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12 Feb 2019 | 06:33 PM UTC

US: Flights disrupted from Midwest to Northeast due to winter storm Feb. 12 /update 1

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Winter Storm Maya causes 3000 flight cancelations, 8000 delays as snow and freezing rain hit the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast regions February 12; widespread power outages reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/12/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/15/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Chicago). COUNTRY/REGION Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island, Delaware

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Winter Storm Maya continues to impact parts of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast as of Tuesday afternoon (local time), February 12, causing travel disruptions and power outages. Over 100,000 people are without power across several states, including more than 70,000 in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan and an additional 25,000 in Maryland and Virginia. Freezing rain, snow, and high winds have caused nearly 3000 flight cancelations and over 8000 delays at major US airports on Tuesday, affecting at least 40 percent of flights at New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA), 30 percent at Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), and 16 percent of flights at Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS). Flight disruptions were also reported at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). 

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather warnings and advisories in several states, from Minnesota to Maine, through Wednesday morning, February 13. Authorities in LaCrosse (Wisconsin) have recorded over 30 cm (12 in) of snowfall, while parts of northern Michigan, Upstate New York, and New England are expecting snowfall totals of 20-45 cm (8-18 in), with localized totals of up to 45-60 cm (18-24 in) possible. Snow, sleet, high winds, and freezing rain are forecast in DelawarePennsylvania, New York, ConnecticutVermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia through Wednesday morning.

Significant transportation disruptions - including numerous road and highway closures and flight delays and cancelations - are to be expected in affected areas over the coming hours and days. Infrastructure failures, including power outages and pipe bursts, are also possible.


Individuals in affected US states are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions (e.g. flight delays and cancelations, icy roads, limited visibility), refrain from unnecessary travel, and travel with sufficient food, water, and warm clothing when driving in case of unforeseen delays.


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