Both ground and air travel throughout the U.S. East Coast was snarled on Saturday as a massive snowstorm that spanned 1,000 miles delayed thousands of travelers and last-minute holiday shoppers.
Weather experts predicted as much as an 8-inch accumulation in the hardest hit areas, including central Pennsylvania, much of New York State and the interior of the New England states. More than 12 inches of new snow was expected throughout Maine. As a result, almost half of the flights scheduled to and from busy Newark Airport in New Jersey were cancelled, leaving travelers to cool their heels in airport bars, lounges and restaurants.
Meteorologists said that increasing winds on Sunday would make driving conditions hazardous, although snowfall was expected to stop by early Sunday morning.
Although many officials expressed relief that the storm occurred on a weekend when normal business traffic is off the roads, it comes at the busiest time of year for holiday shoppers who are usually on the roads at all hours scrambling to finish their Christmas gift shopping. This weekend’s super storm came a short 7 days after another snow system dumped up to half a foot of the white stuff throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
East Coast Snowstorm Delays