Fast-moving storm moves East, chilling states from Missouri to Maine

Across the Midwest and Northeast, a massive winter storm is expected to bring heavy snow and wet weather, complicating travel over the weekend. 

Seth Perlman/AP
A woman struggles against strong winds and falling snow as a fast moving winter storm moves into the Midwest Friday, in Springfield, Ill. A winter weather advisory extends from Missouri to western New York, according to the National Weather Service. Boston and most of southern New England may see 6 to 12 inches of snow while areas just north and east of the New York may get as much as 10 inches.

The U.S. Midwest and East Coast braced for another round of wintry weather on Saturday as a massive storm spanning more than 1,000 miles promised heavy snow, slick roads and travel delays.

Even before snow began piling up, airlines reported weather-related delays and cancellations, with major airports in ChicagoCleveland, Washington, D.C., and NewarkNew Jersey scrubbing dozens of flights, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and FlightStats.com.

The fast-moving snow storm will hit states from Missouri to Maine, with southeastern states drenched by steady rainfall.

The storm will "produce a pretty good swath of snow over about a 24 hour period," said Brian Korty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The heaviest accumulation was expected in central PennsylvaniaNew York state and interior New England, which could see between 4 and 8 inches of snow. Mountainous areas and parts of eastern Maine could be walloped by a foot of snow.

More than 110 million people across the Midwest and along the East Coast will be affected, said AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

"Snow will fall on and impact every major city and rural area from St. Louis to Boston, including ChicagoDetroit,CincinnatiCleveland, PittsburghPhiladelphia and New York City," he said.

The same region was slammed a week ago by another massive storm system that left parts of the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast shoveling out from a half-foot of snow.

Utility companies across the region put extra crews on duty and made preparations for possible outages.

New York City's Sanitation Department for a second Saturday issued a snow alert and prepared plows and salt spreaders to clear snowy, icy roads.

The brunt of bad weather will hit through Saturday with the system moving out of the area by Sunday, AccuWeather said. Slushy conditions on Sunday could freeze in cold evening temperatures.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.