News

Heavy snow brings wintry blast, travel disruption

Heavy snow brings wintry blast, travel disruption

WINTER WEATHER: A worker de-ices an airplane sitting at a gate near terminal C as a man in a tractor removes snow from the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York. Photo: Reuters/Joshua Lott

(Reuters) – A heavy winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow bore down on the East Coast on Wednesday, prompting a state of emergency in New Jersey and the closure of some schools.

Areas from the lower Great Lakes eastward through central New England should see ample snowfall before the system moves out to sea by Wednesday evening, said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

A day after the storm pounded the nation’s mid-section, there was a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain hitting a swath north of Washington, D.C. through New York City, with building snowfall in Boston and parts of New England, Thompson said.

“It’s going to be a mess,” Thompson said. “The heavy snow is going to be up toward Boston and inland from the Coast.”

Residents and state officials were taking precautions, with officials postponing legislative work and closing schools.

Schools in Providence, Rhode Island, were ordered closed Wednesday due to the approaching storm.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and ordered state offices closed on Wednesday for all non-essential workers.

“I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations,” Christie said in a written statement.

More than 2,000 U.S. flights were canceled early on Wednesday morning, with more than 250 delayed, according to Flightaware.com, a website that tracks air traffic.

A second patch of snowfall that was approaching Cleveland and Detroit would likely move across to the New York and New England areas later in the day, Thompson said.

New York issued a hazardous travel advisory for Wednesday and Mayor Bill de Blasio told residents to prepare for a difficult commute.

The storm set up Monday night over southwestern Kansas and was peaking over Kansas City on Tuesday. More than 7 inches of snow had fallen in the Kansas City area by the early evening.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Rosalind Russell)

Recent Headlines

4 hours ago in National

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia dead at 79

scalia

Scalia, appointed to the top U.S. court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, was known for his strident conservative views and theatrical flair in the courtroom.

1 hour ago in Local Sports

WWU women and men in action tonight

Fresh
WWU Vikings hoops basketball Western Washington

You can hear all the action between the WWU women and Saint Martin's on our sister AM930 KBAI and 930kbai.com. Coverage begins at 6:35 p.m.

2 hours ago in Sports

No. 6 Kansas edges No. 3 Oklahoma

self

Kansas notched its fifth straight win and snapped Oklahoma's 19-game home winning streak.

2 hours ago in Local Sports

Shiloh Keo charged with DUI in Idaho

broncos

An Idaho State Police dispatcher says the 28-year-old Everett native was taken into custody just after 2 a.m. Saturday and booked into the Ada County Jail.

4 hours ago in Local Sports

Colorado survives furious Washington rally

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, file photo, Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar, center, talks with his team during a break in play in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California in Los Angeles. Whistles have become the soundtrack for Washington basketball. The Huskies lead the country in number of players to foul out and are well on their way to seeing the most players foul out of any team in the past 20 seasons. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)

Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies suffered their third consecutive loss.