The Latest: New York City airport faces wind disruptionsThe Associated Press•A pedestrian walks across the street in downtown Scranton, Pa., on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. A major winter storm brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season and covered a large swath of the country in snow as it wreaked havoc on air travel and caused slick road conditions throughout New England Sunday. (Butch Comegys/The Times-Tribune via AP)The Latest on the winter storm hitting the East Coast (all times local):8:55 p.m.-Wind gusts exceeding 40 mph (64 kph) have caused flight disruptions at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey warned passengers Monday evening to check their flight status before heading to the airport.The alert came as the National Weather Service said 25 to 30 mph (40 to 48 kph) winds were expected to decrease to 14 to 19 mph after midnight.High winds and near single-digit temperatures led weather officials to warn that temperatures overnight would feel as low as 10 degrees (23 Celsius) below zero.Meanwhile, police in the upstate New York village of Scotia say 70-year-old Frank Demasi died after suffering a heart attack while shoveling snow. Village snow removal crews found him by his home Monday morning. The death toll from the weekend’s storm is at least seven._2:55 p.m.-Coast Guard crew members in New York have rescued a 21-year-old man stranded on an island in the Navensink River in 34-degree weather (1 Celsius) after his small boat broke down.The Coast Guard said crews arrived on the island just over half an hour after the call came in Monday morning. The air temperature was 7 degrees (minus-14 Celsius) with 30 mph wind.The search and rescue coordinator for Coast Guard Sector New York says a bad situation can turn to worse very fast in such conditions.Emergency works throughout the U.S. now say at least six people have died following the vicious winter storm that ravaged the northeastern U.S. over the weekendA man in charge of transportation at a southwestern Michigan school district had a fatal heart attack while shoveling snow._11:25 a.m.Officials say at least five people have died following the vicious winter storm that ravaged the eastern U.S. over the weekend.At least four people were killed Sunday due to the storm including a 12-year-old girl in suburban Chicago who died after a snow fort collapsed while she was playing outside a church. A utility worker in Connecticut was fatally struck by a falling tree as he was repairing a power line.And in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says a 59-year-old man and a 91-year-old man collapsed and died Sunday in two separate incidents after removing snow.A snowplow driver in Kansas was killed Saturday when the plow he was driving rolled over on a highway._9:15 a.m.Frigid air and high winds are causing dangerous travel conditions throughout the eastern U.S. after a powerful winter storm pummeled the region over the weekend.The National Weather Service forecasts Monday’s temperatures will be more than 20 degrees (minus-7 Celsius) below normal across the Northeast, with gusty winds and wind chills approaching minus 40 degrees in northern New York and Vermont.The bitter cold is expected to stymie travel once again with FlightAware reporting nearly 280 flights canceled as of Monday morning.Another storm system is already developing over the Rockies that could blanket the same region with more snow by the end of the week.
News Frigid air, high winds sweep the Northeast; at least 7 deadHOLLY RAMER•Marvin Hooks wears a face mask to protect him from the cold as he walks on North Street in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern U.S. Monday with falling temperatures replacing the weekend’s falling snow. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Falling temperatures replaced the weekend’s falling snow Monday as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern United States.
The National Weather Service had forecast that temperatures would be more than 20 degrees below normal across the Northeast, with wind gusts up to 30 mph (48 kph) and wind chills approaching minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 degrees Celsius) in northern New York and Vermont.Those wind gusts caused flight disruptions at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Monday and FlightAware reported hundreds of delayed flights. And after a few weather-related delays Sunday, Amtrak restored all scheduled service Monday.Atop the Northeast’s highest mountain, the temperature fell to minus 23 degrees (minus 31 Celsius) Monday morning and dropped to minus 31 (minus 35 Celsius) later in the afternoon, according to the Facebook page for Mount Washington Observatory, in New Hampshire. Wind chills were hovering around minus 80 (minus 62 Celsius).In New York, Coast Guard crews moved quickly to rescue a 21-year-old man left stranded on an island in the Navensink River after his small boat broke down. The Coast Guard said two members waded through 34-degree (1 Celsius) water to bring the man to safety. The air temperature was 7 degrees (minus 14 Celsius) with 30 mph wind.The weather contributed to multiple deaths over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.In suburban Chicago, the temperature was about 14 degrees (minus 10 Celsius) Sunday when a 12-year-old girl died after a snow fort collapsed on her. Police in Arlington Heights, Illinois, said Esther Jung had been playing with another girl outside Rothem Church. Their families began looking for them about an hour later and found them under the snow. The younger girl survived.In Connecticut, a utility company subcontractor died Sunday after being struck by a falling tree while working on a power line in Middletown. Thousands of homes and businesses in Connecticut remained without power Monday afternoon as temperatures dropped below zero in some locations.”This is a reminder of the danger these men and women face on our behalf,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a tweet. „While many are still out there working today, please join me in acknowledging them and sending our thoughts to this person’s family.”In Kansas, a snowplow driver was killed when the plow drove onto the shoulder of a road and rolled over, throwing him under the vehicle. It wasn’t clear why the driver had moved to the shoulder from the roadway.At least four people have died after shoveling snow.In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said a 59-year-old man and a 91-year-old man collapsed and died Sunday in separate incidents after removing snow. In upstate New York, 70-year-old Frank Demasi died Monday after collapsing with a heart attack while shoveling snow. And in southwest Michigan, a man in charge of transportation at a school district also died while shoveling snow. Portage district officials said Mike Westbrook died Saturday from a heart attack.Another storm system is already developing over the Rockies that could blanket the same region with more snow by the end of the week._This story has been corrected to show the Connecticut town is Middletown, not Middleton.
Winds are expected to ease in the East on Tuesday, but the cold will remain. By then the Midwest will see a brief reprieve from the deadly cold, but it will be short-lived. And the next wave of cold will bring more storms to the battered region.
A significant amount of snow was forecast for parts of Nebraska to Wisconsin. Chicago should see a wintry mix, but up to 8 inches was forecast for Waterloo, Iowa.
By Wednesday, mild temperatures and rain could lead to flooding of rivers and streams particularly in the Mid-Atlantic region, the weather service warned.
Long term, the forecast is for winter to be wintry.
„The cold shot and warmup will be brief,” AccuWeather said.
„We expect longer-duration cold blasts and less pronounced warmups during the latter part of January and into the first part of February,” AccuWeather long-range meteorologist Max Vido said.
The cold may continue even longer: „I would expect the relatively cold pattern to last at a minimum of four weeks and up to eight weeks,” Judah Cohen, a meteorologist with Atmospheric and Environmental Research, wrote in his blog Monday.
Contributing: Ben Mutzabaugh
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Polar plunge: Record low temperatures roll into Midwest, East behind snowstorm
(Bloomberg) — A one-two punch of bad weather and longer airport security lines mean it’ll continue to be a miserable weekend for many travelers in the U.S.
A blizzard that the National Weather Service says is shifting from the Midwest into the Northeast may leave up to two feet of snow. Strong gusty winds and bitter cold will follow, risking a dangerous flash freeze. In the West, heavy mountain snow will fall in California and the Rocky Mountain region.
President Trump tweeted about the weather around 8 a.m. New York time Sunday. Governors in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York had previously declared states of emergency.
Delta Air Lines Inc., Southwest Airlines Co., American Airlines Group Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp. waived rebooking fees this weekend for travelers disrupted by the storm. As of about noon in New York, 1,544 flights had been canceled in the U.S., the majority from Boston, New York and Chicago, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service. Another 989 had been delayed. JetBlue had canceled 42 percent of their flights.
Meanwhile, unscheduled absences for Transportation Security Administration employees climbed to 8 percent on Saturday versus 3 percent a year ago — the highest level seen so far during the shutdown. Some workers said they aren’t able to report to work due to financial limitations, TSA said in a statement this morning. Though the workers are furloughed because of the U.S. government shutdown, they’re still required to work without pay.
One security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Airport closed early on Saturday due to “excessive callouts,” the TSA said on Twitter. Passengers were advised to arrive earlier than usual for evening flights.
Temperatures expected in the Kansas City area on Sunday — where the Chiefs will play the New England Patriots in an AFC Championship game — are expected to be as low as 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 Celsius).
AccuWeather warned that the polar plunge of brutal cold could be life-threatening in areas and complicate travel and cleanup efforts from the storm.
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