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