Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Weekend winter storm expected to cripple U.S

Weekend winter storm expected to cripple U.S

The National Weather Service said Saturday the Midwest and East Coast can expect "some of the coldest temperatures of the season by Monday morning".

The National Weather service has issued winter storm warnings for 15 different states, spanning from southeast Missouri to the top of ME and effecting more than 100 million people.

Travel through Sunday will be affected, with almost 2,000 flights involving domestic airports canceled, according to the flight-tracking site FlightAware.com.

"We've been sleeping, playing Candy Crush", said Xavi Ortega, a 32-year old engineer whose 10:30 p.m. flight to Barcelona was canceled. The flight came into the airport from Phoenix and 129 people were on the plane.

Meanwhile residents along the heavily populated coast from NY to Boston awoke Sunday having largely escaped major snowfall but bracing for plummeting temperatures that will likely lead to a hard freeze and potentially risky conditions. Some northern areas of New England could see up to 18 inches of snow.

The governor of NY also issued a statement earlier this week, cautioning residents to prepare for the coming storm, which will dump almost 2 feet of snow on some parts of the state over the weekend. At this time, it's uncertain exactly where the line between rain and snow will form.

'We think it's great, ' said Nicolet, who rushed to get outside with his son at 7 am.

Chicago was forecast to receive as much as 200mm and wind gusts in the Chicago area are expected to reach 56kph.


In New York City, the worst of the storm is expected from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, with snow accumulations of 3-6 inches followed by rain that could turn to ice as temperatures drop later Sunday.

Officials warned people to limit their time outside to prevent frostbite and avoid treacherous travel conditions. They also said to prepare for flooding and power outages in places. "These are risky conditions that we're going to be in and they're prolonged, right through tomorrow". "We are in the process of working with United Airlines and our city partners to recover the aircraft". Amtrak has canceled some trains along the northeast corridor, and more than 9,000 flights were delayed or canceled on Sunday according to FlightAware.com.

Winter Storm Harper caused hundreds of flights to be canceled, including a dozen in Dallas-Fort Worth, for Saturday and Sunday.

It caused travel problems as it dumped up to 10 inches of snow on parts of the Midwest Saturday. No injuries were reported. In Kansas, a snowplow driver was killed when the plow drove onto the shoulder of a road, turned over and rolled on top of him.

A 15-vehicle crash has blocked a section of Interstate 55 in southeastern Missouri as snow from a massive winter storm swept through the area and slicked roads.

President Donald Trump awed at the scale of the storm at in a tweet early Sunday morning, urging affected Americans to stay safe. 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.

'Amazing how big this system is.

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