Snow Storm Hits NYC, Grounds 600-Plus Super Bowl Return Flights

Monday, 03 Feb 2014 10:48 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A snow storm hit New York City hours after the Super Bowl concluded Sunday night, grounding more than 600 flights scheduled to take football fans back home.

The threat of snow forced the NFL to consider a contingency plan weeks ago if inclement weather prevented the game from being played.

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The snow reportedly began falling at 4 a.m. Monday morning in the metro area and is expected to continue throughout the day, delivering 5 to 8 inches.

As the snow began to accumulate, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio launched some 450 salt spreaders and approximately 1,500 plows across the five boroughs, the New York Daily News reported.

Though the snow missed the big game, it affected traveling fans from Washington and Colorado, who have been stuck on the East Coast due to the cancellation of more than 600 outgoing flights at LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport early Monday morning.

New York and New Jersey aren’t the only areas that were hit by the storm, which, according to AccuWeather.com, affected much of the East Coast.

"A swath of 6-12 inches of snow is expected from parts of West Virginia, through southern Pennsylvania and into central New Jersey," according to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde.

While commutes are being impacted across the region Monday morning, the snow has reportedly led to especially hazardous driving conditions around Philadelphia.

"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.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski added.

According to AccuWeather.com, the same storm that is now dumping six to 12 inches across the Northeast had previously been responsible for bringing more than a foot of snow to Northwestern Texas and up to 8 inches to the Ohio Valley.

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