Snow slams North­east, dis­rupts f lights

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - WEATHER DESK -

AL­BANY, N.Y. — A seem­ingly end­less win­try storm that hin­dered travel across most of the coun­try over the long hol­i­day week­end was de­liv­er­ing a last wal­lop as it swooped through the North­east on Mon­day, dump­ing heavy snow, shut­ter­ing hundreds of schools and be­dev­il­ing com­muters.

The storm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of the re­gion late Sun­day and Mon­day and could bring 10 to 24 inches to­tal by Tues­day from Penn­syl­va­nia to Maine, fore­cast­ers said.

Heavy snow was also ex­pected in the Ap­palachian Moun­tains down to Ten­nessee and North Carolina.

More than 800 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were can­celed Mon­day, with more than 6,600 de­lays, ac­cord­ing to the flight track­ing site FlightAwar­e. Air­ports in the New York and Bos­ton ar­eas ac­counted for many of them. There were 950 can­cel­la­tions and 8,800 de­lays on Sun­day.

The storm caused ma­jor traf­fic dis­rup­tions. Trac­tor-trail­ers were banned or lower speed lim­its were put in place on stretches of high­way in New Jersey and Penn­syl­va­nia.

Mas­sachusetts Gov. Char­lie Baker urged driv­ers to use cau­tion dur­ing the Tues­day morn­ing com­mute when the storm was ex­pected to be at its height, with snow fall­ing at 1 to 2 inches an hour in some places. Bos­ton Mayor Marty Walsh said city schools were can­cel­ing classes and af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties Tues­day.

By Mon­day af­ter­noon, the storm had dropped 27 inches of snow in ru­ral

De­lan­son, N.Y., 25 miles north­west of Al­bany — the high­est snow to­tal in the North­east so far. Fore­cast­ers pre­dict ac­cu­mu­la­tions near 30 inches by Tues­day morn­ing in parts of Ver­mont’s Green Moun­tains.

Gov. An­drew Cuomo de­clared a state of emer­gency Mon­day for seven coun­ties in east­ern New York and as­signed 300 Na­tional Guard mem­bers to help with snow re­moval.

State po­lice re­sponded to more than 740 storm­re­lated crashes statewide.

Cuomo told nonessen­tial state em­ploy­ees to stay home.

At least four coun­ties closed schools Mon­day in West Vir­ginia, where 2 inches to a foot of snow was fore­cast. Closer to the In­ter­state 95 cor­ri­dor, a win­try mix was more likely.

The Na­tional Park Ser­vice said parts of the Blue Ridge Park­way in North Carolina and U.S. 441 through Great Smoky Moun­tains Na­tional Park were closed be­cause of heavy snow pre­dic­tions.

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