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Heavy weather threatening U.S. travel

Posted: January 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Highway crews work to clear snow from roads on Thursday in Henniker, N.H. About 6 to 10 inches of snow is expected in the southern half of New Hampshire, and up to a foot in the Seacoast area. Lesser amounts are expected farther north. The storm is expected to last into Friday morning.


BOSTON — A strong winter storm slammed the Northeast with stiff winds and punishing cold on Thursday, dumping nearly 2 feet of snow in parts of the region and threatening more.

The National Weather Service said 21 inches of snow had fallen in Boxford, just north of Boston, by Thursday night, while other parts of the state had 17 or 18 inches. It said parts of upstate New York had 18 inches while New York City was expected to get about 8.

The wide swath of the country expected to freeze up — including the entire Northeast — prompted airlines to cancel thousands of flights well in advance of the storm Thursday at a time when many holiday travelers are expected to try to get home. U.S. airlines canceled more than 2,300 flights nationwide Thursday.

At Los Angeles International Airport, more than a dozen flights coming in from Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Newark and John F. Kennedy International Airport were canceled by Thursday afternoon.

“Sixteen departure flights and four arrival flights have been canceled so far,” said LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles. Many more cancellations were expected to be announced after a conference of airline officials at 11 p.m. 

Castles advises passengers to check with their airlines before coming to the airport.

“Passengers could also visit our website to check the status of their flight,” Castles said. “All they have to do is sign up and register to receive instant electronic alerts on their specific flight status.

“They can also visit for other additional information.”

Snow began falling overnight Wednesday in parts of New England and New York state, but the brunt of the storm wasn’t expected until late Thursday. Forecasters said temperatures would plummet, with some areas seeing highs just above zero and wind-chill readings of minus-10 and colder.

Efforts were underway to get homeless people off the streets of New York City and Boston and into the safety of shelters Thursday evening. Outreach teams in New York were looking for people who needed beds in shelters.


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