Winter Storm 2014 School Closings, Flight Delays and Cancellations
- Jessica Michele Herring
- Jan 21, 2014 08:03 PM EST
More than 2,700 flights have been canceled Tuesday across the nation due to winter snowstorm, which is hitting the East Coast with heavy snow and high winds.
Flights in and out of the New York-area account for 71 percent of the cancellations and 95 percent of the delays, according to FlightAware. JetBlue has canceled 475 flights.
The Associated Press also reports that 700 flights scheduled for Wednesday have been canceled.
The blizzard brought heavy snow and frigid temperatures midday Tuesday to the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England. New Jersey is operating under a state of emergency, and schools in Boston, Philadelphia and Providence have canceled classes for Wednesday, according to Weather.com.
"It's a major winter storm for the Northeast," said The Weather Channel's winter weather expert Tom Niziol. "This is truly a nor'easter."
Travel is slow throughout Indiana, and dozens of school districts closed schools on Tuesday. County emergency officials say wind gusts have been causing snow drifts, causing reduced visibility.
In Maryland, state police say one person was killed in a collision on snow-covered Route 140 near Emmitsburg after 11 a.m. Dozens of schools closed early Tuesday, and the Maryland Transit Administration says MARC Penn line trains are operating on an "S" schedule and service is canceled on Camden and Brunswick lines. MTA's commuter bus service is also canceled except for Route 201. A parking ban has been instated, beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Gov. Deval Patrick has also sent state employees home early to avoid the commute.
Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey. His inauguration celebration was also canceled.
In New York, Code Blue programs have been activated to provide emergency shelter for the homeless, and the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Philadelphia is under a snow emergency beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The SEPTA public transit system expects hour-long delays during the evening commute.
In Virginia, Fairfax County Public Schools, Alexandria City School and dozens more closed on Tuesday, and the Virginia Rail Express is operating on an "S" schedule.
The federal government closed in Washington, D.C., and public schools are closed Tuesday. The Smithsonian museums closed at 4 p.m. due to the weather. The White House Briefing has been canceled, and the meeting with the President's Commission on Election Administration has been postponed. The Metro has canceled Metro Access paratransit services, and bus service will be delayed, detoured or suspended.
In West Virginia, 43 counties canceled school on Tuesday.