Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Northeast gets its turn with messy storm of snow, rain, wind

Northeast gets its turn with messy storm of snow, rain, wind

Hundreds of flights are being canceled because of the winter storm sweeping across the USA, leaving travelers scrambling to get home after Thanksgiving.

Moving south and east, expected snowfall totals drop, with 8 to 12 inches in a band between Newburyport and Springfield, 4 to 6 inches between Boston and Foxborough, and 1 to 2 inches between Plymouth and New Bedford. Heavy snow was possible in the Appalachian Mountains down to Tennessee and North Carolina.

Alana Kirkpatrick didn't enjoy her 5 a.m. "workout" in Nashua, New Hampshire, which consisted of removing heaps of snow from her auto.

"We want to bring her home safely to her family", said Lt. Virgil Dodd of the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

In areas not already bludgeoned by the first wave, schools closed preemptively as rain was expected to turn into snow in the region's first significant storm of the season, a nor'easter so named because the winds typically come from the northeast.

Inland areas appeared to be in for the worst of it, with the forecast in Albany, New York, predicting 6 to 14 inches.

In general, forecasters say rain and a wintry mix dropping across the state will change to all snow by late morning and early afternoon.

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Only 3 inches of snow was forecast for New York City and 5 inches for Philadelphia. Up to 9 inches, though, was possible in Boston by Tuesday night. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has put the National Guard on standby and told non-essential state workers to stay home.

Delays were starting to build Saturday at major airports including Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago's O'Hare International, according to the FlightAware website. NY also posted lower speed limits on some highways.

Only 3in of snow was expected in New York City. Many schools and colleges, including Syracuse University, are closed today.

"The trans-continental storm system that has hammered the western USA andnorthern Plains with heavy snow and strong winds has now reached the GreatLakes region", the National Weather Service said in a bulletin on Sunday.

Winter weather advisories were expanded Sunday morning to include much of northeast New Jersey, southern Westchester County in NY, and much of southern CT. Ice accumulations are predicted in parts of Pennsylvania.

The storm, which for days has been dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with heavy rain, has been responsible for several deaths, according to reports.

In Wyoming and Colorado, major roads were beginning to reopen a day after snow and high winds caused blizzard conditions and clogged roads with snow drifts.

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