Snow slams Northeast, disrupts f lights
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.