A pair of winter storms continues to make a mess of air travel across the U.S. More delays and cancellations are expected to mount into Wednesday as these storms converge over the Northeast.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andy Mussoline said near-blizzard conditions will have the potential to shut down Boston Logan International Airport during the day Wednesday.
Airports across the South are still experiencing severe backlogs in the wake of the snow and ice storm that pummeled the region Sunday into Monday. Ripple-effect delays and cancellations have been a resultant problem nationwide.
The map of airport delays was showing them to be significant at airports from Florida to New York City, Boston and Chicago and moderate delays spanning airports farther west through Texas, Colorado, Arizona and along the West Coast Tuesday afternoon.
At Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world's busiest airport, there were only a few flights that took off or landed during a several-hour period Tuesday morning. The airport usually averages several hundred take-offs and landings per hour.
Atlanta picked up more than 4 inches of snow Sunday into Sunday night with freezing rain and drizzle following into early Tuesday.
Luggage sits at an empty baggage claim as a severe storm canceled most flights at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A snowstorm plowing through the Midwest has only been adding to travel problems. Another major airport hub, Chicago O'Hare International, has been hit hard with delays averaging longer than 3 hours as of Tuesday afternoon.
If that weren't enough, the storm that shut down travel across the South and the other storm moving through the Midwest are going to converge into one major snowstorm for the Northeast tonight into Wednesday.
The major hubs of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston will all be affected with the worst of the storm targeting New England. The storm is expected to dump 12-18 inches of snow in Boston, 6-12 inches in New York City and 4-8 inches in Philadelphia.
Mussoline has more details on just how bad the storm will be in the Northeast in this AccuWeather.com news story.
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East Coast (1978)
Massive Northeaster buried East Coast cities - 18 in. NYC, 16 in. Philadelphia, 14 in. Baltimore. Referred to as the blizzard of '78. It was the worst winter storm in coastal New England history. Monumental surf from hurricane force winds battered the coastline. Boston 27.2 in. snow, near 50 in. in NW Rhode Island. 75 deaths. $500 million damage.
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12.4 inches of snow.
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