Reuters By Daniel Trotta and Scott Malone 3/14/17
NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) - Snow began blanketing northeastern United States on Tuesday as a winter storm packing blizzard conditions rolled into the region, prompting public officials to ask people to stay home while airlines grounded flights and schools canceled classes.
Some 50 million people along the Eastern Seaboard were under storm or blizzard warnings and watches.
“If you must go out, do so for as limited time period as possible ... but the best thing to do is stay in,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.
“It’s a good day to stay home,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on CBS Radio. “It is going to be a dangerous, dangerous situation.” The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey readied hundreds of pieces of snow equipment at the three major New York area airports. Thousands of tons of salt and sand were prepared for airport roads, parking lots, bridges and tunnels.
Airlines preemptively canceled more than 4,000 flights ahead of the storm, according to tracking service. The airports with the most cancellations were Newark International Airport in New Jersey and Boston Logan International Airport.
American Airlines canceled all flights into New York’s three airports - Newark, LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport - and JetBlue Airways reported extensive cancellations. more