NEW YORK (KDKA/AP) – A powerful nor’easter is lashing the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast prompting flight cancellations, school closures and warnings from city and state officials to stay off the roads.
The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
The storm is expected to dump 1 to 2 feet of snow on the New York City metro area with wind gusts of up to 55 mph.
Coastal flood warnings are in effect from Massachusetts to Delaware.
According to the airline-tracking website FlightAware, more than 5,000 Tuesday flights have been canceled. Amtrak also has canceled and modified service up and down the Northeast Corridor.
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At Pittsburgh International Airport, a number of flights have been canceled.
“I left from San Diego, laid over in Atlanta and then from Atlanta we were supposed to go to Philadelphia, but ended up in Pittsburgh due to the weather conditions. So, I’ve been here since about 1 a.m.,”U.S. Navy serviceman Robert Conwell said. “I called my mother to ask her what the weather conditions were and she said it’s bad. I’ve got a flight scheduled out of here tonight, but I’m not sure I’m going to make that either.”
“I just want to get home, I just want to be in my bed.”
Megan Hostetter arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport extra early Tuesday morning, for her flight to Salt Lake City. She didn’t know it had been cancelled the day before.
“My first flight to Salt Lake City was cancelled,” said Hostetter. “I was supposed to be going from Pittsburgh to Vegas and then to Salt Lake City and now they’re re-directing us to Denver.”
The connecting flight to Las Vegas, would’ve been the first flight for the Bellaire, Ohio native. She’s never flown before.
“First time ever and my flight gets cancelled,” she said as she waited at the airport.
“It’s a little light for a Tuesday,” said Jeff Martinelli, Customer Service Manager at Pittsburgh International.
“We’re open, we’re ready to go to business, but obviously the problem is getting to the areas that are impacted by the snow,” he said about the cancellations.
A number of schools around western Pennsylvania were closed or operating on a delay today.
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