Posted at: 02/08/2013 3:15 PM
Updated at: 02/08/2013 3:18 PM
BOSTON (AP) - The governor of Massachusetts is banning all traffic from roads after 4 p.m. eastern time today, when the worst of a powerful snowstorm is expected to be bearing down on New England. It's believed to be the first traffic ban in the state since the blizzard of 1978.
Boston could get as much as three feet of snow, which would break the city's snowfall record of 27.6 inches. A forecaster says the storm is the type that "doesn't come along every day." Alan Dunham of the National Weather Service says it will be a "dangerous winter storm." The heaviest snowfall is expected tonight and into tomorrow. Wind gusts could reach 75 miles an hour.
In New York City, where 10 to 14 inches of snow could fall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says plows and 250,000 tons of salt are being put on standby. The snow began falling this morning, and it's being blamed for a 19-car pileup in Cumberland, Maine.
Amtrak has suspended its Northeast Corridor service between New York and Boston. Airlines, meanwhile have canceled thousands of flights through tomorrow.
One New Jersey town that was hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy has issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas still recovering from the storm.
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BOSTON (AP) - Airlines are generally shutting down their operations this afternoon at the three big New York-area airports, as well as in Boston, Providence and other Northeastern airports. They're hoping to resume flights tomorrow -- but that may depend on the severity of the storm.
The flight-tracking website FlightAware says airlines have already canceled more than 4,000 flights through tomorrow. Many travelers are already steering clear of the region, and airlines are waiving the usual fees to change flights in the affected area.
Airlines are increasingly automating the process of re-booking passengers. Delta is rolling out software it calls "VIPER" -- for Virtual Inconvenienced Passenger Expedited Reprotection -- to find replacement flights for passengers whose flights have been canceled -- even if it means changing flights at an airport that could be hundreds of miles out of the way.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Don't call it hype. The new director of the National Weather Service says some may be getting carried away in describing the winter storm bearing down on the Northeast. But he says the science is simple and chilling. Louis Uccellini is an expert on snowstorms. He says meteorologists are telling people that this is a dangerous storm because it is.
For more than a week, forecasters have seen it coming. And they believe it's worthy of a nickname like the huge East Coast storm of 1993 that weather experts call the "storm of the century."
Snowbound MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel agrees that forecasters are telling it like it is. But he adds people love to talk about and obsess over extreme weather. He calls it weather porn.