Jan 17 (Reuters) – A winter snowstorm creeping across the United States’ east coast into Canada on Monday is expected to dump more than 60cm of snow in some areas, immobilizing planes and stranding motorists.
More than 4,200 flights in the United States were canceled or delayed on Monday, according to FlightAware. Nearly 90,000 homes and businesses between Georgia and Maine lacked power, according to PowerOutage.US.
Traffic was slowed in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, as the snowstorm reduced visibility to near zero, shut down subway lines and left motorists stranded on local freeways for hours.
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Buses were at a standstill and passing pedestrians helped push cars down a street on a main suburban road in central Toronto. The area was expected to receive up to 2 feet of snow and a severe weather warning was in effect. Authorities have asked residents not to drive on the roads.
In neighboring Quebec, bad weather caused traffic accidents, including pileups involving dozens of vehicles that forced authorities to close some highways, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC).
In the eastern United States, authorities have also urged residents to avoid snowy roads during the holiday honoring slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Ashtabula, Ohio on Lake Erie recorded 27 inches of snowfall, according to the National Weather Service, while parts of New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina received more than 20 inches.
Atlanta saw its first snowfall in four years, according to the NWS, and parts of North Carolina saw record snowfall.
As the storm swept north, northern Maine and New Hampshire were still expected to receive 2 to 4 inches of ice and snow Monday night, the weather service said. Windy conditions were expected across much of the region through Tuesday.
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