New England Snowstorm, A winter storm was bearing down on the U.S. Northeast, promising heavy snows, strong winds and bitter temperatures that will make commutes hazardous for the first work day of the new year.
Snow began falling overnight in parts of New England and New York but the real brunt of the storm wasn’t expected to hit until later Thursday.
As much as 30 centimetres of snow or more was forecast for some areas overnight Thursday into Friday, and temperatures were expected to plummet, the National Weather Service said.
“There will be travel problems,” said Hugh Johnson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Albany, N.Y. “It will be very cold.”
The storm dropped 15 centimetres or more of snow in Illinois on Wednesday, prompting hundreds of flight cancellations into and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, according to the aviation tracking website FlightAware.com.
Authorities said the weather may have been a factor in a fatal crash involving a pickup and a bus carrying casino patrons in Indiana. Police said the truck’s driver was killed and 15 bus passengers were hurt in the collision on a snow-covered and slushy highway in Rolling Prairie.
Sections of interior southern New England and New York could get up to 30 centimetres of snow. New York City, likely to see up to 18 centimetres, issued a snow alert. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the city’s commuters to leave their cars at home in case major highways are closed for Thursday’s evening rush hour.