REPORTS: Snowstorm Delays, Cancels More Than 2,600 Flights Across Northeast

February 4, 2014; 4:40 AM ET
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Update at 6:05 p.m. EST Monday:

This blog is no longer live, as the severe threat has ended across the Northeast. Detailed reports of the event can be found below. See photos from the event here.


A powerful storm that dumped around a foot of snow in northwestern Texas and up to 8 inches in the Ohio Valley took aim at the Northeast on Monday, creating numerous travel headaches across the region.

Travel proved difficult along the I-95 corridor from New York City to Philadelphia as several inches of snow blanketed the region. Some stretches of Interstates 95, 80, 76, 78, 81, 79 and 77 from West Virginia to southern New England were also snow-covered and slick, making for dangerous driving conditions.

Folks in town for the Super Bowl faced delays or cancellations at JFK, Newark and La Guardia airports as they tried to leave the New York City area. By Monday evening, thousands of flights were cancelled or delayed across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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While the heaviest of the snow Monday evening focused on Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, temperatures across the Northeast will plummet overnight Monday into Tuesday morning threatening the region with black ice.

"Temperatures are going to drop below freezing and could lead to black ice overnight," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

The formation of black ice Monday night into Tuesday morning could lead to treacherous travel and dangerous roadways for the Tuesday morning commute.

The next winter storm will roll through the region at midweek, threatening travel yet again.


Updates: (All times are listed in Eastern Time)

5:15 p.m. EST Monday: Flights delays at the Philadelphia International, Newark International, La Guardia, John F. Kennedy International, and Teterboro airports, due to snow and ice, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

4:15 p.m. EST Monday: Snow covered and slushy roadways reported throughout Massachusetts. More than 770 crews are out plowing and treating roads statewide, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

4:10 p.m. EST Monday:

3:30 p.m. EST Monday: As much as 12 inches of snow have fallen southwest of Morgantown, W.Va., in Smithfield, according to a trained spotter.

3:05 p.m. EST Monday: A ground stop program is in effect for the John F. Kennedy International due to snow and ice.

2:00 p.m. EST Monday:

12:56 p.m. EST Monday: Cancellations at La Guardia International Airport are now topping more than 450, according to flightstats.com. A ground delay is currently in effect due to snow/ice, the FAA reports.

12:33 p.m. EST Monday: "Currently, the steadiest snow is falling from eastern Pennsylvania through central New Jersey and southern New England," according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock. "The worst conditions over the next couple of hours will stretch from Trenton, N.J., northeastward through NYC, Long Island, southern Connecticut and southeastern Massachusetts."

12:15 p.m. EST Monday: As much as 12.5 inches of snow have fallen in Crucible, Pa., just south of Pittsburgh, Pa., a trained spotter reports.

11:58 a.m. EST Monday: Watch 'AccuWeather LIVE' now as we discuss the snowstorm walloping the Northeast:

11:45 a.m. EST Monday: Road crews are out across NYC clearing snow, the NYC Department of Transportation tweeted this morning. Numerous roads remain snow and ice-covered throughout Manhattan, however:

11:06 a.m. EST Monday: More than 350 arrival and departure flights already canceled at JFK International Airport today. Newark International and Philadelphia International Airports have the second and third most cancellations, respectively.

10:55 a.m. EST Monday: With roadway speed restrictions in place, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie cautions drivers during the ongoing snowstorm:

10:35 a.m. EST Monday: Speed reduced to 35 mph on the Betsy Ross Bridge and Ben Franklin Bridge due to winter conditions.

10:24 a.m. EST Monday: Public transportation delays are mounting in New Jersey. All NJ Transit trains are subject to 10- to 15-minute delays due to expected winter weather conditions. Bus service in the northern New Jersey area is subject to delays of up to 45 minutes due to weather-related road conditions.

10:07 a.m. EST Monday: Traffic is moving on I-95 headed into Philadelphia. The interstate is wet and snowy, however, with lowered speed limits. I-95 exit ramp at Girard Avenue:

9:58 a.m. EST Monday: The Ohio Department of Highways reports as many as 7.5 inches of snow across Scioto County.

9:45 a.m. EST Monday: Due to current weather conditions, PennDOT has reduced the speed limit to 45 mph across the capital, Allentown, Poconos, and Greater Philadelphia Regions. As many as 6.5 inches of snow have already fallen across parts of the state.

9:00 a.m. EST Monday: A wintry mix has changed over to all snow in Philadelphia over the last hour.

"Road conditions will deteriorate in Philadelphia as the snow continues to fall. The Schuylkill Expressway and other elevated roadway surfaces will become slushy first. It's snowing so hard that road temperatures will gradually lower," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

8:25 a.m. EST Monday: Multiple accidents reported by New York Department of Transportation this morning, partially blocking or slowing traffic on I-684 north by exit 9. Injuries are being reported on I-287 near White Plains and in an accident on the Taconic State Parkway northbound south of Peekskill Hollow Road, according to New York 511.

8:10 a.m. EST Monday: An NWS-trained spotter reports 7.4 inches of snow accumulation outside of West Union, Ohio.

7:25 a.m. EST Monday: Roads are covered by snow and ice around New York City and across western portions of Long Island this morning, according to 511 New York (see areas in pink below). It will be a slow, slippery and dangerous morning commute with delays occurring already.

7:10 a.m. EST Monday: Here's a sampling of snow totals as of this morning from southwestern Pennsylvania westward to Kentucky: 6.5 inches in Farmington, Pa.; 5.0 inches in Monessen, Pa.; 6.3 inches in West Union, Ohio; and 7.0 inches in Cordova, Ky.

6:40 a.m. EST Monday: New Jersey Transit warns that train delays will be likely today as a result of the wintry weather.

5:38 a.m. EST Monday: Rain has changed to snow in New York City and will be heavy at times during the morning commute. According to FlightStats, more than 200 flights have been canceled at Newark Liberty and more than 160 flights have been canceled at La Guardia.

2:49 a.m. EST Monday: A report of 7 inches of snow in Parkersburg, W.Va., with 3.5 inches in the past 90 minutes.

1:51 a.m. EST Monday: NWS reports an estimated 7 inches of snow in Rosebud, Ill., just north of Paducah, Ky.

12:23 a.m. ESTMonday: The latest reports from the NWS indicate 2-3 inches of snow have fallen so far from northern Kentucky to southern Ohio.

11:38 p.m. EST Sunday: According to the school closing web page from WFAA in Dallas, Texas, nearly 40 schools in north-central Texas are either closed or are operating under a delayed arrival Monday. This was as of 10:30 p.m. local time.

10:05 p.m. EST Sunday: Four inches of snow have fallen at Owensboro, Ky., an NWS spotter reported.

9:35 p.m. EST Sunday: About 5,600 Entergy Arkansas power customers were without service, the utility said on its website.

9:05 p.m. EST Sunday: About 300 Ameren customers were without electricity in southern Missouri, the utility reported.

9:00 p.m. EST Sunday: A half inch of ice accreted at Dyersburg, Tenn., an NWS spotter reported.

8:45 p.m. EST Sunday: Significant icing from freezing rain is occurring in Calloway County, Ky., the National Weather Service at Paducah, Ky. said. Tree limbs were bending, and more than 100 power outages had been reported by Western Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative.

8:20 p.m. EST Sunday: Light snow and fog reported at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, Pa. Visibility was down to three-quarters of a mile.

U.S. Route 219 and Galleria Drive near the airport from a PennDOT webcam.

8:10 p.m. EST Sunday: Four inches of snow fell at Metropolis, Ill., an NWS spotter reported.

8:00 p.m. EST Sunday: Nearly 4,500 flights have been delayed or canceled as a result of the winter storm, according to FlightStats.

7:45 p.m. EST Sunday: About 3,500 Entergy Arkansas power customers and 790 First Electric Cooperative customers were without service, the utilities reported.

7:30 p.m. EST Sunday: Moderate snow and ice reported on southeast Ohio highways, the Ohio Department of Transportation said.

7:15 p.m. EST Sunday: Pennsylvania Turnpike is operating under a winter weather advisory. All travelers are urged to reduce their speeds and keep alert.

7:00 p.m. EST Sunday: A quarter-inch of ice accreted at Union City, Tenn., a Obion County official reported to the National Weather Service.

5:40 p.m. EST Sunday: Thunder sleet reported 5 miles west of Millington, Tenn., according to NWS spotter.

6:30 p.m. EST Sunday: Photo by the Benton County, Ark., emergency manager of the crash scene involving a Florida State University track team bus.

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