Reports: 5,000 flights canceled as noreaster coats I-95 corridor with snow, ice

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, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
March 21, 2018, 7:57:35 PM EDT


For the fourth time this month, a major nor'easter is tracking through the Northeast, packing roads with snow and prompting officials to cancel school across the region.

Two hundred accidents were reported around Baltimore by Tuesday afternoon, and two people were killed in a crash in Pennsylvania as snow covered roadways.

The nor'easter will move up the coast on Wednesday night, leading to poor conditions across New England.

"Road conditions will deteriorate in Boston overnight that will lead to a rough morning commute Thursday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

Coastal impacts are also possible, although this storm is likely to cause more moderate flooding and beach erosion compared to earlier storms this month.

"Snow will affect millions across the northeast into Thursday. As AccuWeather predicted in its long-range winter forecasts back in October, March has proven to be an active month with this being the fourth powerful Nor’easter in a month. Flight cancellations, transportation delays, and damage to personal property from falling trees and power lines will cause this to be yet another high-impact economic disruption," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Long-Range Forecaster David Samuhel said.

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6:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday:

A parking ban for all streets began at 6:00 p.m. in Waltham, Mass. On street parking is not permitted, however motorists are allowed to park in municipal or school lots. The lift time for the ban has not been declared yet.

⚠❄ A snow emergency/parking ban will begin tonight, 3/21/18 AT 6PM for all streets. NO on st parking is permitted during the ban. cars may use municipal or school lots. Keep checking back in on our Winter Weather Alert Center for more updates & info: https://t.co/Fs1oPF75WS pic.twitter.com/gPWZ6IvGQh

— City Of Waltham (@CityofWaltham)



5:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday:

Over 150 motor vehicle crashes have occurred across New Jersey today, according to the New Jersey State Police. This number will likely rise into Wednesday night as snow continues to impact the region.

The NJSP has responded to 169 motor vehicle crashes and 244 motorist aids in SP patrolled areas since midnight. Motorist aids can be anything from flat tires, mechanical breakdowns, spin outs, etc.

— NJSP - State Police (@NJSP)


The nor'easter will continue to impact travel across the region into Thursday with Amtrak planning to continue their modified service until the storm departs and conditions improve.

SERVICE UPDATE: Due to the winter storm in the Northeast, we will continue modified service on Thurs. 3/22. Full service will be restored when weather conditions allow us to safely do so. Please continue to follow us for service updates. Details are outlined below. pic.twitter.com/7j3RqfPUOc

— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNEC)



5:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday:

Thundersnow has been reported along the coast of New Jersey just north of Atlantic City. Additional thundersnow may occur in this area throughout the evening.


4:50 p.m. EDT Wednesday:

Call 311 if you see anyone living on the streets tonight. Shelters and accommodations are available due to the temperature dropping below freezing.

Temperatures are to go below freezing tonight. If you see anyone at risk, especially those living on the street, please call 311. During , shelter is available system-wide for anyone brought to a shelter by outreach teams. Accommodations are also available for walk-ins. pic.twitter.com/GUfjWtB8sZ

— Homeless Services (@NYCDHS)



4:35 p.m. EDT Wednesday:

Snow and ice have made travel treacherous even for road crews. Montgomery County fire said a snow plow overturned in Silver Spring, Md., at Briggs Chaney Road and Old Columbia Pike.

(Image via Montgomery County Fire)



4:25 p.m. EDT Wednesday:

Over 5,000 flights have been canceled across the United States today with a majority of the cancellations being at airports across the Northeast.

Some flights on Thursday at airports across the region are already beginning canceled, including at Newark Liberty International, Philadelphia International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Nearly 80% of flights are cancelled today and there is more than 4” on the ground, but airport staff are on the move to keep facility operations going. pic.twitter.com/5e5Yn1oEmk

— Newark Airport (@EWRairport)

Heavy snow falling at PHL. Our snow team continues to clear runways. Airlines have canceled more than 700 flights at PHL today. Some flights are operating but travelers are encouraged to check directly with your airline for flight status updates. pic.twitter.com/RaSdE3gC9z

— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport)
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