Blizzard rolls into northeast US; flights canceled, schools shut

Posted March 14, 2017

More than a dozen flights in and out of Charleston are canceled Tuesday as a powerful blizzard rolls into the Northeast.

As of 8:50 a.m., a total of 21 flights departing from Louis Armstrong International Airport were canceled, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.

American Airlines canceled all flights into New York's three metropolitan area airports, Newark, LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, and JetBlue Airways reported extensive cancellations. The same situation is expected for the Baltimore-Washington area for the days to come, as more than 68 per cent of all flight schedule will not be respected.

Southwest alone has already cancelled more than 880 flights for tomorrow, and 68% of all flights out of Baltimore-Washington Airport (many of them Southwest) are already scrapped, too. Above-ground train service has been suspended.

With the blizzard on track to hit North Jersey and NY on Tuesday, officials at airports and trains have advised travelers to check-in or reschedule.

Governors in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia declared a state of emergency.

Hundreds of school districts from Buffalo to New York City have cancelled classes and authorities are advising people to stay off the roads as a nor'easter starts to pummel the Northeast. "It will create whiteout conditions", Baker said. The nor'easter comes a week after the region saw temperatures climb into the 60s.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was due to meet President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday, postponed her trip until Friday, the White House said. Typically, these sort of lake effect bands are only 10 to 15 miles wide, but can produce very heavy snow, sometimes in excess of 2 inches per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

The United Nations headquarters said it would close on Tuesday, but the New York Stock Exchange vowed to remain open.