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Winter storm disrupts NE travel

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A wave breaks over an occupied car as people attempt to tow it to safety on Friday in Saco, Maine. The driver left the car as the tide continued to rise. (Joel Page/Associated Press)

1 p.m. Update: According to the Associated Press, traffic is moving again on Interstate 84 in New York's Hudson Valley where some motorists were trapped for hours as a winter storm pounded the Northeast.

Emergency crews used snowmobiles and all-terrain veicles to reach motorists. The incident is reminiscent of what happened in the Washington area during our severe snowstorm earlier in February.

11:10 a.m. Update: A tractor-trailer jackknifed and 16 commercial vehicles piled up on a mile of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, forcing closure of a 60-mile stretch in the hills of central Pennsylvania. Two injuries were reported.

Heavy snow also closed 30 miles of Interstate 84 in New York state, and state Police Sgt. Stephen Meehan called travel conditions throughout the mid-Hudson Valley "an absolute disaster." Harriman, N.Y., reported 29 inches of snow, with more coming down. Montague, in northwestern New Jersey, got 26.5 inches.

Several mountain roads in West Virginia were also closed.

Most flights were canceled for the day at the three New York-area airports, and only one runway was open at Philadelphia International Airport, where delays were heavy.

For parts of the region, including western Vermont, snow remains in the forecast through Monday.

In Newark, N.J., Rosa Cabrera waited 20 minutes for a bus that never came, then took off on foot to her job at a factory. Cabrera said her usual 10-minute bus ride was at least a half-hour walk, on a clear day.

"We thought we were used to the winters here," the Ecuador native said in Spanish, "but this is just too much."

-- Associated Press


9.25 a.m. Update: Travel conditions in the Northeast have deteriorated further in the past 24 hours. Multiple crashes have closed a 60-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike as a winter storm blows through the region.

Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo says the crash involves multiple vehicles in the westbound lanes. He says eastbound lanes are closed to allow rescue workers through.

Cancellations and delays are plaguing airports in the New York City area and Philadelphia. Roads are snow-clogged or flooded from Maine southward. New Jersey Transit has canceled buses to New York City. Rail service in New Jersey and Long Island is suspended or delayed.

Amtrak also canceled Northeast Regional trains 151, 183, 110 and 130.

For a look at the Federal Aviation Administration's flight delay map, click here.

-- Associated Press and Staff Reports

Original post: Washington-area airports are reporting many canceled and delayed flights to destinations throughout the Northeast corridor.

Airlines have canceled hundreds of flights in the New York City area and Philadelphia. Continental Airlines canceled 70 of its 200 flights at the major international airport in Newark, N.J., as well as all 200 flights planned by regional partners.

Officials at Philadelphia International Airport said nearly one-fifth of the flights scheduled there for the day had been scratched. The predictions of strong winds later in the day were the main reason, said airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica.

Washington airports officials urged travelers to call their airlines for the latest information.

Airlines serving BWI may be found here.

Airlines serving National are here.

Airlines serving Dulles are here.

-- Staff and Associated Press reports

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Snow plows are seen along Interstate 95 near Philadelphia on Thursday. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

By Michael Bolden  |  February 26, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Airports , Weather  | Tags: BWI, Dulles, Reagan National  
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