Winter Storm Warning Continues for Twin Tiers

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

A deadly winter storm that pummeled the West Coast and northern Midwest as millions of travelers returned home from their Thanksgiving holiday is taking aim at the Northeast and likely to cause further flight cancellations and delays.

The NWS predicted snowfall of 6 to 12 inches for much of New York's lower Hudson Valley, interior northeast New Jersey, and interior southern CT from Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service predicted more than a foot (0.3 metres) of snow in swaths of upstate NY and New England, as well as ice accumulations in parts of Pennsylvania.

So far, the service estimates eastern MA has seen between two and three inches of accumulation, while the central and western parts of the state have observed higher totals ranging from nine inches in Spencer to 10 in Williamstown.

The system, which has been pummeling the USA since before Thanksgiving, has already dumped heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain.

The storm has been blamed for several deaths.

Wyoming road crews were able to reopen all of Interstate 25 and most of I-80 after strong winds abated early Sunday.

Authorities found the bodies of two young children in central Arizona after a vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen creek.

As tired travelers make their post-Thanksgiving trek back home - and back to work - two winter storms continue to disrupt travel plans throughout the nation. In a separate incident, a 48-year-old Louisiana man died. A third child is missing.

Record snowfall was recorded Saturday in Duluth, Minn., where almost 20 inches of snow covered the city. Major interstates in Colorado were also reopened.

Delays were starting to build Saturday at major airports including Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago's O'Hare International, according to the FlightAware website.

Across the state, precipitation is expected to wind down Tuesday morning, with rain rapidly tapering off in Boston between 8 and 10 a.m., she said.

Newark, New Jersey, has had 33 flight cancellations and some inbound planes are being delayed by an average of more than 2½ hours because of the weather.

More than 200 flights into or out of the USA were canceled Monday morning, with more than 700 delays. Boston is projected to get between 3 and 6 inches of snow, but Mayor Marty Walsh says schools will be open on Monday.

According to the forecast, the winter storm that brought snow and fierce winds to the Western and Great Plains states on Thanksgiving Day has been on the move to the east.

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