Passengers are forced to stay overnight at Boston’s Logan Airport after dozens of flights were canceled as a snowstorm sweeps across New England, bringing up to eight inches of snow
- Snow brought travel chaos to Boston as 36 flights in Logan were canceled
- Passengers were held on planes for six hours while others slept on the ground
- Schools postponed opening today and fire brigades warned of icy roads
Passengers were forced to sleep on cots at Logan Airport after dozens of flights were canceled due to the East Coast winter storm.
Passengers, some of whom were stranded at the airport for more than 12 hours, said all hotels were booked and flight crews had placed cots on the airport floor, while across the country California was hit by a huge “bowlingball” storm.
Already 36 flights out of Boston have been canceled due to the snow, and some travelers have been stuck on their planes for up to six hours before being evacuated in the bitter cold due to staffing issues.
A huge backlog of aircraft de-icing resulted in passengers being unable to disembark, and Delta offered them a $50 travel voucher as compensation.
Passengers, some of whom were stranded at Logan Airport for more than 12 hours, said all hotels were booked and flight crews had placed cribs on the airport floor
Schools in several Massachusetts districts also delayed opening today after the first snowfall of the season.
The Newton Fire Department said several accidents, including a seven-car pile-up, occurred on the slippery roads on Route 9 West.
The snow covered large parts of northeastern Pennsylvania, upstate New York, northwestern Connecticut, northwestern New Jersey, New England and western Massachusetts, all of which are under winter weather warnings.
Eight inches of snow had fallen in Chester, Massachusetts by 9:30 p.m. last night.
The state’s winter weather advisory was only in effect until 7 a.m. today, but frigid commutes are still likely across eastern and southern Rhode Island.
On Monday, residents and commuters in New York, northern New Jersey, New England and northern Pennsylvania can expect one to three inches of snow.
The snow covered large parts of northeastern Pennsylvania, upstate New York, northwestern Connecticut, northwestern New Jersey, New England and western Massachusetts
The snow has already caused 36 flights out of Boston to be canceled, leaving some travelers stuck in their planes for up to six hours
A huge backlog in de-icing the aircraft’s refueling meant that passengers were unable to disembark the aircraft
Snow is expected to hit the Northeast by Monday, with up to 10 inches expected at higher elevations
Winter weather alerts have been sent to areas on the east coast
Snow was seen for the first time in Monsey, New York this winter as up to three inches of snow is expected in some areas of the state.
Footage of the snowfall showed cars, rooftops and grass covered with a light layer of snow.
While those in the Northwest wait for the snow, the other side of the US has been hit by heavy rain and several feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada.
The storm paralyzed mountain highways, downed trees and prompted flood and avalanche warnings from the Northern California coast to Lake Tahoe on Saturday.
More than 250 miles of the Sierra remained under a winter storm warning through early Monday from north of Reno to south of Yosemite National Park.