A powerful winter storm beat the northeastern United States and the Mid-Atlantic region Tuesday.
Dozens of schools have been closed and thousands of flights canceled, and officials have repeatedly warned residents not to take the road.
The US meteorological authorities have issued blizzard warnings for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
The New York metropolitan area could receive between 30 and 45 centimeters of snow and be swept by winds of nearly 100 kilometers per hour. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the 62 state counties and five metropolitan districts, and asked non-essential officials to stay at home. Hundreds of school boards between Buffalo and New York canceled classes for the day.
In Philadelphia, officials warned that the storm is potentially “fatal” and asked people to take shelter where they are. Coastal flood warnings were launched from Massachusetts to Delaware.
The FlightAware site reported more than 5,000 flights canceled on Tuesday. Eighty-five percent of the flights were canceled at three major airports in New York, where officials also closed Tuesday morning the portion of the subway that runs on the surface. The Amtrak rail carrier also had to cancel or modify its service along the northeast corridor.
In Massachusetts, where between 30 and 45 centimeters of snow is expected, Governor Charlie Baker has asked motorists to stay at home and others to use public transportation only if absolutely necessary. The speed with which snow will accumulate “will create dangerous conditions on (State) roads,” he said.
His Maryland counterpart, Larry Hogan, declared a state of emergency. In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolfe announced the mobilization of 700 members of the National Guard and the deployment of more than 2,000 snow plows.
Schools were closed Tuesday in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and elsewhere.
Seven people were slightly injured in the Chicago area when bad weather caused two car crashes involving a total of 34 vehicles on the Kennedy Highway, north of the city.