Nor’easter: New York City schools closed; Flights have been cancelled
- A snow emergency has been declared in Boston.
- New York City public schools have announced a move to distance learning.
- Hundreds of flights were canceled at Boston and New York airports.
School closures were announced Tuesday in major cities including Boston and New York, hundreds of flights were canceled and drivers warned of dangerous conditions as a winter storm approached.
The system has been named Winter Storm Lorraine by The Weather Channel. It was on track to become a nor’easter as it approached the East Coast, which happens when a strong area of low pressure is characterized by winds coming from the northeast off the Atlantic Ocean.
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Increased flight cancellations; Drivers have been warned to stay home
Hundreds of flights were canceled Tuesday at Boston and New York-area airports ahead of the storm, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks air traffic. The largest airports affected as of Monday evening were LaGuardia, Boston Logan, John F. Kennedy and Newark.
Airlines including Delta and United have waived change fees at major airports in cities along the storm’s path, including Baltimore, Boston, New York metro, Philadelphia and Washington.
Driving on and around portions of the Interstate 95 corridor can become hazardous. Travelers and passengers are advised to check road conditions and weather forecast along their entire route.
Preparations are underway across the Northeast
Crews across the area prepared Monday afternoon to begin salting roads, with hundreds of personnel, vehicles and snow removal equipment on stand.
In Morris County, New Jersey, residents were advised to think twice before going out tonight or tomorrow morning.
“Usually we see that’s where the problem is, either we have vehicles on the road that aren’t equipped to be there or people who don’t feel comfortable driving in the conditions that our increased emergency response comes in,” Jeffrey Ball, the county’s director of emergency management, told Northjersey.com. Emergency. We always ask people to act smart.
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School closures were announced in several cities.
“Please stay off the roads tomorrow,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday, according to WCVB-TV. “Where possible, make plans to stay indoors.”
The city’s mayor declared a snow emergency, placing parking restrictions to make room for snow removal equipment.
Dozens of school districts across Rhode Island also announced closures or transitions to virtual learning.
In Pennsylvania, vehicle restrictions will be in place at 3 a.m. Tuesday along all or portions of several major roadways including the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstates 78, 80, 84 and 99.
How much snow will it fall in New York City?
The storm carries the potential for snowfall amounts not seen in the Big Apple in more than two years.
“The last time Central Park had a snowstorm of 3-6 inches or more was January 28-29, 2022, when it reached 8.5 inches. “This storm will likely be the most violent since that storm, with accurate forecast totals dependent on precipitation changing to snow,” Chris Dolce, Weather.com’s chief meteorologist, said Monday morning.
“Where it snows, the snowfall will be very heavy. Some places could see snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour.”
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Total accumulation could reach a foot in places like Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, in addition to high winds.
“I think we’re going to have some intermittent power outages, and we’re going to have some coastal flooding due to high tides,” said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist at Weather.com.
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