It may not technically be winter yet, but don't tell that to the 50
million Americans in the northeastern U.S. who were saying hello Tuesday
to another winter storm that was snarling commutes and travel
The storm brought rain to North Carolina, with the
first snow falling in Washington around dawn. Commuters in the
Washington, D.C., area were greeted with pounding snow, and the federal
government shut its doors for the day.
"It's a fast moving storm
but it's coming down hard," said AccuWeather meteorologist Mike Doll.
"Some places will see 1-2 inches an hour."
Parts of Maryland and
Pennsylvania could see the biggest snow totals. The National Weather
Service was forecasting up to 7 inches of snow for Baltimore and
So far, the highest snow reports this morning by
state included: 6.5 inches in Red Lion, Pa.; 6 inches in Manchester,
Md.; 5 inches in Cross Junction; Va, and 4.8 inches in Bunker Hill, W.
Va., according to AccuWeather meteorologist Jesse Ferrell.
and airlines were scrambling. More than 1,000 flights had been canceled
nationwide as of 9 a.m., according to flight-tracking service
At Newark Liberty, more than 230 flights (combined
departures and arrivals) had been canceled as of 9 a.m. ET. More than
100 cancellations are being reported at a number of other busy airports
in the region, including New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia and Washington
Reagan National. Washington Dulles has about 90 cancellations, a number
that was likely to grow as snow remains in the forecast there through
The National Weather Service was forecasting snow
for the I-95 corridor from Washington to Boston, and issued winter
weather advisories and winter storm warnings for Tuesday from
southwestern Virginia to southern New England.
meteorologist Bruce Sullivan said the new storm will sweep in from the
southwest and bring rain to the South and snow from Virginia to southern
New England before it fades. The Baltimore-Washington area will get the
worst of it, he said.
The storm is forecast to bring an average
of 3 inches to most spots, but a few locations along the I-95 corridor
can receive up to around 7 inches, the weather service said.
snow will last an average of six to eight hours; cities such as
Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Hartford, Conn.,
Providence, R.I., and Boston should all see snow, according to
AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
This is bad news for air
travelers following a dreadful day Monday, when 1,900 flights were
canceled and another 8,100 delayed, according to flight-tracking company
Monday was a day to dig out after a swath of snow
and ice plastered the landscape from Virginia to New England, causing
highway pileups Sunday and disrupting commuters Monday morning.
winter storms are being fueled in part by an Arctic blast of frigid air
that froze highways in the middle of the country over the weekend.
Frigid temperatures remained in place Monday for most of the
north-central U.S., with many locations at or near 0 degrees. Minot,
N.D., reached 5 degrees Monday afternoon, the city's first above-zero
reading since last Wednesday.
Nationally, the USA is seeing an
unusually snowy December: In all, 66.9% of the USA was snow covered as
of Monday, according to data from the National Weather Service. That
percentage was the highest for the date in at least the past 10 years.