Boston’s Logan Airport cancels most flights as city braces for worst snowstorm in history
Boston’s Logan Airport cancels most flights as the city braces for the worst snowstorm in its history: More than 2,000 flights grounded today and nearly 3,500 tomorrow as nor’easter comes down to “as powerful as the strongest hurricane” the east coast
- Boston’s Logan Airport canceled 136 flights on Friday and 586 on Saturday
- City braces for worst snow storm in history to hit this weekend
- “We’re declaring a snow emergency starting tonight,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu tweeted ahead of the storm
- Across the country, 2,252 flights were canceled on Friday and 3,472 flights were already canceled for Saturday
- The entire east coast is preparing for blizzard conditions with high winds, up to 60 cm of snow and flooding
Boston’s Logan Airport has canceled most flights as the city braces for the worst snowstorm in its history to hit this weekend as the East Coast prepares for blizzard-like conditions and up to 2 feet of snow, making travel treacherous and flooding the coast. cause areas.
The East Coast expects strong winds and a few inches of snow Friday night that will affect 75 million people from the Southeast to New England.
Across the country, 2,252 flights were canceled on Friday and 3,472 flights were already canceled for Saturday, according to FlightAware.
Boston airport has canceled 19 out and 117 flights for Friday and 301 out and 285 into the airport on Saturday, according to the flight tracking website.
All airports should be free early Sunday morning.
“This storm is likely to strengthen at a speed and intensity equal to only the most powerful hurricanes, so the high-end potential of this storm cannot be overstated,” CNN said meteorologist Brandon Miller.
“But with nor’easters, as with real estate, it all comes down to location, location, location.”
Forecasts show Boston may be registering the worst snow storm in history. The large city is expected to get about 18-24 inches of snow, and wind gusts of 70 miles per hour were forecast as of Saturday.
Southeast Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the island of Martha’s Vineyard, are expected to receive the highest snow totals.
If Boston is hit by more than 23.6 inches of snow in 24 hours, it will replace the 2003 blizzard as the snowiest day in the city’s history. If the city sees more than 24.6 inches of snow, this weekend’s storm will become the snowiest since the record-breaking snowstorm that struck from January 26 to January 28, 2015.
Snowfall will move into the top 10 snowiest days on record as Boston sees more than 14.8 inches of snow in 24 hours.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning Friday for the Boston metropolitan area, which has nearly 4.9 million residents.
“We are declaring a snow emergency starting tonight,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said in a tweet. “Residents are encouraged to stay at home.”
The first winter storm warnings were issued for parts of eastern Massachusetts at 3 p.m. Wednesday, about 57 hours before they were set to go into effect at noon Saturday.
Local meteorologists have said forecasts show Boston is very likely to be hit by a snowstorm on Saturday.
To become a blizzard, a storm must have had sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or more and significant falling and/or blowing snow that reduces visibility to less than a quarter of a mile for at least three consecutive hours.
This weekend’s storm would be the first time that Boston has been warned of a blizzard since March 2018.
“Boston is on the bullseye of some of the worst expected conditions, and in Maine,” meteorologist Mary Gilbert told the New York Post. “They will also have very strong winds, so travel will be very difficult.”
But Boston isn’t the only city waiting for a potential blizzard. Nearly 10 million people in 10 states in coastal counties from New England to Virginia have received a snowstorm warning.
If the city sees more than 24.6 inches of snow, this weekend’s storm will become the snowiest since the record-breaking snowstorm that struck from January 26 to January 28, 2015.
Accuweather forecasters recommend not traveling through New England during the storm on Saturday and Sunday nights, as the storm is likely to maintain its intensity for about eight to 12 hours.
Some parts of the Atlantic coast also faced the possibility of flooding in low-lying areas and vulnerable roads, the NWS said.
The storm system will push temperatures down. Highs Saturday will range from 15 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit below the average in the eastern third of the US.
The last notable nor’easter to hit the northeast came in October, battering the area with strong winds and heavy rainfall that left more than 600,000 homes and businesses without power at one point. USA today reported.