Northeast Winter Storm Causes Flight Cancellations and Rough Travel
February is rounding off with a significant winter storm across the Northeast, causing rough road conditions, flight and school cancellations.
New England is forecast to get a foot of snow, while dangerous ice accumulations may cause power outages in the Southern Plains and the Mid-Atlantic.
The National Weather Service said that this storm might bring six inches to more than a foot of snow from central New York to New England before it tapers off at night on Friday. In addition, forecasters warn freezing rain could bring a quarter of an inch of ice to roads from Pennsylvania through Southern New England.
Tomorrow.io Meteorologists forecast snowfall rates of 1-2” per hour in the Boston area, possibly reaching 5-8.” Snow may mix with ice pellets then turn into freezing rain around noon. The wintry mix will continue through the afternoon but will convert back to just snowfall after 4 p.m. The snow is forecast to diminish into flurries by around 8 p.m. Friday. Snow accumulation totals look to be 8-12” by the end of Friday.
Officials have encouraged people to avoid unnecessary travel.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urged people to stay off the roads in light of flash freezing and icy roads.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont directed all state offices to close Friday and told staff to work remotely if possible.
“I strongly encourage everyone in Connecticut to stay off the roads on Friday morning unless absolutely necessary, particularly during the height of the storm so that DOT (Department of Transportation) crews can clear the roads and keep everyone safe,” Lamont said in a news release.
According to FlightAware, more than 60% of flights out of Boston’s Logan International Airport have been delayed or canceled. Friday’s total delays within or into the U.S. are 3,052 flights.
Grace Gagnon is the Product Marketing Manager of Tomorrow.io's B2C app. She previously worked at ProfitWell, a pricing optimization platform. Prior to entering the startup world, Grace worked as a television news reporter at WBNG-TV, where she covered severe weather and breaking news. Outside of Tomorrow, Grace enjoys reading, walking her dog, and crafting.