New York soaks as US winter storm halts flights, causes outages

Pedestrians cross a street as motorists drive through the snow in South Carolina on Jan 16, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - The worst of the winter weather is winding down along the US East Coast after a quick-moving storm swept north-east, leaving thousands of customers without power and grounding flights.

Rain started to taper off in Washington and in New York's Central Park, where temperatures reached 5 degrees Celsius on Monday (Jan 17), according to the National Weather Service. Drizzly skies and gusty winds were still sweeping Boston, while snow was reported in upstate New York and across northern New England.

The winter precipitation is "pretty much done in D.C. to New York to Boston," said Mr Marc Chenard, a senior branch forecaster at the US Weather Prediction Centre.

"In general the storm will have some strong winds with it, but most of the bigger winter impacts will be in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, away from the coast."

More than 4,200 flights in the United States were cancelled or delayed on Monday, according to FlightAware. An additional 3,059 air trips had been scrubbed on Sunday.

In addition to the transportation turmoil, almost 99,000 customers were without power in six states including Georgia, West Virginia and Maine, as of Monday afternoon, according to, which tracks outages reported on utility websites. The hardest hit were South Carolina and North Carolina.

The heaviest snow reported was across northeast Ohio, where as much as 51cm has fallen, Chenard said.

Around Buffalo, New York, more than 40cm of snow accumulated, according to the National Weather Service.

Across the border, a snowstorm that began early on Monday is expected to bring as much as 60cm of snow to Toronto, with Environment and Climate Change Canada keeping the country's most-populous city under a winter storm warning. Parts of Quebec also face the same weather warning.

Temperatures in much of the US Northeast will linger on the mild side through Wednesday, but the cold will return later in the week with the low in New York predicted to fall to 15 Thursday night, the National Weather Service said.

There is a chance another storm could develop by the end of the week, Mr Chenard said, however there is a lot of uncertainty with the forecast right now.

"It is something worth watching," he said.

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