Officials: 17 deaths related to massive snowstorm

Jan 23, 2016 6:20 PM

Forecaster Gregory Gallina of the National Weather Service says the weekend's blizzard is transitioning away from the Washington-Baltimore area, moving further north, but in doing so its "end throws" are fierce.

That means strong winds of about an inch-and-a-half snow per hour and gusty nearly horizontal winds, although not the hurricane force winds seen on the coast earlier today.

Gallina says the Washington-Baltimore-Philadelphia region should get another two to six inches of snow before the storm ends around midnight.

But in New York, the blizzard is just strong, not ending. Gallina says New York City was seeing snow fall at a rate of two to three inches per hour.

New York's above-ground subway service has been shut down as snow continues to fall throughout the city.

More than 19 inches of snow has fallen in Central Park.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority revealed a revised subway map after limiting service Saturday afternoon. Much service on the 4 and 5 lines in the Bronx, the A line to the Rockaways and the B, D, F and Q lines in Brooklyn is suspended. Bus service was shut down hours earlier.

The MTA says above-ground Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad service also has been stopped.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in New York City and its suburbs.

Airlines canceled nearly 6,300 flights in the U.S. and beyond this weekend as blizzard conditions, cold and ice hit much of the U.S., with East Coast cities feeling the most impact.

The bulk of Saturday's 4,418 cancelations are at airports in the New York City and Washington metro areas, according to flight tracking service FlightAware. Another 1,855 flights were canceled for Sunday. Those cancelations center on Philadelphia, Washington and New York, with airlines essentially shutting down all flights into those cities.

The airlines hope to be back to a full schedule by Sunday afternoon to handle the typical influx of business travelers heading out to start the work week.

The powerful winter storm pummeling much of the U.S. also stymied the U.S. military on Saturday.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter was heading home from a five-day trip to Paris and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. But his high-tech aircraft - known as the Doomsday Plane - wasn't able to land at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland as originally planned.

Instead, the plane took a left turn and headed south. Carter was rerouted to Tampa, Florida, where he will wait until he is able to fly into the nation's capital.


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