New York – Experts say many parts of the U.S. are in for a hell of a winter storm.
The National Weather Service is using terms such as “life-threatening” and “historic” to describe the system ready to spread across the Northeast.
The storm could dump up to 3 feet of snow in Boston and New York before it ends Tuesday, along with freezing rain and strong wind gusts possibly reaching hurricane level.
Blizzard and winter storm warnings are up from New Jersey through Maine and into Canada.
Airlines began canceling flights by the hundreds. FlightAware, a travel website, put the total at more than 1,800 early Monday
“We plan to cancel all flights Tuesday at Newark, LaGuardia and JFK, as well as Boston and Philadelphia,” said United Airlines Spokeswoman Mary Ryan.
Other airlines were implementing similar measures.
Check first if you’re flying into or out of the region.
“I want everyone to understand that we are facing — most likely — one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
He repeated throughout a Sunday afternoon news conference that people should expect delays, very slow or stalled commutes Monday evening. Whatever people do to be cautious, he said, do more.
“My message to all New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have seen before. Prepare to be safe. Take every precaution. Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather,” he said. “Don’t underestimate this storm.”
The Weather Service says whiteout conditions will make travel extremely dangerous in the entire affected area. Wind gusts in the New York City area could hit 65 mph.
The blizzard warning is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday through Tuesday, with the worst conditions expected from late Monday evening through midday Tuesday.
STORM SUMMARY MESSAGE From The National Weather Service
STORM SUMMARY NUMBER 01 FOR MID-ATLANTIC TO NORTHEAST MAJOR WINTER STORM NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD 400 AM EST MON JAN 26 2015 ...DEVELOPING MAJOR WINTER STORM BRINGING SNOW TO THE OHIO VALLEY AND MID-ATLANTIC... BLIZZARD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF NEW JERSEY TO MAINE. WINTER STORM WATCHES AND WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF WEST VIRGINIA AND MARYLAND...IN ADDITION TO EASTERN MARYLAND AND DELAWARE INTO MAINE. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE OHIO VALLEY...MID-ATLANTIC...AND THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS IN GEORGIA AND NORTH CAROLINA. FOR A DETAILED GRAPHICAL DEPICTION OF THE LATEST WATCHES...WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES...PLEASE SEE WWW.WEATHER.GOV AT 300 AM EST...A SURFACE LOW PRESSURE WITH A CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 1002 MB...29.59 INCHES...WAS LOCATED NEAR BLUEFIELD...WEST VIRGINIA AND MOVING EAST-NORTHEAST. A COLD FRONT EXTENDED FROM THIS LOW INTO THE SOUTHEAST AND ACROSS THE GULF OF MEXICO. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADARS AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATED THERE WAS A LARGE SWATH OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW FALLING ACROSS OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA. THERE WERE ALSO REPORTS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW MOVING INTO WESTERN NEW JERSEY AND NORTHERN MARYLAND. IN ADDITION...LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN WAS FALLING ACROSS THE TENNESSEE VALLEY...WEST VIRGINIA...VIRGINIA...AND CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA. ...SELECTED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN INCHES FROM 1100 PM EST WED JAN 25 THROUGH 300 AM EST FRI JAN 26... ...OHIO... MARYSVILLE 1 ESE 4.0 LAFAYETTE 3 NE 3.5 WAPAKONETA 2 SSE 3.5 BELLEFONTAINE 2 N 3.0 WINTERSVILLE 3.0 ...PENNSYLVANIA... MOON TOWNSHIP 3.9 BALDWIN 3.5 WEXFORD 3.5 AMSTERDAM 3.0 CRAFTON 3.0 NATRONA HEIGHTS 3.0 ROSS TOWNSHIP 3.0 STEUBENVILLE 3.0 PITTSBURGH 2.0 A NEW SURFACE LOW WILL DEVELOP ALONG THE NORTH CAROLINA/SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA COASTLINE ON MONDAY MORNING AND INTENSIFY RAPIDLY AS IT MOVES NORTHEASTWARD OFF THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST. FROM THERE...IT WILL MOVE ALONG THE NORTHEAST COASTLINE FROM MONDAY NIGHT AND INTO TUESDAY. THIS WILL BRING A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SNOW AND BLUSTERY WINDS ACROSS THE NORTHEAST AND NEW ENGLAND...CAUSING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. SNOW TOTALS OF 1 TO 3 FEET WILL OCCUR FROM THE NEW YORK CITY AREA INTO SOUTHERN AND EASTERN NEW ENGLAND. THE NEXT STORM SUMMARY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER AT 1000 AM EST. PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT.