The Latest: Over 1,700 flights canceled as snow, ice halt travel from mid-Atlantic to Midwest

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer
February 12, 2019, 3:57:32 PM EST

As of 3:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, this story is not being updated. For the latest storm reports, click here.

Over 100,000 are without power as a major winter storm unleashes dangerous snow and ice from New York City to Minneapolis.

The snow and ice combination caused significant travel delays and widespread power outages across the interior Northeast as snow and ice expanded into New York City and Boston throughout the day.

Disruptive snow and ice are also targeting the Midwest, including in and around Detroit and Chicago.

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2:10 p.m. EST Tuesday:

Road conditions are deteriorating across Massachusetts ahead of the Tuesday evening commute, including Interstate 90. Northbound and southbound lanes on the highway are becoming covered in snow with traffic moving slower-than-normal.

People should plan accordingly and allow for extra time to reach their destinations.

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A truck that rolled over on Route 28 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Tuesday. (Photo/Falmouth Police)

1:05 p.m. EST Tuesday:

Snow is arriving in Boston and will cause travel conditions to deteriorate ahead of the Tuesday evening commute. Folks across the city should be making their final preparations for the snow.

Meanwhile, over a foot of snow has been reported near La Crosse, Wisconsin, as snow continues to pile up across the Midwest.

11:20 a.m. EST Tuesday:

Over 1,700 flights have been canceled from the Northeast through the Midwest today, including over 450 cancellations at New York’s LaGuardia Airport alone, according to Flightstats.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain are also causing major disruptions on roads across the regions. Many major highways across Pennsylvania are covered in snow or are wet with freezing conditions, according to 511PA.

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Pedestrians walk down the sidewalk as snow falls in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, U.S., February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

10 a.m. EST Tuesday:

Power outages are on the rise across the Midwest, according to the website There are more than 70,000 without power across Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

In the mid-Atlantic, nearly 14,000 are without power in Maryland.

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Further power outages are likely as the weight of ice puts stress on tree limbs and power lines.

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A tree fell onto power lines near Gaithersburg, Maryland, following freezing rain. (Photo/Mark Hajjar)

9:27 a.m. EST Tuesday:

State offices in New Jersey will be closed today due to the winter storm, according to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

9:01 a.m. EST Tuesday:

Roads are slick throughout Minnesota this morning. A new daily record snowfall has been set at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. At least 3.6 inches have been reported so far today.

8:05 a.m. EST Tuesday:

Roads are snow- or ice-covered in western New York this morning, according to the New York Department of Transportation.

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Roads highlighted in purple are covered in snow or ice, according to the New York Department of Transportation. (Image/New York Department of Transportation)

More than 200 flights have been canceled at JFK International Airport in New York City. Over 400 have been canceled at LaGuardia Airport.

7:34 a.m. EST Tuesday:

The Chicago Police Department is reminding motorists to give extra time to get to their destination this morning as roads are slick and icy around the city.

Over 250 flights have been canceled at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

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(Image/Illinois Department of Transportation)

5:35 a.m. EST Tuesday:

Classes and exams at Penn State's University Park campus are canceled through 5 p.m. Tuesday as continued snowfall is expected to transition to ice by midday in Centre County, Pennsylvania, university officials announced via Twitter.

Updates on other school closings and delays in Central Pennsylvania can be found here.

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A map of road conditions across Pennsylvania. (Photo/PennDOT)

4:35 a.m. EST Tuesday:

The number of power outages in Illinois has jumped, including around Chicago. Statewide power outages are at more than 14,000.

The National Weather Service reports 0.40-0.50 of an inch of ice accumulation in Chicago.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office in Illinois is recommending that drivers take extreme caution if venturing out onto the icy, snow-covered and hazardous roads in the area.

4:00 a.m. EST Tuesday:

Heavy snow continues to fall in parts of Iowa, where some some highways are currently covered in snow. A co-op observer reported 7 inches of snow in Hazleton, Iowa, at 2:30 a.m. EST.

In Wisconsin, AccuWeather meteorologists expect 6-10 inches of snow to accumulate in Green Bay, where a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect.

3:05 a.m. EST Tuesday:

According to, more than 9,900 power outages are being reported in the northern part of Indiana, which is experiencing freezing rain.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service (NWS) office in State College has now measured 3.5 inches of snowfall. About two hours southeast of State College, a trained spotter reported 4 inches of snow in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, just after 2 a.m. EST.

A trained spotter also observed 4.8 inches of snow in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

1:05 a.m. EST Tuesday:

Roadways are treacherous and snow-covered across much of Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in State College has received 2.6 inches from the storm so far.

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Interstate 99 in central Pennsylvania covered with snow on Monday night. (Photo/Brian Lada)

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Interstate 99 in central Pennsylvania covered with snow on Monday night. (Photo/Brian Lada)

12:10 a.m. EST Tuesday:

Just to the west of Chicago, 0.10 of an inch of ice has accumulated. Power outages are nearing 6,000 customers in Illinois, mainly in the northern part of the state.

Near Frostburg, Maryland, 0.30 of an inch of ice has accumulated.

11:05 p.m. EST Monday:

As much as half a foot of snow has already accumulated across portions of the eastern half of Iowa. Snow will continue across the state into Tuesday morning, with some areas expected to end up with 10 or more inches of snow in total.

10:15 p.m. EST Monday:

Many elevated and untreated surfaces are being glazed with ice around Chicago as freezing rain continues across the area. People across the city should use extreme caution while driving or walking around the city as ice continues to coat surfaces.

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A car covered in ice in Chicago early Monday night. (Photo/Will Owens)

8:30 p.m. EST Monday:

Sleet and freezing rain has arrived in the Chicago area and will continue through the first part of Monday night. Any elevated or untreated surfaces may quickly become slippery due to the ice.

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A loop of the weather radar early Monday night. Blue represents snow, pink indicates ice and purple translates to a mix of snow and ice.

Meanwhile, heavy snow continues to fall farther west across Iowa. Many roads are covered with snow, including stretches of Interstate 80 east of Des Moines.



7:45 p.m. EST Monday:

Snow has been falling along the Mason-Dixon Line for most of the afternoon but is starting to spread northward over Pennsylvania. Folks across the region should make any final preparations before the worst of the storm hits.

Some major highways across southern Pennsylvania are already wet with freezing conditions, according to 511PA, and will continue to deteriorate through Monday night.

Over 5 inches of snow has fallen north of Baltimore today, according to National Weather Service trained spotters.

“Travel will become increasingly difficult and dangerous as roads become coated in slick snow and ice. Widespread instances of spin-outs and accidents can occur, as well as mounting airline delays and flight cancellations.” AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts said.

Schools across the region may see delays or cancellations on Tuesday morning due to the winter weather.

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5 p.m. EST Monday:

On Monday afternoon, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a press release to remind residents that the state of emergency declaration signed in January remains in effect for the current winter storm to increase assistance with storm-related needs.

“I want all Pennsylvanians to be vigilant in traveling safely as winter weather again makes its way across Pennsylvania for much of this afternoon through early Wednesday,” Governor Wolf said in the press release. “The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has been in contact with state agencies involved in weather-related activities, including PennDOT and local emergency management agencies to make certain we are prepared.”

Vehicle restrictions are in place across Pennsylvania highways that will go into effect at midnight.

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