Storm Izzy dumps up to 20 inches of snow in Ohio, canceling 1,700 flights and bringing 69 mph winds.
On Monday, a dangerous winter storm known as a Saskatchewan Screamer because it originated in the Canadian province dumped significant snow, strong thunderstorms, and strong winds across the northeastern United States, killing two people in a car accident in North Carolina.
After pummeling parts of the Southeast on Sunday, the storm system dumped a foot or more of snow in parts of New York state, Ohio, and Pennsylvania from Sunday night to Monday morning, leaving 150,000 people without power at one point.
‘We’ve had a very strong area of low pressure that’s kind of moved up the coast, with pretty heavy snowfall accumulations from Tennessee, North Carolina all the way into the northeast,’ said meteorologist Marc Chenard of the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland.
By 1 p.m. on Monday, forecasters in Buffalo, New York, had reported nearly 18 inches of snowfall.
The city advised residents not to travel unless it was absolutely necessary on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Day, while some nearby towns imposed a travel ban.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo tweeted overnight, ‘WOW! (Latest) snow measurement at 1 AM at the Buffalo Airport was 4.6 inches in the last hour!’
‘And another 4 inches in the last hour, ending at 2 a.m., bringing the total to 10.2 inches since late Sunday evening.’
15 inches or more of snow was reported in Cleveland, Ohio, and 25 inches in parts of Ashtabula County in the state’s northeast corner, according to weather service meteorologist Alexa Maines.
Hundreds of flights were canceled due to power outages that affected tens of thousands of people in the northeast.
Many COVID-19 vaccination and testing centers were forced to close.
According to the flight tracking website Flightaware, more than 1,700 US flights were canceled Monday, with another 1,500 delayed.
With 500 crashes reported in Virginia alone, officials are advising people not to travel in certain areas of the country.
New York City received less than an inch of snow overnight, which was washed away by rain.
Spotty showers and snow showers are expected to last until Monday night, according to the weather service.
Wind gusts in New York City could reach 45 miles per hour, while on Long Island, they could reach 60 miles per hour.
For much of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, sleet and rain were the main threats.
Overnight, snow showers gave way to rain showers.
Wind gusts of up to 70 mph are expected, according to NWS meteorologists in Boston.
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