Major Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc in Northeastern U.S.

Arturo Kim
January 22, 2019

The storm moved Saturday toward the Northeast and New England.

A unsafe winter storm moved across the Midwest and Northeast this past weekend, blanketing areas of the region with snow and bringing some of the lowest temperatures of the season.

Meteorologists warned the primary concern now is plunging temperatures that will be some of the coldest felt so far this season.

In New England, they'll fall to as low as -20F and -35F in parts of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, the service said.

The alert came as the National Weather Service said 25 to 30 miles per hour (40 to 48 kph) winds were expected to decrease to 14 to 19 miles per hour after midnight. These are unsafe conditions that we're going to be in'.

The freeze will follow the weekend's run-ins with power outages, canceled trains and planes, overnight stays at the airport and traffic jams.

As ice accumulated on trees and power lines Sunday, utilities in CT reported more than 20,000 customers without power, the Associated Press reports.

Sleet and freezing rain is falling in much of the region and forecasters are warning of a flash freeze with temperatures plummeting later Sunday.

For Sunday, Amtrak has canceled six of its Keystone Service trains that normally travel from NY to Philadelphia and then on to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Midway delays ran less than 15 minutes.

Interruptions to air travel are also likely, both for the cities impacted by the storm, and due to disruptions at hub airports in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, and Detroit.

The storm caused travel issues throughout the country with 1,268 flights within, into, or out of the United States delayed and 1,515 flights canceled, according to online flight tracker FlightAware.

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Typically bustling security lines, ticketing counters and baggage claims were largely deserted Sunday morning.

No injuries were reported on the United Airlines flight at O'Hare International Airport as it arrived Saturday morning from Phoenix, Chicago Fire officials said.

Ortega, a 32-year-old engineer, says the couple slept a bit and played Candy Crush to pass the time.

Amtrak canceled some trains Saturday from Chicago to Washington and NY and between NY and Boston and Pennsylvania on Sunday.

A winter storm hit the Chicago area Friday night and dumped five inches of snow on O'Hare by noon, according to the National Weather Service.

A snowplow driver was killed in Kansas after a crash and in southeastern Missouri a 15-vehicle pile up on Interstate 55 was caused by treacherous conditions caused on Saturday.

The storm prompted the cancellation of a Special Olympics competition in upstate NY. Some areas in the storm's path saw ice instead of snow.

"We think it's great", Nicholas Nicolet said during the storm.

President Donald Trump appeared fascinated by the sheer size of the winter storm, but also used it as an opportunity to mock global warming theorists. He has conflated short-term weather patterns with longer-term climate change before, even though it's at odds with the White House's own National Climate Assessment.

"A bigger system is coming late Monday night and into Tuesday", said meteorologist Jim Murray, who is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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