A winter storm spread snow, ice and sleet across the Northeast, threatening New York City with as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) and grounding flights as visiting Super Bowl fans sought to get home.
Light snow that began falling in New York before 5 a.m. local time was expected to worsen through mid-day, Bill Goodman, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, on Long Island, said by telephone.
“Travel will become increasingly difficult along the I-95 corridor this morning from southern New England to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as snow becomes heavy,” AccuWeather Inc. said on its website.
As of 12:12 p.m. in New York, 1,503 flights within, into, or out of the U.S. had been canceled and 1,987 were delayed, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking company. The three major airports in the New York City area, where the National Football League’s championship game was played yesterday, were reporting delays of as much as three hours, the Federal Aviation Administration said on its website.
“People from all over the country are here in different types of jerseys, yet we’re all in the same situation right now,” said Darin Smith, 52, a Seattle Seahawks fan from Redmond, Washington, who was waiting at LaGuardia International Airport. “Everyone is stuck and ready to go home.”
Smith said his flight was to have departed at 11:45 a.m. It had been rescheduled for 2:20 p.m., and he wasn’t sure he’d make his connection in Chicago.
“It messes everything up, but today I do it with a smile because I’m going home a champion with my team,” he said.
Winter storm warnings and advisories stretched from Utah to Vermont. The storm was also expected to drop as much as 8 inches on Ohio. As much as 2 inches an hour of snow may fall in New Jersey, the weather service said.
A mixture of rain and snow was forecast for Washington, with little or no accumulation, while Boston was expected to get less than 0.5 inch of snow as the storm focuses more on the corridor from Philadelphia to New York.
Skies over the Northeast will be clear late today and tomorrow, then a new storm may bring as much as 4 inches of snow and sleet to New York City tomorrow night and the next day, the weather service said.
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