Published: Mon, January 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Travel 'Strongly Discouraged' During Weekend Snow Storm

Travel 'Strongly Discouraged' During Weekend Snow Storm

More than 460 flights were canceled Saturday morning at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, alone, and about 50 flights were canceled at Chicago's Midway International Airport.

Snow and ice covered freeways, highways and roads across parts of the Midwest as the storm moved Saturday toward the Northeast and New England.

Precipitation will be the heaviest overnight into Sunday and gradually end late Sunday afternoon.

Significant reductions in visibility are possible as snow combines with winds gusting up to seventy miles per hour.

Some areas in the storm's path saw ice instead of snow.

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Inland areas of the Northeast and New England will likely see the most accumulation, with up to 2 feet of snow possible. Areas where the storm had already moved out by midday faced bitter cold and strong winds.

With heavy snow Sunday morning making for rough driving conditions, houses of worship across the state canceled morning services and businesses closed doors for the day.

In Chicago, where some neighborhoods received 8 inches (20 cm) of snow, a third of flights were canceled at the city's two main airports, said Mark Duell, vice president of operations for tracking firm FlightAware.

Meanwhile, snow turned over into sleet and freezing rain mid-morning Sunday in southern ME and along the midcoast as the storm progressed through the state, according to Eric Sinsabaugh, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Gray. In New York City, the worst of the storm is expected from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

The Lehigh Valley is still expected to feel the effects of the first big winter storm of 2019, but forecasters are pulling back on their initial snowfall estimates. And temperatures are expected to drop drastically overnight, with high tempertures Sunday and Monday only in the single digits. Over the course of the weekend, it's expected to impact much of the Midwest and Northeast, and send rain into the Southeast.

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