Ma­jor win­ter storm bar­rels up East Coast

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

NASHVILLE, TENN: A win­ter storm that brought a rare white Christ­mas to parts of the South was bar­rel­ing up the East Coast early Sun­day, with fore­cast­ers pre­dict­ing 6 to 10 inches of snow for Washington and bliz­zard con­di­tions for New York City and New Eng­land.

Air­lines can­celed hun­dreds of Sun­day flights in the North­east cor­ri­dor, with more likely to come as the storm intensifies.

Mary­land, Vir­ginia and North Carolina de­clared states of emer­gency early Sun­day or Satur­day night. As North Carolina road crews tried to clear snowy and icy high­ways, Mid-At­lantic of­fi­cials spent Christ­mas Day pre­par­ing for up to a foot of snow, plung­ing tem­per­a­tures and high winds.

"Our con­cern is to­mor­row it's go­ing to get sig­nif­i­cantly colder," Vir­ginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told The Weather Chan­nel on Satur­day evening. "Winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour will cause blow­ing snow and that's go­ing to cause the worst of it ... and we're urg­ing ex­treme cau­tion in travel. Try to get home early and if you don't have to travel don't go."

Con­ti­nen­tal Air­lines can­celed 250 Sun­day de­par­tures from Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port out­side New York City. United Air­lines an­nounced late Satur­day that it had can­celed dozens of Sun­day de­par­tures from Ne­wark, Philadel­phia, New York's LaGuardia and JFK, Bos­ton and other air­ports. AirTran also can­celed flights, as did South­west Air­lines, mostly in or out of Washington Dulles, Bal­ti­more and Ne­wark.

South­west spokesman Brad Hawkins said most of the can­cel­la­tions were for the af­ter­noon, and that flights in New York and Bos­ton would also likely to be af­fected. More de­ci­sions will be made Sun­day morn­ing.

Most car­ri­ers were waiv­ing fees for one-time changes in af­fected ar­eas and urg­ing pas­sen­gers to make changes through their web­sites.

The mon­ster storm is the re­sult of a low pres­sure sys­tem that will in­ten­sify off the North Carolina coast on Sun­day morn­ing and strengthen into a ma­jor storm as it moves north­east, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

A bliz­zard warn­ing was is­sued for New York City for Sun­day and Mon­day, with a fore­cast of 11 to 16 inches of snow and strong winds that will re­duce vis­i­bil­ity to near zero at times. As much as 18 inches could fall on the New Jersey shore with wind gusts over 40 mph. A bliz­zard warn­ing was also in ef­fect for Rhode Is­land and most of east­ern Mas­sachusetts in­clud­ing Bos­ton, with fore­cast­ers pre­dict­ing 15 to 20 inches of snow from noon Sun­day to 6 p.m. Mon­day. A bliz­zard warn­ing is is­sued when snow is ac­com­pa­nied by sus­tained winds or gusts over 35 mph.

Early Sun­day, win­ter storm warn­ings cov­ered north­ern Ge­or­gia, the Caroli­nas, Washington, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Is­land, Mas­sachusetts and the east­ern sec­tions of Mary­land, Vir­ginia, Penn­syl­va­nia and New York. Win­ter weather ad­vi­sories were in ef­fect for east­ern Ten­nessee and Ken­tucky, West Vir­ginia and north­west Vir­ginia. -Reuters

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