'Snowicane' Cripples Northeast

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) — Blowing snow crippled travel in the Northeastern United States Friday in what meteorologists have dubbed a “snowicane.”

Swirling snow stretched from Indiana to the East Coast and from Kentucky to New Brunswick, Canada, Accuweather.com reported. As much as three feet of snow fell in some areas with snowdrifts topping six feet and an addition six to 12 inches expected through Saturday.

High winds and heavy snow cut power for tens of thousands.

“Impact from the snowicane was severe in New England … due to high winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding. Here, thousands of trees were downed …,” Accuweather.com reported.

More snow is expected next week.

Schools were closed in New York City, and those commuters who tried to get to work Friday faced long delays, The New York Times reported. New Jersey Transit suspended all bus service in the northern and central part of the state until noon.

Philadelphia has already been hit hard by a series of storms in the mid-Atlantic region, making this winter the snowiest on record.

“It’s pretty stationary,” Matt Scalora, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, N.Y., said of the storm front.

A snow-covered tree limb in New York’s Central Park snapped Thursday, killing a man and prompting the city’s Parks Department to warn residents to stay away from city parks, CNN reported.

Air travel was disrupted from Philadelphia to Boston, the Times said. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and LaGuardia in New York.

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