A second winter storm in less than a week on the east coast of the United States on Wednesday caused the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights at the three major airports in New York and its metropolitan area.
The snow fell heavily in the afternoon over the city of New York, where the national meteorological service predicts an accumulation of 20 to 33 cm of snow. In some areas of the neighboring state of New Jersey, in Connecticut or in more rural parts of the state of New York the snow could reach 50 cm.
At 1:30 pm (18:30 GMT) 52% of the flights that had to leave Newark airport in New Jersey were canceled, as well as 54% of flights at LaGuardia airport and 42% at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport York, according to the specialized site Flightaware.com.
The airports of Boston and Philadelphia were also affected, but less, with about 20% of flights canceled.
“Each airport is equipped with critical provisions such as cots, blankets, diapers and baby formula for stranded passengers,” said the Port Authority.
Also Most of the long journeys from the bus terminal in New York, the country’s most populous city with 8.5 million inhabitants, were canceled on Wednesday. The railway company Amtrak also announced the cancellation of several train exits that run between Boston and Washington.