Storm packing heavy snow bears down on U.S. Midwest, Northeast
Even before snow began piling up, airlines reported weather-related delays and cancellations, with major airports in Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., and Newark, New Jersey scrubbing dozens of flights, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and FlightStats.com.
The storm will "produce a pretty good swath of snow over about a 24-hour period," said Brian Korty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Mountainous areas and parts of eastern Maine could be walloped by a foot of snow.
"Snow will fall on and impact every major city and rural area from St. Louis to Boston, including Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City," he said.
Utility companies across the region put extra crews on duty and made preparations for possible outages.
The brunt of bad weather will hit through Saturday with the system moving out of the area by Sunday, AccuWeather said. Slushy conditions on Sunday could freeze in cold evening temperatures.
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Vicki Allen)
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