What You Need to Know About The Northeast Snowstorm

Snow-removal equipment sits on the tarmac at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, Monday. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Snow-removal equipment sits on the tarmac at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, Monday. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

The busy Northeast corridor was in line for a winter wallop that was predicted to bring up to two to three feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Maine. Here’s what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the storm:

The Storm

The nor’easter was predicted to strengthen off the southern New England coast. Snow was expected to intensify and become heavy beginning Monday afternoon in Philadelphia and central New Jersey, Monday evening in New York City, Monday night in Boston and early Tuesday morning in Maine.

Snowstorm vs. Blizzard: What’s the Difference?

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for a huge swath of the region, meaning potential whiteout conditions as heavy snow swirls amid gusting wind. The weather service says a blizzard includes sustained or frequent wind gusts of 35 mph or greater and considerable falling snow that lasts for at least three hours. This storm is expected to last up to 36 hours in some locations, forecasters said.

Air Travel

Airlines canceled nearly 7,000 flights Monday and Tuesday because of the storm. United Airlines canceled all flights in Boston, New York and Philadelphia on Tuesday. New York’s LaGuardia Airport had half its flights scratched Monday. Boston’s Logan Airport and Rhode Island’s T.F. Green were closing Monday evening and no flights were expected to land or take off at either airport Tuesday.

On the Rails

Amtrak cut back on service Monday afternoon. Trains were running between Boston and Washington, but the railroad said passengers should expect fewer trains, especially north of New York.

Big-City Transit

In the Boston area, officials were preparing to halt all MBTA transit service Tuesday. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York City will have limited subway service beginning Monday evening and that Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road service will stop later Monday night. New Jersey Transit will shut down late Monday; its train service may not be back until Thursday.

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