Thousands of flights grounded in US
Reuters and APWASHINGTON/CONCORD, New Hampshire -- A powerful winter storm that has dumped a foot (30 cm) of snow on parts of the United States forced the cancellation of 457 flights on Thursday and threatened more havoc as it hit the New England states with fierce winds.
December 28, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
The National Weather Service said early Thursday that snow was falling heavily in Pennsylvania, upstate New York and some New England states. Among the highest snow totals were up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) in southeastern Massachusetts, up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) in Connecticut, up to a foot (305 millimeters) in some Pennsylvania counties and up to 11 inches (280 millimeters) in some parts of western New York.
The storm was expected to taper off into a mix of rain and snow closer to the coast, where little accumulation was expected in such cities as New York and Boston.
By Wednesday night, The National Weather Service said spotters had reported up to a foot (30 centimeters) of snow in some Pennsylvania counties. And a mix of snow, sleet and rain accompanied by high winds had arrived in western Massachusetts.
The massive storm system touched off tornadoes in the South and produced snow in Texas before barreling down on the densely populated Northeast.
The service forecast 12 to 18 inches (30.5 to 46 cm) of snow for northern New England after the storm moved northeast out of the lower Great Lakes, where it left more than a foot (30.5 cm) of snow on parts of Michigan.
The death toll from the storm has risen to 12.
Officials in Indiana say a man and a woman were killed when the scooter they were riding went out of control on a snowy street Wednesday and they were hit by a pickup truck. Other deaths include a man checking on a disabled vehicle who was struck and killed in Pennsylvania and two people killed in crashes in Virginia.
Two passengers in a car on a sleet-slickened Arkansas highway died when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck an sport utility vehicle.
In Oklahoma, the Highway Patrol said a 76-year-old woman died Tuesday when a truck crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the car she was in. The Highway Patrol earlier reported that a 28-year-old woman was killed in another crash.
The storm front was accompanied by freezing rain and sleet, creating hazards on the highways and at airports.