The biggest storm of the year to affect the eastern United States continues to cause issues along the east coast. Heavy snow and very strong winds are making travel extremely hazardous and halting air travel at New York’s three major airports. Some of the larger reliever airports like Trenton, New Haven, and Morristown airports are currently closed because of the snow.
According to FlightAware, there are over 6,700 total flight cancellations for Tuesday, much of which are directly related to the weather. A majority of the flight at Newark-Liberty Intl., LaGuardia, Chicago O’Hare, JFK, and Boston airports have been cancelled. Wednesday isn’t shaping up to look much better with nearly 1,000 flights already cancelled. While the snow will have moved out of the area by Wednesday, it will take a couple of days for flights to return to normal. If you will be flying, be sure to check the status of your flight with your airline before heading to the airport.
Roads aren’t too bad but highways in the area are not moving very fast. A look at New York City’s Times Square shows roads that are passable but still messy. Conditions get worse toward Boston, MA, Manchester, NH and into Maine. Travel across parts of the Catskills and Poconos remains treacherous. Much of upstate New York is experiencing heavy snow and will continue to see heavy snow through the evening hours.
Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine all look to see heavy snow through the overnight hours and into early Wednesday before the storm moves into Canada. However, wrap around snow will stick around across the region through Wednesday and into Wednesday night, but this snow isn’t expected to be nearly as heavy.
Some reports as of 3:30 pm EDT Tuesday:
- Avalanches were reported in Wyoming County, PA in Tunkhannock, and Falls Township.
- Bloomsburg, PA: 21” Snow
- Hershey, PA: 15” Snow
- Montgomery, NY: 23.5” Snow
- Mt. Hope, NY: 23” Snow
- New Hartford, CT: 15.5” Snow
- Freehold, NY: 21” Snow
- Portsmouth, NH: Blizzard Conditions (41 MPH wind, 1/8 mile visibility)
- Various wind reports of winds between 40-50 MPH along the coastline.
When the snow ends, parts of the mountains could have 2-3 feet of snow on the ground, with 7-14” along the coast from Philadelphia, PA to Portland, ME. Recovery from the snowfall will likely take several days as crews work to clear roadways.
Another system will move through the area this weekend, bring some more snow initially, before changing to rain, then back to snow by Sunday. Fortunately, there’s no major snow storms in the future but the second half of March looks to remain active with the potential for another monster low pressure system to track over the Central Plains, bringing some snow and then rain back to the Northeast.
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