Winter Storm Maya brought snow and freezing rain to parts of the Midwest on Tuesday morning (local time), February 12, causing widespread transportation disruptions at major US airports. More than 7000 flights were canceled nationwide as of Tuesday morning, including at least 10 percent of flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD), 35 percent of flights at New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and 15 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), and airports in Columbus (CMH) and Cincinnati (CVG).
The National Weather Service has also issued winter weather warnings and advisories in several states, from Minnesota to Maine, through Wednesday morning. Authorities in Wisconsin, northern Michigan, and upstate New York, as well as parts of New England are expecting snowfall totals of 20-45 cm (8-18 in), with localized totals of 45-60 cm (18-24 in). Snow, sleet, high winds, and freezing rain are forecast in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia through Wednesday morning, February 13.
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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