Winter Storm Cancels Flights, Causes Car Crashes in Northeast

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – A winter storm was slamming the Northeast Monday cancelling flights and causing icy roads that made commuting dangerous.

About 1,500 flights were cancelled Monday, according to the website Flightaware.com, while hundreds more were canceled in and out of Dallas due to freezing fog.

At Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, planes are being de-iced and more than 100 flights have been canceled Monday morning, the city’s Department of Aviation said.

Icy roads make travel still dangerous for Monday commuters. In Connecticut, the local AAA responded to 163 road emergencies since midnight. A total 27 cars were involved in 11 separate accidents on I-95 southbound in Greenwich injuring six people and leading to the closure of a portion of the highway between Exit 5 and Exit 4 around midnight. A tractor trailer overturned and closed I-91 northbound in Cromwell, between exits 20 and 21, shortly before 7 a.m.

The icy road accidents followed Sunday night’s 20-car pileup on the Bronx River Parkway, New York that injured 40 people.

Temperatures were below freezing in parts of California and Nevada, including Las Vegas. In New York City, the temperature with wind chill was 25 degrees and 29 below zero in Bismarck, North Dakota Monday morning.

Meanwhile, utility firm Oncor said 20,538 customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including 9,363 in Dallas County and 1,613 in Denton, remain without electricity as of 11 a.m. Monday.

Snow is expected Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Up to 6 inches of snow and more dangerous driving conditions are expected in New York City on Tuesday, said meteorologist Alex Sosnowski of AccuWeather.com. Temperatures will fall to around freezing but weather will turn drier on Wednesday bringing highs in the upper 20s to low 30s through Friday.

There can be 2 to 4 inches of snow in South Jersey and Delaware with 1 to 3 inches in Philadelphia and the immediate Pennsylvania suburbs, according to NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Tedd Florendo.

Temperatures are expected to dip to a low of 23 degrees at McCarran International Airport and the low teens in the western and southern portions of the Las Vegas Valley by Tuesday night. Temperatures are seen to rise into the low 50s by Wednesday.

Cool weather will continue Tuesday and Wednesday in Connecticut with highs staying in the mid 30s.

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