AccuWeather shares timeline on impact of storm

The snowstorm currently underway in Connecticut has been causing trouble across the states, according to AccuWeather.

 

AccuWeather.com report a snowstorm is spreading in the Northeast, creating travel nightmares and widespread power outages.

“An area from northwest of Washington, D.C., to east-central Pennsylvania, up to near New York City and Boston will have heavy snow, accumulating at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour through the start of Thursday,” AccuWeather.com Senior Vice President and Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.

“Then, as warmer air comes in from the southeast it will turn to rain later in the day for Boston, Philadelphia and New York City areas. Washington, D.C., will see more of a mix. This can create slushy conditions that will freeze when the temperatures drop overnight.”

More than 6,800 flights have already been canceled so far on Thursday with the majority of cancellations out of Atlanta International, Philadelphia International and Ronald Reagan National.

This is the same storm that brought snarling snow and ice to the South and cut power to more than half a million between the Carolinas and Georgia.

Flight cancellations on Wednesday topped 4,100, with nearly 2,600 of those out of the Atlanta hub, which is the world’s busiest airport. Charlotte International has also had more than 1,000 cancellations. Residual delays at airports in better weather will also climb as needed aircraft will be unable to arrive at their destinations.

The governors of Alabama and Georgia declared states of emergency on Monday night in preparation of the storm. Governors in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland declared states of emergency on Tuesday.

At least 12 people have been killed across the South since the snow and ice event began early this week, the Associated Press reported.

 

All reports listed in EST

2:40 p.m. EST Thursday: Flight cancellations in the U.S. have surpassed 7,000 with the majority of cancellations at Charlotte Douglas International, Atlanta International, Philadelphia International and LaGuardia airport.

2:05 p.m. EST Thursday: Nearly 17 inches of snow in Roanoke County, Va., reports an NWS trained-spotter.

1:25 p.m. EST Thursday: Flight cancellations now passed 6,800.

12:50 p.m. EST Thursday: Up to 10 inches of snow has been reported for Upshur County, W. Va.:

11:40 a.m. EST Thursday: An NWS-trained spotter in Sheffield, N.C., reports 9.7 inches of snow.

11:00 a.m. ESt Thursday: Flight cancellations in the U.S. have now passed 6,000, according to FlightStats.

10:20 a.m. EST Thursday: Heavy snow is piling up across Pennsylvania. Snow totals, so far, include 10.0 inches in Gettysburg, 8.0 inches just northwest of Harrisburg, 9.5 inches in Upper Strasburg and 11.0 inches in Millersville.

9:40 a.m. EST Thursday: A train derailed in Vandergrift, near Pittsburgh, Pa., at 8:00 a.m. EST, according to CBS Pittsburgh. At the time of the incident, temperatures were in the lower 20s in the area.

“The only potential weather-related problem may have been related to tracks separating or contracting due to the persistent cold,” AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Since Jan. 1, 2014, the temperature has been 6.6 degrees below normal in Pittsburgh.

9:00 a.m. EST Thursday: Reduced speeds and trailer bans are in effect for much of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

8:20 a.m. EST Thursday: The Associated Press reports that the death toll in the storm has climbed to 12.

7:30 a.m. EST Thursday: Greensboro, N.C., resident Aly Kihm reports 7 inches of snow outside her home:

7:20 a.m. EST Thursday: Massachusetts Transit Authority will be limiting public transportation services today.

6:50 a.m. EST Thursday: More than 5,000 U.S. flights have already been canceled for the day, with Washington, D.C., area airports closing down:

 

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