Snow Snarls Travel as Another Storm Strikes U.S. NortheastChristine Harvey and Natasha Doff
A second storm in three days has brought more snow to the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, scrubbing flights and snarling travel.
Snow was falling on New York City as of 6:30 a.m. local time, reducing visibility to three quarters of a mile during morning rush hour, the National Weather Service said. The city may receive as much as 2 inches of snow today, with most of the accumulation in the morning before the storm switches over to rain, it said.
A winter storm warning was in effect for southern Maine, New Hampshire and areas north of Boston. The city may get 2-4 inches of snow from the weather system, which triggered the cancellation of more than 500 flights today.
“This isn’t going to be a huge blizzard, but it’s going to come through and disrupt travel not only on the ground, but in the air,” said Tom Kines, a meteorologist for AccuWeather.com in State College, Pennsylvania. “People are getting really sick and tired of the snow, and of shoveling and plowing.”
The latest round of snow heading for the eastern U.S. follows a storm that dropped about 3 inches in New York on Feb. 15, bringing the city’s total winter accumulation to 55.6 inches, more than triple the average through mid-February, Kines said in a phone interview today.
By the end of yesterday in New York, 1,375 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were canceled, while 4,418 were delayed, data from Houston-based FlightAware showed. For today, 560 U.S. flights have been canceled and 233 delayed. Almost a quarter of flights into and out of Newark Liberty International Airport are grounded, the data showed.
Snowfall this morning will make for “slippery roads and limited visibilities” during the morning commute in the New York area, the weather service said in an advisory.
The low temperature in Boston today may be 29 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 1.6 Celsius), according to AccuWeather. Today’s low in New York may be 32 Fahrenheit, while Chicago, where no snow is forecast, is set to drop to 26.
The weather may warm up in the second half of the week, reaching a high of 54 in New York on Feb. 21, compared with an average of 43 for the date, the AccuWeather forecast shows. About an inch of rain is expected to fall across the U.S. Northeast that day, according to Kines.
“Temperatures should be at or above normal for a good portion of the week,” Kines said. “It’s possible that we’re going to see a significant amount of rain in the East on Friday so with all that snow on the ground, there could be some flooding.”