REPORTS: Northeast Blizzard Cancels Nearly 1,500 Flights

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
January 03, 2014; 8:52 PM
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Update at 10:50 a.m. EST Friday:

This blog is no longer live as conditions are improving across the Northeast. Detailed reports of the event can be found below. For photos of the event, read 'PHOTOS: Snowstorm Buries Midwest, Northeast.'


A major snowstorm is continuing to impact parts of the Northeast Friday morning after dumping several inches of snow in cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh since Thursday.

The worst of the storm is focusing along the New England coast where upwards of a foot of snow have been reported. Gusty winds also accompanied this snow, making for blizzard conditions from New York to Boston with wind gusts as high as 50 mph.

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Drivers can expect slowed travel as blowing and drifting of snow occurs across major roadways, such as I-90 and I-95, and visibility lowers.

As of Friday morning, the storm had cancelled more than 1,000 flights in the Northeast.

For the full story, read Blizzard to Reach From NYC to Boston Thursday Night.


All times reported in EST

10:31 a.m. EST Friday: After experiencing numerous delays early this morning, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has resumed normal service on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines. Surfaces, however, may still be slippery, they advise.

9:46 a.m. EST Friday: Road crews remain at work in New York City. Photo via Twitter user @rightsouthpaw, Erin Cassidy:

9:05 a.m. EST Friday: "Areas southeast of Boston are still being hit hard. The Cape and Islands will see the heaviest snow over the next several hours," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dan DePodwin said. "Blowing and drifting snow remains common in many areas from DC to Boston."

8:55 a.m. EST Friday:

7:57 a.m. EST Friday: Snow is still falling and blowing as far as Dover, Del., but should taper off shortly.

7:10 a.m. EST Friday: Nearly 1,500 flights have been canceled across airports in the Northeast Friday morning, according to FlightStats. JFK International Airport remains closed altogether until 8:30 a.m. Friday, the FAA reports.

6:53 a.m. EST Friday: Vehicle ban on New York's Long Island Expressway and I-84 to remain in place until 8 a.m. Friday, according to N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo.

5:30 a.m. EST Friday: Moderate delays already being reported at most major East Coast airports, including JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, Logan, Philadelphia and Reagan. Hundreds of incoming and outgoing flights canceled out of LaGuardia, Newark, Logan and O'Hare airports. (via FlightStats)

3:47 a.m. EST Friday: Snow continues to fall steadily across much of Massachusetts with temperatures in the single digits in many areas.

2:45 a.m. EST Friday: 10.5 inches of snow so far in Wilmington, Mass., with snow still falling, according to NWS spotter.

1:25 a.m. EST Friday: Snow flurries are being reported as far south as Atlanta, Ga.

1:10 a.m. EST Friday: Up to 5 inches of snow has fallen so far across parts of Long Island, NWS reports.

11:45 p.m. EST Thursday: Snow cover roads have lead to dozens of accidents from Maryland to Massachusetts, including this one caught on camera in southern New Jersey.

10:05 p.m. EST Thursday: 21 inches in Boxford, Mass., National Weather Service spotter reports.

9:35 p.m. EST Thursday: Right now in Boston, Mass., AccuWeather.com RealFeel® is -24 degrees. "Temperatures are going to go down near zero as heavy snow continues to fall," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said. "AccuWeather.com RealFeel® could be down to between -30 and -35 degrees by daybreak."

8:35 p.m. EST Thursday: Multiple accidents reported along I-90 New York State Thruway outside Utica, N.Y. Roads in the area are snow-covered with some icy patches, according to the New York Department of Transportation.

8:20 p.m. EST Thursday: The New York City Department of Transportation announced that the Long Island Expressway and the New York State Thruway from New York City to Albany, will be closed from midnight Thursday until 5 a.m. EST Friday due to inclement weather.

8:15 p.m. EST Thursday: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Rail Road will operate on weekend schedules starting Friday due to the storm.

7:27 p.m. EST Thursday: No delays reported yet at Boston Logan International Airport but visibility in the area is down to a quarter-mile. In nearby Boxford, Mass., snow totals have reached 16 inches, according to the area's local National Weather Service office.

7:00 p.m. EST Thursday: More than 1,300 flights have been delayed or canceled today at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, according to FlightStats.

6:45 p.m. EST Thursday: A traffic camera shows snow-covered roads along Route 22 and Route 145 near Allentown, Pa.

5:50 p.m. EST Thursday: The latest snow totals for Massachusetts report 12.2 inches in Topsfield, 10 inches in Peabody, 9 inches in Ipswich, and 6.7 inches in Boston, according to several National Weather Service spotters.

5:38 p.m. EST Thursday: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declares a State of Emergency for New Jersey.

5:30 p.m. EST Thursday: 6 inches of snow in Indianapolis, Ind., according to the area's local National Weather Service office.

5:15 p.m. EST Thursday: Delays up to one hour at the Chicago O'Hare International airport and the Chicago Midway airport due to snow and ice, according to the FAA.

5:07 p.m. EST Thursday: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reduces speeds to 45 mph on multiple roadways across the state due to winter storm.

4:20 p.m. EST Thursday: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a statewide state of emergency and urges residents to stay off the roads if possible. Additionally, multiple highways will be closed at midnight tonight.

3:50 p.m. EST Thursday: Watch 'AccuWeather LIVE' now, as we give the latest updates on the snowstorm slamming much of the East.

3:45 p.m. EST Thursday: 8 inches of snow reported in Topsfield and Ipswich, Mass.

3:30 p.m. EST Thursday: Severe snow and ice conditions have been reported by the New York Department of Transportation along multiple roadways in New York, including US Route 4 in Fairhaven, N.Y. :

3:08 p.m. EST Thursday: Departure traffic destined to JFK International Airport is now subject to a ground delay due to snow and ice, reports FAA.

2:05 p.m. EST Thursday: 15 inches of snow reported in Palatine, Ill., according to a National Weather Service employee.

2:01 p.m. EST Thursday: Detroit Metro Airport is now reporting delays due to snow and ice.

1:40 p.m. EST Thursday: Northwestern Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York will experience the worst of the storm over the next two to three hours, according to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. "Snow is becoming heavier in this area and temperatures are hovering in the teens. Looks like a slow, slippery drive on I-80, I-79, and the Southern Tier Expressway of N.Y."

1:05 p.m. EST Thursday: Chicago Midway and O'Hare International Airports now reporting excessive delays due to winter conditions.

12:31 p.m. EST Thursday: As many as 6 inches of snow have fallen across parts of Indiana. Photo below from Indianapolis: (Instagram Photo/JoeFreed)

12:10 p.m. EST Thursday: Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has declared a snow emergency and parking ban for the city as of 12:00 p.m. EST. All Boston public schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 3.

11:50 a.m. EST Thursday: The New York Department of Transportation reports Interstates 81, 86, 88, 90, 390 and 481 to be snow- and ice-covered. Conditions are not considered severe at this time.

11:25 a.m. EST Thursday: A trained spotter reports that 7.5 inches of snow have fallen across Barry County, Mich. Though the snow has tapered to flurries, significant drifting is occurring.

11:01 a.m. EST Thursday: Snow has buried major routes across Chicago, including I-80, as seen below: (Twitter Photo/Jeff Allcorn)

10:50 a.m. EST Thursday: Delayed reported of a car accident with one injury and one fatality on Highway 11 in Knox County, Ky. Law enforcement reports the accident was a result of slick roadways due to freezing rain.

10:40 a.m. EST Thursday: A National Weather Service employee reports 5 inches of snow in Fayette County, Ind.

9:41 a.m. EST Thursday: Delays due to snow, ice and low visibility being reported at Chicago O'Hare International and Chicago Midway airports.

9:09 a.m. EST Thursday: According to the National Weather Service, 13 inches of snow recorded in Cook County, Ill.

8:01 a.m. EST Thursday: Interstate highways in Collinsville, Effingham and Champaign, Ill., are 100 percent snow- and ice-covered, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Interstate highways in Lincoln, Quincy and Springfield are at least 75 percent snow- and ice-covered.

7:20 a.m. EST Thursday: So far, 4.8 inches of snow recorded at Indianapolis International Airport, the National Weather Service reports.

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