Boston weather conditions were clear Sunday morning, but both the Philadelphia airport and JFK airport were already dealing with cancellations due to the major blizzard expected to wallop the region later in the day. Starting around noon in Boston and earlier elsewhere, the snow was expected to start falling, creating blizzard conditions with winds up to 65 MPH expected and up to 20 inches in some parts.
The Midwest has already been hit with snowstorms earlier this season, but this will be the first major snowstorm of the season for the East Coast.
Here are some of the totals expected across the Northeast:
New York City: 11-16" of snow was expected by the end of the storm, according to the New York Times.
Airlines grounded hundreds of flights Sunday along the Northeast corridor in anticipation of the storm, affecting major airports including New York’s JFK and Newark. Airlines said more cancellations were likely as the storm progressed.
Boston: Boston was under a blizzard warning, parking bans were in effect and people were urged to stay home. 20" were expected in some areas.
National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said sustained winds of 35 miles per hour are likely to make visibility so limited that people should stay home if at all possible. The warning applies to all of Massachusetts east of Worcester, except for Cape Cod.
Philadelphia: Philly was expecting around a foot of snow by the time all is said and done.
Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed Saturday, especially in hard-hit Southern states, and airlines were warning of additional cancellations Sunday.
The storm had already affected parts of the South where car accidents were piling up in the South and the Tennessee road conditions were not good, but the major brunt of the storm was expected in the Northeast.
Batten down the hatches! It is bound to be a grounded couple of days for those of us in the Northeast.
What are you doing to prepare?
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