Second snowstorm of the week slams nation's midsection, Northeast

  • Storm system will sweep from the southern Rockies to the Northeast
  • The Kansas City area could receive up to a foot of snow
  • Snowfall amounts of 6-10 inches will be common, forecasts say
  • More than 2,000 flights were canceled on Monday

By Ed Payne

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Fresh on the heels of record snowfall in New York and across the region, a second winter storm was dishing up more misery from the Rockies to Maine.

The Plains will bear the brunt early Tuesday, with the system racing into the Midwest and Northeast before the day is out.

"Snow is coming down faster than we can plow it," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, warning folks to stay off the road. "We have a very aggressive plowing operation going on, but the snow is coming down very rapidly."

A record 8 inches of snow blanketed Central Park on Monday. The forecast through Wednesday calls for up to 9 more inches.

The situation is so bad in New Jersey that Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency.

The "winter storm is expected to produce heavy snow and travel hazards throughout the state," the governor said in a statement.

He urged people to remain off the roads so that first responders and public safety officials could respond to any emergency situations.

The Plains and Midwest

Tuesday's storm swirled out of the southern Rockies overnight, cutting a 400-mile-wide swath from Nebraska to Texas. Snowfall amounts could hit a foot deep in the Kansas City area.

The storm's march across the heartland will dump 6-10 inches of snow to places like St. Louis, Springfield, Illinois; Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio.

"The month of January was the third-snowiest for Chicago," said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen, adding the area was deluged with 33.7 inches of snow. "If you go back the last 50 days, it's literally snowed every other day in Chicago."

The worst of this storm will bypass the Windy City, but will 2-4 inches of new snow.

Brutal weather impacts air travel

The wintry weather in the Northeast grounded air travel just a day after the Super Bowl brought people from across the country to the Northeast.

More than 2,000 flights were canceled on Monday within, into or out of the United States, according to, an online site that tracks flight data. More than 5,000 flights were delayed. Less than 500 flights had been canceled by early Tuesday.

The majority of those cancellations came from LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International, and Philadelphia International airports.

Newark, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports laid out cots and pillows for travelers who needed them overnight, according to Cheryl Albiez, spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates all three airports.

Francois Emond, of Alma, Quebec, arrived at Newark airport at 6 a.m. Monday to find his flight home had been canceled. Wearing a Seahawks championship hat and an ear-to-ear smile, he told CNN affiliate WABC that he didn't care about the cancellation or the weather in light of Seattle's victory.

"The night will be very short," Emond said. "When you win a Super Bowl for the first time, the night is very, very short."

This is the second wintry blast this year for the Northeast. Last month, extreme cold, strong winds and snow pummeled communities from New York to Massachusetts to Maine.

With a pair of storms already this week, forecasters are looking ahead to a third round of nasty winter weather for the weekend. It's a bad punchline to a mean joke.

"The Northeast faces a triple threat this week," said Hennen. " Expect ... perhaps a bigger storm over the weekend into early next week."


CNN's Chandrika Narayan, Catherine E. Shoichet and Haimy Assefa contributed to this report.



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