East Coast Winter Storm, Wicked winter storms on the East Coast and Midwest triggered a travel nightmare Friday, causing flight delays at New York airports and flooding along New Jersey roadways. Heavy rains and fierce winds in the city and a blizzard in the Midwest have wreaked havoc at the start of the busy Christmas travel rush.
Flights arriving at LaGuardia Airport were delayed an average of nearly three hours, while all fights out of Kennedy Airport were halted until after 7:15 a.m.
The scene at Newark Liberty International Airport was no better. Wind gusts nearing 50 mph delayed arriving flights by more than three hours, authorities said.
A wind gust of 61 mph was reported at LaGuardia at 7:59 a.m., and a high wind warning remained in effect across the area until noon.
As the storm cleared out Friday morning, conditions at the airports were improving, with 45-minute delays reported at Kennedy Airport.
The storm also knocked out several New Jersey roadways. Flooding prompted officials to close the southbound lanes in Harding Township in Morris County, as well NJ 35 northbound in Old Bridge.
There is good news for the New York City area: The worst is over.
The storm will clear out Friday, and Saturday will bring chilly temps and the slight chance of light rain or snow, forecasters say.
“Very, very light,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Morrin. “It’s a weak disturbance.”
The snowstorm that socked the Midwest dumped a foot of snow in parts of Iowa and more than 19 inches in Madison, Wisconsin, sparking several chain-reaction car accidents and forcing the cancellation of more than 1,400 flights.
The twin storms knocked out power at more than 120,000 homes and business across the U.S. Friday morning.
More than 120,000 homes and businesses were without power Friday morning. More than 26,000 customers were without power in New Jersey. Roughly 1,000 customers were without power in New York City.