Tuesday, March 06, 2001

Flights cancelled by Northeast storm




By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        While the snowstorm that hit the Northeast Monday canceled dozens of flights out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, its effect on the weather here was minimal.

        “We're kind of on the tail end of that storm moving across the Northeastern U.S.,” said Jim Lott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington. “We're expecting a dusting, maybe a half-inch of snow. It's a pretty strong system, but we're just part of the western fringe of it.”

        Ted Bushelman, a spokesman for the airport, said 52 flights had been canceled by noon Monday at the airport.

        By mid-afternoon the Delta terminals and concourses at the airport were nearly empty. Some people waited, headed for locations south and west.

        Nationwide, hundreds of flights going into airports in the Northeast, especially in New York and Boston, were canceled Monday, with winter storm watches in effect from West Virginia to Maine. More than a million children were excused from schools.

        Today, temperatures will be well below normal, with a high of about 30 degrees. Blustery winds at 15 to 25 mph — with some gusts at 30 to 35 mph — could bring the wind chill down into single digits.

        Mr. Lott said Northern Ohio will experience the same situation, although lake effect snow coming off Lake Erie could mean accumulations of up to 2 inches.

        Conditions are expected to improve on Wednesday, with temperatures rising to 40 degrees and no snow predicted.

       



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