January 01, 2014
A winter storm is expected to dump as much as a foot of snow across parts of the U.S Northeast and bring blizzard conditions to Long Island, threatening road closures after causing hundreds of flights to be canceled.
As much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow may fall in New York City, northern New Jersey and the lower Hudson River valley through tomorrow, a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service shows. Boston could receive 14 inches.
“In the I-95 corridor the daylight hours are not going to be all that bad,” said Carl Erickson, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “The core of the storm from Boston down to New York City and Philadelphia will be Thursday night into Friday morning.”
Long Island may be swept by winds of 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour while receiving as much as 10 inches of snow, according to the weather service. Visibility may be cut to less than a quarter mile and wind chills could make temperatures feel close to minus-10 Fahrenheit (minus-23 Celsius.) As driving conditions deteriorate, the state may close the Long Island Expressway and other thoroughfares, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a meeting with reporters yesterday.
More than 70 percent of all winter-storm deaths are automobile related, according to the National Fire Protection Association, a Quincy, Massachusetts-based non-profit advocate for safety codes.
“Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibility are likely,” according to a National Weather Service blizzard warning. “This will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel have a winter-survival kit with you.”
While the storm threatens to disrupt ground transportation, air traffic is already feeling the effects. As of 9 p.m. yesterday, 506 flights around the U.S. were canceled, the majority of them at Cleveland, Newark and Chicago, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service.
Along the U.S. East Coast, snow will start tapering off and coming to an end tomorrow, AccuWeather’s Erickson said.
“It is a quick mover, there is nothing holding it back,” he said.
Farther to the west, heavy snow is expected to keep falling in Chicago and the Midwest throughout the day, according to the weather service.
Winter weather advisories stretch from Kansas to Maine. A lake-effect snow warning is in place for Chicago, where as much as 10 inches may fall today. Yesterday, 912 flights were canceled around the U.S., with 608 arrival and departures scrubbed at Chicago’s OâHare International Airport.
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