Winter Blizzard Blankets Northeast

21 in. of snow in Boston, 18 in parts of upstate New York

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A snow plow pushes snow through Times Square in New York, Jan. 3, 2014

Updated 1:12 p.m., Jan. 3

A blistering winter blizzard covered large swaths of the Northeast U.S. in snow Thursday, canceling flights, shutting down highways closing schools Friday and causing at least eleven deaths.

More than 100 million people — almost one-third of the U.S. population — were in the path of a storm that started battering the Midwest and the East Coast with snow early Thursday. By late Thursday night, the National Weather Service said 21 in. of snow had fallen in a town just north of Boston. About 18 in. fell on parts of upstate New York, and New York City was bracing for heavy snowfall overnight and into Friday morning. Schools in Boston and state government offices in Massachusetts will remain closed on Friday as Gov. Deval Patrick advised residents to remain indoors and avoid “very, very dangerous” temperatures. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and ordered three major highways across the state shut, the Associated Press reports.

There were sub-zero windchill temperatures in New York City overnight and into Friday morning, and John F. Kennedy International Airport was closed.

Across the country, more 2,300 flights have been canceled and 7,000 delayed, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. New York’s Port Authority prepared hundreds of cots for travelers stranded in airports, according to Reuters. In Boston, authorities at Logan International Airport had already canceled or delayed dozens of flights, the Boston Globe reports. The airport’s last departure Thursday was scheduled for 8:30 p.m., and planes will not be brought in for scheduled Friday-morning flights. Boston authorities warned that up to 2 ft. of snow could accumulate in some places.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning through Friday morning for the Northeastern U.S. on Thursday, warning that “falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibility are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions … making travel extremely dangerous.”

The warning contained a blunt piece of advice for those in the storm’s path: “Do not travel.”

The storm brought winter weather to parts of the country stretching from Illinois to the Eastern seaboard and Maine to North Carolina, with the harshest conditions expected in the area from West Virginia and Maryland to southern Maine, the Weather Channel reports. As the storm moves across the eastern U.S., temperatures in the region are plunging to below freezing, snarling transportation networks with up to a foot of snow in some places.

Residents of New York City braced for up to 12 in. of snow between Thursday evening and Friday morning, with wind chills as low as –10°F and temperatures expected to persist in the single digits into Saturday, CNN reports. Albany, in upstate New York, was facing up to 14 in. of snow and wind chills as cold as 25 below zero. The storm will be at its worst between 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday.

Up to 11 in. of snow were predicted to fall on Chicago on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, and more than 300 flights were canceled Thursday morning at O’Hare International Airport. As a central travel hub, O’Hare clocks in as the most affected airport by the storm. Newark’s Liberty International Airport, New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport are also among the most affected.

In the Midwest and southern U.S., the frigid air is expected to continue into next week. A blast of frigid wind broke record lows in Minnesota on Thursday and a second cold front will push farther south Monday and Tuesday bringing temperatures as low as zero as far south as Nashville.

[CNN]

This post has been updated to reflect changes in weather patterns. 

18 comments
moleman
moleman

A blistering winter blizzard...really? Not sure if this is just the florid writing of some freshly--minted, slack-jawed journalism major or just plain editorial laziness. Almost looks like first sentence was lifted from a summer heat wave story and the writer merely substituted "winter blizzard" (is there any other type of blizzard btw?) for "heat wave" What I think is real news is that Denver Nicks got paid to spew out this offal.. Laughing all the way to bank you no doubt are!

JustinHouser
JustinHouser

Let's pray for all those people hurt or killed by this powerful storm.  God works in mysterious ways, lets pray for their souls and for a speedy recovery.

BruceStrong
BruceStrong

Wow, global warming, wonder how the green heads are doing down in the Antarctica...?

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

Wow, snow in the wintertime....in the Northeast no less.  Who knew this could happen?!!!!  

john_rambo
john_rambo

Here in Bangkok I'm happy the aircon is working. Don't miss Chicago at all. Ha.

Tiger-Pi
Tiger-Pi

We have no alternative but to blame the heavy snow fall and blizzards on ' global climate change'. Not long ago  the US faced severe drought and faced forest fires. Seems Humankind may be facing  'Biblical' punishments' for our 'sins' of disturbing Nature. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

This is the reason Florida is becoming the 3rd largest state. 

CandySandie
CandySandie

Some folks deal with severe winter weather better than others. According to a report this afternoon, a lone Occupy Wall Street protester in Antarctica is continuing his fight despite -50 degree temperatures. Fight the power, dude! http://bit.ly/1deqL7s

breindrein
breindrein

And here im in johannesburg, aircon and fan on and still friggin dying of heat. That snow looks so refreshing. Want to roll around in it.

Canada
Canada

@Openminded1 Clam down you have a little snow and wind.  It isn't as if your entire city lost complete power for 7 days because of an ice storm.



JustinHouser
JustinHouser

Because old people can't get their walkers and wheelchairs into the snow to get to the Senior Center Van, that's why people are moving to Florida.  In Florida, even all dining establishments have built-in wheels.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Canada Wrong canada, I live in Florida i lost nothing except more time in traffic because all you canucks are down here staying warm and driving stupid.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@JustinHouser Funny, but for the younger set it is fun in the sun, beaches, and it is where all the scam artist go to rip off the old people.


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