Dangerous storm in the Northeast will affect travel
A big storm set to hit the northeastern part of the U.S. Friday has many airlines being proactive, canceling flights early to try to keep planes, crews and passengers away from snowed-in airports.
At Indianapolis International Airport, a few flights coming from Newark, New Jersey and New York's LaGuardia Airport were already canceled at six o'clock Friday morning. One couple we talked with at the airport was trying to get to Costa Rica, but are having to change their flights due to the weather.
Up to 2 feet of snow is forecast along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond.
Amtrak will suspend trains Friday and many schools in the northeast have already closed.
The powerful Nor'Easter is poised to dump up to two feet of snow in some parts of the northeast. The snow is expected to start Friday morning, with the heaviest amounts falling at night and into Saturday. Wind gusts could reach 75 miles per hour. Widespread power failures were feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October.
Boston could get up to three feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 14 inches. To the south, Philadelphia was looking at a possible 4 to 6 inches.
In New England, this storm could prove to be among the top 10 snowstorms in U.S. history.
Before the first snowflake had fallen, Boston, Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and other towns and cities in New England and upstate New York towns canceled school Friday, and airlines scratched more than 3,700 flights through Saturday, with the disruptions from the blizzard certain to ripple across the U.S.
The snow began falling Friday morning in some areas, with the heaviest amounts falling at night and into Saturday. Wind gusts could reach 75 mph. Widespread power failures were feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October.
Boston could get up to 3 feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 12 inches. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said plows and 250,000 tons of salt were being put on standby. To the south, Philadelphia was looking at a possible 2 to 5 inches.
In the southeast Massachusetts town of Whitman, where up to 30 inches of snow is forecast, public works crews were clearing crosswalk signs, trash barrels and anything else that might impede plows later in the day.
"We've had instances where they have predicted something big and it's petered out," said Dennis Smith, a DPW worker. "I don't think this is going to be one of those times."
Smith's partner, Bob Trumbull, sounded a note of optimism, saying the relative lack of snow earlier this winter would make this storm easier to clean up.
"At least there is room for this snow. There are no snow banks so we will have a place to put it," Trumbull said.