The Northeast in an absolute panic over a snowstorm that will be bringing in 12-15 inches in some parts of the northeast, effectively grounding more than 5,000 flights. So if you had business in the Northeast this week, you might consider working from home.
Winter storm Stella is supposed to bring down almost 18 inches onto New York City, with some of the biggest airports and a gigantic number of flights.
More than 2,000 flights were cancelled on Monday, and 5,000 cancelled for Tuesday.
The snow is due to start around midnight and continue on until 6pm the next day. A state of emergency has been declared in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland.
The Daily Mail has more:
More cancellations were expected, with Southwest planning to stop almost all of its Northeast flights Tuesday. Other airlines were considering similar moves.
Major US airlines will allow ticketed travelers affected by the storm to change their flights without an additional fee.
Officials are asking those with travel plans early this week to check with airlines ahead of time to see about possible cancellations or delays.
A state of emergency has been issued in four states across the northeast as Winter Storm Stella is set to slam the area with up to two feet of snow on Monday and Tuesday.
State of emergencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland have all taken effect as of midnight on Monday and 50 million residents are being urged to prepare for the ‘life-threatening’ storm.
The harsh winter weather has already claimed lives in Milwaukee after two elderly men on different sides of the city collapsed while shoveling snow on Monday.
Officials have warned of unsafe driving conditions caused by the snow, which have spurred statewide travel bans in Connecticut and modified public transportation services in several other states.
Also in Milwaukee, a 17-car pileup involving 12 cars and five tractor trailers crashed just before noon on Monday on the northbound lanes of I-43. Three people suffered minor injuries but there were no deaths. Several crashes were also reported in Michigan due to the snowy weather.
The city previously issued a snow alert for Monday night into Tuesday, expecting snowfall rates of up to 2 to 4 inches per hour Tuesday morning and afternoon, with gusts of up to 50 mph.
‘This would certainly be the biggest snowstorm of the 2017 winter season in New York City,’ said Faye Barthold, a weather service meteorologist based on Long Island.
President Trump tweeted urging ‘everyone be safe’ as he met with local authorities in D.C. to discuss preparations there, where the region is experiencing a winter weather warning, alongside mid-Atlantic and Northeast cities including Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore.
Blizzard warnings have been issues for areas in eastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, southeast New York, Connecticut, northern Rhode Island, western/central Massachusetts, southeast New Hampshire and southern Maine.
Authorities are warning residents across all affected areas to prepare for the possibility of widespread power outages, road closures and flight disruptions.