New winter storm slams Northeast; more coming

2:51 PM, Feb 3, 2014   |    comments
Traffic makes its way slowly down Hudson Street as heavy snow falls Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo: Jason DeCrow AP)
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(USA TODAY) Old Man Winter stormed back into the New York City area Monday, greeting morning commuters with heavy snow and a forecast of up to 10 inches for parts of the region by day's end.

As heavy rain changed to wet, heavy snow, forecasters expected as much as 2 inches per hour until mid-afternoon. Five inches had fallen in the city by noon.

The Philadelphia area also was being blasted, and schools closings were reported in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia. Some areas in those states had seen temperatures near 60 degrees Sunday.

"New York City seems to be the axis," said weather service meteorologist Bruce Terry. "But parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Long Island and southern New England make up the sweet spot of the storm."

Winter storm warnings were issued for most of the area. The National Weather Service cautioned residents against traveling except in an emergency. Parts of Pennsylvania had almost 8 inches before noon and other areas of the region had up to 6 inches of snow.

The weather service said the storm could dump as much as 10 inches of snow in some areas. It's a fast-moving storm, so the damage should be done by late Monday, Terry said. But he warned that the snow and ice won't be melting soon.

"It's going to be very cold overnight, the 20s in most places, and it will be struggling to get into the low 30s tomorrow," Terry said. "This stuff is not going anywhere."

And there is another winter storm forecast to move into the area Wednesday, though Terry said it's likely to cause more damage a bit farther north, centering in New England. And then more snow could come Saturday.

"It's going to feel like winter for awhile in the Northeast," Terry said.

First things first. On Monday, New York's Department of Sanitation, which plows the city's streets, issued a snow alert. And residents across the region faced the prospects of downed power lines.

While the storm held back until after the end of Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, many out-of-towners faced flight delays. The area is home to some of the nation's busiest - and most delay-prone - airports.

STORY: Flight delays again causing travel headaches

Newark International, Philadelphia International and LaGuardia each had more than 400 combined arrival and departure cancellations as of 12:20 p.m. ET, the website FlightAware.com reported. Flight delays were widespread across the region, too -- the Federal Aviation Administration's flight-delay map showed back-ups at those airports were averaging anywhere from 1 to 4 hours as of 12:20 p.m. ET.

At three other busy airports in the region -- New York JFK, Washington Dulles and Washington Reagan National -- flight cancellations were less severe but much higher on a typical day.

Travel was becoming increasingly difficult along the I-95 corridor from southern New England to Washington, D.C. Snow and ice could also bring treacherous driving for motorists on some stretches of outlying interstates from West Virginia to southern New England.

Contributing: Ben Mutzabaugh

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