First of 3 winter storms bring heavy snows to Northeast

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – Flights were cancelled or delayed in New York and New Jersey airports stranding Super Bowl visitors as rain turned into snow Monday with the entry of the first of three winter storms predicted to hit the Northeast in the next two or so days.

Snow started falling in New York areas around 4 a.m. and weather forecasters predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow by evening.

Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports cancelled 100, 485 and 372 flights, respectively, by noon and 1 p.m. on Monday while inbound flights were delayed 2 to 3 hours leaving many Super Bowl fans stranded. Train services are also delayed, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Schools in the suburbs cancelled classes or delayed opening.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency on Monday to deal with dangerous road conditions and ordered a staggered closure of state offices starting noon so workers can go home.

In Philadelphia, rush hour snowfall forced schools and government offices to close. Suburban areas recorded seven or eight inches of snow. Forecasters said 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected until 4 p.m. Slick and slushy road already caused a number of crashes, including two mishaps that closed the southbound lane of Interstate 95 and the northbound lane of I-476 in West Chester.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority halted bus services as roads lose traction while Philadelphia International Airport cancelled nearly 400 departing and arriving flights.

In Delaware, numerous crashes were reported in New Castle County’s I-95 and I-495. State police responded to 25 crashes at 10 a.m. and another 15 crashes from noon to 2 p.m. A number of district and charter schools were closed.

Meanwhile, a second winter storm is expected to dump 5 to 10 inches of snow from Colorado to Iowa Tuesday followed by a third storm expected to strike across the country near the end of the week.

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