Hundreds Of Flights Canceled, Thousands More Delayed As Winter Storm Moves East

Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows a Santa Barbara Fire Department truck along E. Camino Cielo as snow falls at the 3,500 foot level on the fire footprint in Santa Barbara Calif. Thursday Nov. 28 2019. Wintry weather

"The trans-continental storm system that has hammered the western US andnorthern Plains with heavy snow and strong winds has now reached the GreatLakes region", the National Weather Service said in a bulletin on Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings Sunday for expected heavy snow and freezing cold in swaths of New England and NY.

State police had responded to more than 550 storm-related crashes across NY by 7 p.m.

So far, the service estimates eastern MA has seen between two and three inches of accumulation, while the central and western parts of the state have observed higher totals ranging from nine inches in Spencer to 10 in Williamstown.

The same storm has pummelled the United States for days as it moved cross country, dumping heavy snow from California to the midwest and inundating other areas with rain.

It has been blamed for several deaths. Major highways reopened in Wyoming and Colorado after blizzard conditions and drifting snow blocked them.

Road crews were able to reopen all of Interstate 25 and most of I-80 in Wyoming early on Sunday after strong winds abated.

Authorities found the bodies of two young children in central Arizona after a vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a swollen creek.

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Two adults and four other children were rescued by helicopter, but a six-year-old girl is still missing.

The powerful storm was heading for the north-east US.

After 8 p.m. Sunday, as the storm moves south of New England, "warmer air is going to move in and then it's basically a potpourri of winter weather hazards from the Providence area to Boston", she said.

A 48-year-old man died in a separate incident near Sedgewickville, Missouri, and a storm-related death was also reported in South Dakota. Periods of rain and heavy snow across the Sierra Nevada can be expected through the remainder of the weekend, adding to the heavy precipitation at the end of last week, the NWS said.

The city of Duluth, Minnesota, was blanketed with 55cm of snow as of 12pm on Sunday.

Newark, New Jersey, had more than 30 flight cancellations and some inbound planes were being delayed by an average of more than 2 and a half hours due to the weather.

Over 6,800 flights within, into or out of the USA were delayed on Saturday, with the biggest issues at hubs including Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago's O'Hare International.

At Denver International Airport, there were 100 flights canceled Saturday because of high winds. Boston is projected to get between 3 and 6 inches of snow.

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