Less Snow for NYC; Plenty Expected Elsewhere

NEW YORK (AP) -
A car is buried in snow almost to the door handles in Camp Hill, Pa., as a winter storm hits the northeast, Tuesday. (Mark Pynes/PennLive.com via AP)

New York City is expected to get less snow than forecast in a late-winter storm that has slammed other parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Snow changed over to pelting sleet in the city early Tuesday, and the National Weather Service says to expect 4 to 6 inches of snow, after earlier forecasts of 18 inches or more.

Elsewhere, forecasters were still expecting lots of snow. Around 100,000 customers had lost power from Virginia to New Jersey.

In Massachusetts, officials warned Tuesday morning that the storm was just getting started. In the western part of the state, the National Weather Service forecast as much as 2½ feet of snow.

Maryland State Police said troopers responded to 101 crashes, none serious.

U.S. airlines have scrapped about 5,400 flights Tuesday as a late-winter storm dumps snow on some of the nation’s busiest airports.

Southwest Airlines, which carries more domestic passengers than any other airline, doesn’t expect to operate any flights Tuesday at 14 airports stretching from Washington to Portland, Maine. Southwest cancelled about 900 flights, while American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines each canceled more than 500.

Tracking service FlightAware.com says Tuesday’s cancellations bring the total for the week to around 7,740 flights. An additional 650 flights have been canceled for Wednesday, a number that FlightAware expects to rise as the airlines scramble to resume operations.

Meanwhile, attorneys general in New York and Pennsylvania have issued a warning about price-gouging during the snowstorm. Eric Schneiderman in New York says consumers should contact his office about “excessive increases” in the price of goods and services. Examples include food, water, gas, generators, hotels and transportation.

The price-gouging law also could apply to snow removal and equipment, salt and contractor services for storm-related damage.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro also alerted consumers and businesses about potential scams, urging people to report any “suspicious activity” about home repairs, snow plowing, government-assistance programs and fraudulent disaster-related fund-raising to his office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.