Flights are dis­rupted in N.J., N.Y. as win­try weather moves into North­east

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - RTD WEATHER DESK - The Washington Post and The New York Times con­trib­uted to this report.

NEW YORK — A win­try storm that has been tor­ment­ing trav­el­ers across the U.S. since be­fore Thanks­giv­ing moved to the North­east on Sun­day, pack­ing one last punch of snow and ice as peo­ple made their way home af­ter the hol­i­day week­end.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice pre­dicted more than a foot of snow in swaths of up­state New York and New Eng­land, as well as ice ac­cu­mu­la­tions in parts of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Flights were dis­rupted Sun­day af­ter­noon as a clus­ter of air­ports in the North­east ex­pe­ri­enced av­er­age de­lays of at least an hour be­cause of wind, snow or mixed pre­cip­i­ta­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Of­fi­cials said trav­el­ers fly­ing to the Newark, N.J., air­port as well as New York’s La Guardia and John F. Kennedy air­ports could ex­pect de­lays of be­tween 1 to 4½ hours.

The de­lays were also long across the coun­try at San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port, where high winds caused ar­rivals and de­par­tures to stall by more than 4 hours on av­er­age. The Bay Area was un­der a high wind warn­ing.

Sev­eral ma­jor air­lines, in­clud­ing Delta and Amer­i­can Air­lines, were waiv­ing flightchan­ge fees for pas­sen­gers likely to be stranded by the storms.

On Sun­day evening, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in­creased the snow­fall forecast for the Philadel­phia; New York City; Prov­i­dence, R.I.; and Bos­ton ar­eas, not­ing that fi­nal tal­lies may be higher depend­ing on the storm’s track and in­ten­sity.

In in­te­rior Mas­sachusetts, more than a foot was likely in at least two ar­eas — one just west of the Black­stone Val­ley from Worces­ter to Fitch­burg, with an­other along the east slopes of the Berk­shires. The Weather Ser­vice was call­ing for as much as 14 to 16 inches there. A foot of snow may even fall closer to Bos­ton, near Route 128, mak­ing the morn­ing com­mute dif­fi­cult there on Mon­day.

Heavy snow was also forecast to ex­tend into cen­tral and south­ern Ver­mont and New Hamp­shire. The Hud­son Val­ley of New York and por­tions of north­east­ern New Jersey could pick up at least sev­eral inches of snow be­fore the storm ex­its on Mon­day.

New York City and Long Is­land were ex­pected to see 1 to 4 inches of snow.

The same storm has been pum­mel­ing the U.S. for days as it moves cross coun­try, dump­ing heavy snow from parts of Cal­i­for­nia to the north­ern Mid­west.

Win­try weather was set­tling over the Ap­palachi­ans on Sun­day morn­ing be­hind the storm’s cold front, where win­ter storm warn­ings pep­pered the high ter­rain of east­ern Ten­nessee and west­ern North Carolina.

For parts of Penn­syl­va­nia and West Vir­ginia, though, the story was one of freez­ing rain — enough to cre­ate a treach­er­ous glaze. With up to a quar­ter-inch of ic­ing ex­pected, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice warned of “nearly im­pos­si­ble” travel con­di­tions and spo­radic power out­ages.


Stephen Wil­lard headed through the snow to his apart­ment in Keene, N.H., Sun­day. The same storm sys­tem ear­lier dumped heavy snow from parts of Cal­i­for­nia to the north­ern Mid­west.

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