Reports: Over 1,000 flights canceled as snow, ice focus on New England

By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer
By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
February 07, 2018, 9:29:26 PM EST

As of 9:15 p.m. EST Wednesday, this story is no longer being updated. Track the remaining snow and ice on radar.

A winter storm is leading to widespread disruptions across the northeastern United States and will continue into Wednesday night.

The heaviest snow fell along a zone stretching from central Ohio to the coast of Maine with many locations across interior New England measuring over 6 inches of accumulation.

The storm will spread rain across the southeastern U.S. while snow and ice fall from the lower Midwest to the shores of New England.

It stretches about 2,000 miles from the storms in the South to the snow impacting New England.

Snow plow truck - Ohio, 2/7/2018

A snow plow truck clears the road on SR 528 in Geauga County, Ohio, during heavy snowfall on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo/Ohio Department of Transportation District 12)

The heaviest snow will fall across interior New England with upwards of 6 inches accumulating in Albany, New York; Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont; and Portland, Bangor and Caribou, Maine.

Some airlines began canceling flights scheduled for Wednesday on Tuesday afternoon in anticipation for the inclement weather.

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8:22 p.m. EST Wednesday:

The northbound lanes on the Maine Turnpike are closed between mile marker 86 and 100. An accident involving a tractor trailer is blocking both lanes.

7:14 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Much of the snow, ice and rain has tapered off across the mid-Atlantic as the worst conditions focus on New England. People driving along Interstate 95 north of New York City should expect to encounter slower-than-normal travel.

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5:55 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Many areas from central Ohio to the coast of Maine have recorded 3 to 6 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service, with snow still falling across much of New England.

The highest snow totals have been reported across Upstate New York with slightly over a foot of snow being measured near Albany, New York.

5:20 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Over 1,000 flights have been canceled and another 1,800 delayed at airports across the northeastern US as snow, sleet and ice impact the region, according to FlightStats.

More delays and cancellations are likely into Wednesday night as the worst of the snow and ice focuses on New England.

4:57 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is closed due to snow and ice and may remain closed until later this week.

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Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo/Shenandoah National Park)

3:54 p.m. EST Wednesday:

This winter has officially been the snowiest winter on record in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Snowfall that fell across the city earlier today brought the seasonal total to 152.1 inches, breaking the old record of 149.1 inches set in the winter of 2000-2001.

3:19 p.m. EST Wednesday:

At least one fatality has been reported near Moline, Illinois after a multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 280 on Wednesday morning, according to WQAD. Three other people were injured in the accident and taken to the hospital.

2:40 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Over 70 accidents have been reported across Maryland amid wintry weather, according to the Maryland State Police. This number may continue to rise through the evening commute.

12:40 p.m. EST Wednesday:

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) reported that 1,461 snow crews are treating and clearing state roads.

12:10 p.m. EST Wednesday:

More than 200 flights have been canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), where the FAA is also reporting delays up to 1 hour and 40 minutes on arriving flights.

11:55 a.m. EST Wednesday:

A Southwest Airlines plane skidded sideways off a runway at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) while preparing for takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

There were no injuries reported among the 149 passengers aboard Flight 906, which was due to depart for Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Passengers were reportedly transported to another plane following the incident.

11:38 a.m. EST Wednesday:

Conditions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are expected to shift to snowy within the next half hour, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS office in Pittsburgh reported 2.5 inches of snowfall on Wednesday morning with one-quarter of an inch of ice.

Screenshot - Pittsburgh, PA 2/7/2018

10:10 a.m. EST Wednesday:

Crashes involving multiple vehicles have shut down all northbound and southbound lanes on the icy Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York.

Multi-vehicle crash in New York on icy bridge, 2/7/2018

(Photo/New York State Thruway)

According to state police, at least one person was hurt in the crashes, which occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m. EST Wednesday.

Although the accidents took place on the bridge's northbound lanes, state police and emergency responders are reportedly temporarily using the southbound lanes to reach the scene, ABC7 Eyewitness News has reported.

9:45 a.m. EST Wednesday:

AccuWeather Meteorologists Bernie Rayno and Laura Velasquez are live from AccuWeather Studios as they continue to track the winter storm throughout the morning.

9:19 a.m. EST Wednesday:

Slick travel conditions continue to plague many drivers in the Northeast. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has reported several crashes, some involving multiple vehicles, which have resulted in travel delays in various parts of the state.

Two multi-vehicle crashes were reported on Interstates 81 and 83 near Harrisburg, according to 511PA.

Harrisburg, PA crash - 2/7/2018

A crash on Interstate 81 near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, blocks a lane of traffic. (Photo/511PA)

The winter storm is also affecting air travel at some airports, including New York's La Guardia Airport. Snow and ice are causing delays of about 1 hour and 8 minutes for flights heading there, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

7:58 a.m. EST Wednesday:

Icy, slippery roads are contributing to traffic accidents in parts of the eastern U.S., including at least one crash on Interstate 83 in Maryland, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Maryland State Police are advising travelers to avoid staying out on the roads, particularly north and west of Baltimore until late Wednesday morning.

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation tweeted that thus far, workers have applied more than 300 tons of salt to slick roads.

6:46 a.m. EST Wednesday:

Dangerous travel is being reported in Licking County, Ohio, located in the central part of the state, just east of Columbus.

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6:17 a.m. EST Wednesday:

Workers for the Ohio Department of Transportation are moving quickly to clear accumulating snow falling over much of the state.

In addition to the treacherous travel conditions caused by thick and heavy snow accumulating in central Ohio, most school districts in the area have announced closures on Wednesday, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

5:43 a.m. EST Wednesday:

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has reduced speeds to 45 mph on interstates in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties. Speeds have also been reduced on many other major roadways across the state, and motorists are urged not to travel unless necessary.

PennDOT trucks are currently applying an anti-skid and salt mix to roads due to the expected icy conditions.

Public schools in Pittsburgh are closed in anticipation of the storm.

4:30 a.m. EST Wednesday:

Overnight ice accretion in areas from Arkansas to Indiana has shifted into the southern Ohio Valley, causing early-morning travel issues across the region.

Local law enforcement, meteorologists, trained spotters and the general public have reported widespread instances of slick roads and sidewalks, promising an upcoming icy and hazardous morning commute for many.

In Oil Trough, Arkansas, ice accretion reportedly grew to a thickness of one-quarter of an inch on elevated surfaces.

Very heavy snow is falling at the front end of this storm, as evidenced by the 2 inches of snow that accumulated in Columbus, Ohio, in just two hours. Roads will quickly become slick, and visibility will plummet to 1 mile or less at the onset of snow, making travel especially hazardous this morning.

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