NEW YORK (Reuters) – A widening snowstorm with an encore of freezing rain froze the U.S. Midwest on Tuesday and headed east, inflicting a whole bunch of flight cancellations and shutting colleges, and was anticipated to tangle New York and Boston’s night rush hour.
As a lot as 1 foot (30 cm) of snow was predicted for inland components of New England, in addition to as much as four inches (10 cm) in New York Metropolis and as much as 5 inches (13 cm) in Boston earlier than turning to freezing rain within the late afternoon, stated meteorologist Dan Petersen with the Nationwide Climate Service in Faculty Park, Maryland.
“The large cities alongside the coast are going to have a fairly fast changeover from snow to sleet and freezing rain and finally rain,” Petersen stated in a telephone interview. “The hazard of snow altering to freezing rain is folks slip and slide fairly a bit and that is the reason for accidents when folks lose management of their automobiles.”
The storm by early morning had froze Illinois and Michigan and was shifting by way of Wisconsin into northern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York state. The widening storm was anticipated to achieve as far south as northern Delaware and Maryland, Petersen stated.
Greater than 1,600 flights into and out of america have been canceled on Tuesday, most of them at airports in Chicago, New York and Boston, based on FlightAware.com.
Forward of the storm, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency, and a whole bunch of colleges have been closed for the day.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis)