The U.S. East Coast faces a second day of travel disruption after snowstorms blanketed cities from New York to Boston, closing airports and halting trains with waist-high drifts and blinding winds.
New York City’s Central Park had 20 inches (51 centimeters) of snow, the most in 10 months, by 8 a.m. as the storm’s center shifted north and east, the National Weather Service said. Snowfall in the city eased by daybreak while the agency issued blizzard warnings for Boston and into Maine.
Almost 3,000 flights were canceled in the region. John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty were to reopen at 4 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said on its website.
“It is horrendous in the New York City area,” Tom Kines, a meteorologist at State College, Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather Inc., said by telephone. “This is about as bad as it gets. There may have been storms that equaled this but it doesn’t get much worse than this. To get this much snow with the amount of wind that is accompanying it, that is devastating.”
The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market said they will keep normal hours today.