Sunday, January 8, 2017

Storm packing heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain continued to paralyze ...



A storm packing heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain continued to paralyze the U.S. South on Saturday (January 7), moving up the east coast to hit New York.The blizzard brought winter weather to a region unaccustomed to it and leading to traffic snarls and widespread school closures, piling up to 8 inches (20 cm) of snow and 1 inch (3 cm) of sleet in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Southwest Airlines canceled all flights out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and as of 5:00 p.m. (2200 GMT), there were 3,200 flight cancellations and over 7,900 delays according to tracking service FlightAware.com. According to the Weather Channel at least four people died from weather-related causes in the West and South. Snow blanketed New York region on Saturday, with 4 to 8 inches expected in some parts of the city. According to the National Weather Service, JFK airport reported 4.5 inches. LaGuardia Airport canceled over a third of its flights, grounding 107 airplanes due to wintery weather according to FlightAware.com.

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