Winter Storm Thor 2015, as dubbed by The Weather Channel
, is sweeping the country Thursday in what snow-weary East Coast residents hope will be the freezing season's final farewell.
The storm has already forced airlines to cancel more than 2,000 domestic flights and snarled traffic, stranding motorists on Kentucky's Interstate 65 for up to 12 hours because of snow and icy roads.
Most mass transit, school, and government offices in Washington, D.C., were closed Thursday because of snow; severe flooding was reported in West Virginia; and storm-related deaths were reported in Wyoming, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Texas, and Minnesota, TWC noted.
"The final phase of Thor will move through the East Coast on Thursday," meteorologist Chris Dolce said. "Snow will likely affect travel for both the morning and afternoon commutes from far southern New England to the Mid-Atlantic, including New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Farther south, rain will change to snow from southern Virginia into northeastern North Carolina late in the day and into the evening hours."
The storm could boost Boston's snow total and break the city's record for snowiest winter ever if it gets the predicted two inches Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, the city has already received 105.7 inches of snow this season and needs another 1.9 inches to top its old record, USA Today reported.
"People are saying, 'It's been so miserable. Let's at least get to say our misery was record-breaking,'" WCVB-TV meteorologist Harvey Leonard told the Boston Globe
. "They're saying, 'Let's break it and get it over with, and let's get on with spring.' But I know there are people who don't want to see another flake for the rest of their lives."
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