usual in Washington. Amtrak, which curtailed Washington-to-Boston service, said it expects to resume normal operations tomorrow, while New York’s Metro-North commuter line was running on a weekend schedule.
While skies cleared in New York, snow will keep falling across northern New England until about midday, Carolan said.
Heavy snow is also expected in Quebec, and the Canadian Maritimes will have sleet, rain and gusty winds, Environment Canada said in a series of weather warnings. Wind gusts of 68 miles per hour (110 kilometers) are possible in Halifax and 6 inches of blowing snow may fall in Quebec City, the agency said.
The storm expected to strike New England tomorrow is currently centered in Missouri. Ahead of the system, the weather service has issued winter weather advisories as far east as North Carolina and Virginia.
It may drop from 2 to 4 inches of snow across much of that region, the weather service said.
Temperatures may rise 8 degrees Fahrenheit (4 Celsius) above normal in the eastern U.S. and Canada from Feb. 19 to 23, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.