Snow threatens further travel chaos after Christmas

 In U.S.

After snow wreaked havoc on travel plans in the Northeast on Christmas Day, as much as five feet is expected to blanket upstate New York and northern Michigan while towns throughout the Great Lakes snowbelts are likely to see significant accumulation of the white stuff throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.

The lake-effect snow will makes its presence felt on throughout the banks of lakes Ontario, Erie, Michigan, and Superior, according to The Weather Channel.

That is why the National Weather Service in Buffalo has warned of ‘difficult to impossible’ travel conditions.

Western New York’s roads were hit by rapidly accumulating snow as well as whipping 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts.

Heavy snowfall and low visibility prompted Logan Airport in Boston to shut down runways on Monday

Heavy snowfall and low visibility prompted Logan Airport in Boston to shut down runways on Monday

Heavy snowfall and low visibility prompted Logan Airport in Boston to shut down runways on Monday

The airport also grounded flights for about 90 minutes on Monday

The airport also grounded flights for about 90 minutes on Monday

The airport also grounded flights for about 90 minutes on Monday

Snow covers solar panels in Amherst, Massachusetts on Monday. A blizzard swept into parts of New England and bitter cold enveloped much of the Midwest on Monday

Snow covers solar panels in Amherst, Massachusetts on Monday. A blizzard swept into parts of New England and bitter cold enveloped much of the Midwest on Monday

Snow covers solar panels in Amherst, Massachusetts on Monday. A blizzard swept into parts of New England and bitter cold enveloped much of the Midwest on Monday

A winter wonderland scene in the city of Coxsackie, in Greene County, New York, which got walloped with snow on Christmas Day  

A winter wonderland scene in the city of Coxsackie, in Greene County, New York, which got walloped with snow on Christmas Day  

A winter wonderland scene in the city of Coxsackie, in Greene County, New York, which got walloped with snow on Christmas Day  

By the time this system dissipates sometime Wednesday, three-to-five feet of snow is expected to have covered swaths of New York State stretching from Watertown in the north to Syracuse in the center to Buffalo in the west. The image above shows snowfall in Buffalo on Monday

By the time this system dissipates sometime Wednesday, three-to-five feet of snow is expected to have covered swaths of New York State stretching from Watertown in the north to Syracuse in the center to Buffalo in the west. The image above shows snowfall in Buffalo on Monday

By the time this system dissipates sometime Wednesday, three-to-five feet of snow is expected to have covered swaths of New York State stretching from Watertown in the north to Syracuse in the center to Buffalo in the west. The image above shows snowfall in Buffalo on Monday

A Buffalo resident puts a ruler on the ground to measure the snow accumulation on Monday

A Buffalo resident puts a ruler on the ground to measure the snow accumulation on Monday

A Buffalo resident puts a ruler on the ground to measure the snow accumulation on Monday

As much as five feet is expected to blanket upstate New York and northern Michigan while towns throughout the Great Lakes snowbelts are likely to see significant accumulation of the white stuff throughout Tuesday and Wednesday

As much as five feet is expected to blanket upstate New York and northern Michigan while towns throughout the Great Lakes snowbelts are likely to see significant accumulation of the white stuff throughout Tuesday and Wednesday

As much as five feet is expected to blanket upstate New York and northern Michigan while towns throughout the Great Lakes snowbelts are likely to see significant accumulation of the white stuff throughout Tuesday and Wednesday

The lake-effect snow will makes its presence felt on throughout the banks of lakes Ontario, Erie, Michigan, and Superior

The lake-effect snow will makes its presence felt on throughout the banks of lakes Ontario, Erie, Michigan, and Superior

The lake-effect snow will makes its presence felt on throughout the banks of lakes Ontario, Erie, Michigan, and Superior

By the time this system dissipates sometime Wednesday, an estimated three-to-five feet of snow is expected to have covered wide swaths of New York State stretching from Watertown in the north to Syracuse in the center to Buffalo in the west

By the time this system dissipates sometime Wednesday, an estimated three-to-five feet of snow is expected to have covered wide swaths of New York State stretching from Watertown in the north to Syracuse in the center to Buffalo in the west

By the time this system dissipates sometime Wednesday, an estimated three-to-five feet of snow is expected to have covered wide swaths of New York State stretching from Watertown in the north to Syracuse in the center to Buffalo in the west

By the time this system dissipates sometime Wednesday, an estimated three-to-five feet of snow is expected to have covered wide swaths of New York State stretching from Watertown in the north to Syracuse in the center to Buffalo in the west.

Earlier on Christmas Day, snow accumulation in the Northeast led to hectic holiday travel as well as one scary moment for a plane.

A JetBlue flight from Savannah skidded off the icy runway just moments after it touched down at Boston’s Logan International Airport late Christmas Day.

A spokesperson for JetBlue put out a statement on Twitter which read: ‘JetBlue flight 50 from Savannah to Boston went off a taxiway shortly after landing at approximately 7:15pm.

A JetBlue flight from Savannah skidded off the icy runway just moments after it touched down at Boston¿s Logan International Airport late Christmas Day. Passengers are seen deplaning the aircraft with the help of firefighters at approximately 7:30pm Monday at Logan Airport

A JetBlue flight from Savannah skidded off the icy runway just moments after it touched down at Boston¿s Logan International Airport late Christmas Day. Passengers are seen deplaning the aircraft with the help of firefighters at approximately 7:30pm Monday at Logan Airport

A JetBlue flight from Savannah skidded off the icy runway just moments after it touched down at Boston’s Logan International Airport late Christmas Day. Passengers are seen deplaning the aircraft with the help of firefighters at approximately 7:30pm Monday at Logan Airport

A spokesperson for JetBlue put out a statement on Twitter which read: ¿JetBlue flight 50 from Savannah to Boston went off a taxiway shortly after landing at approximately 7:15pm.' Firefighters are seen above boarding the aircraft after it skidded off the runway

A spokesperson for JetBlue put out a statement on Twitter which read: ¿JetBlue flight 50 from Savannah to Boston went off a taxiway shortly after landing at approximately 7:15pm.' Firefighters are seen above boarding the aircraft after it skidded off the runway

A spokesperson for JetBlue put out a statement on Twitter which read: ‘JetBlue flight 50 from Savannah to Boston went off a taxiway shortly after landing at approximately 7:15pm.’ Firefighters are seen above boarding the aircraft after it skidded off the runway

Earlier on Monday, Logan Airport shut down its runways and grounded its flights due to heavy snow, which brought about poor visibility. Firefighters are seen on the ground as a passenger snapped this photo from on board the jet

Earlier on Monday, Logan Airport shut down its runways and grounded its flights due to heavy snow, which brought about poor visibility. Firefighters are seen on the ground as a passenger snapped this photo from on board the jet

Earlier on Monday, Logan Airport shut down its runways and grounded its flights due to heavy snow, which brought about poor visibility. Firefighters are seen on the ground as a passenger snapped this photo from on board the jet

Massachusetts transit officials told CBS Boston on Monday that airport crews were unable to keep up with the snow as it fell early this morning

Massachusetts transit officials told CBS Boston on Monday that airport crews were unable to keep up with the snow as it fell early this morning

Massachusetts transit officials told CBS Boston on Monday that airport crews were unable to keep up with the snow as it fell early this morning

At around 10am, the airport suspended take offs and landings, though it did re-open runways about an hour later

At around 10am, the airport suspended take offs and landings, though it did re-open runways about an hour later

At around 10am, the airport suspended take offs and landings, though it did re-open runways about an hour later

‘No injuries have been reported at this time.

‘Buses transported customers from the aircraft to the terminal.’

News of the faulty landing was reported by WSVN-TV.

Earlier on Monday, Logan Airport shut down its runways and grounded its flights due to heavy snow, which brought about poor visibility. 

Winter Storm Ethan dumped at least three inches of snow on Boston, which saw its first White Christmas in 14 years. 

Crews at Logan eventually cleared the runways around noon time and flights were back up and running, according to WHDH-TV. 

The inclement weather still caused delays and backups, though Christmas Day is usually a light travel day. 

Massachusetts transit officials told CBS Boston on Monday that airport crews were unable to keep up with the snow as it fell early this morning. 

At around 10am, the airport suspended take offs and landings, though it did re-open runways about an hour later. 

Transit officials advised motorists to stay off the roads on Monday. 

They also reduced the speed limit on the Massachusetts Turnpike to 40 miles per hour. 

Midwest and parts of Northeast are bearing the brunt of Winter Storm Ethan on Christmas Day

Midwest and parts of Northeast are bearing the brunt of Winter Storm Ethan on Christmas Day

Midwest and parts of Northeast are bearing the brunt of Winter Storm Ethan on Christmas Day

This weather map shows snow blanketing portions of the Midwest and Northwest, as well as areas of upstate New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts on the East Coast Monday

This weather map shows snow blanketing portions of the Midwest and Northwest, as well as areas of upstate New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts on the East Coast Monday

This weather map shows snow blanketing portions of the Midwest and Northwest, as well as areas of upstate New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts on the East Coast Monday

Parts of Maine, include Bangor, are seeing heavy snowfall on Monday, with totals ranging between 5-12 inches 

Parts of Maine, include Bangor, are seeing heavy snowfall on Monday, with totals ranging between 5-12 inches 

Parts of Maine, include Bangor, are seeing heavy snowfall on Monday, with totals ranging between 5-12 inches 

Snow is falling in Albany, New York, parts of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire 

Snow is falling in Albany, New York, parts of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire 

Snow is falling in Albany, New York, parts of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire 

Blustery conditions: New York City will be seeing strong, gusty winds of up to 28 mph 

Blustery conditions: New York City will be seeing strong, gusty winds of up to 28 mph 

Blustery conditions: New York City will be seeing strong, gusty winds of up to 28 mph 

A man skies downhill with a child during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24

A man skies downhill with a child during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24

A man skies downhill with a child during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24

Because of the rough weather throughout the Northeast and Midwest, 7,800 flights were delayed and more than 255 were canceled, according to CBS News. 

The good news for many in the Northeast and Midwest is that it was a white Christmas.

The bad news is a blizzard swept into parts of New England and bitter cold enveloped much of the Midwest. 

Motorists in New England were in for tough sledding as a Christmas storm brought nearly a foot of snow in places.

A blizzard warning was issued Monday for portions of central and northern Maine, and part of the New Hampshire coast. 

Forecasters warned that snow of up to 10 inches and wind gusts up to 50 mph could make travel ‘dangerous to impossible.’ 

A band of states from eastern Montana and the Dakotas to Wisconsin were expecting wind chill temperatures in places at 30 to 40 below zero, according to the National Weather Service. 

The upper half of Iowa and northern Illinois also braced for subzero temperatures.

Temperatures in Chicago were expected to fall to a degree or two below zero overnight. 

Snow amounts in the Midwest were not large for this time of year. 

A storm system that swept from Nebraska through Iowa dropped around 2 inches of snow on Chicago, the weather service said. 

A man skies downhill with his dogs during snowfall in Chicago. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated

A man skies downhill with his dogs during snowfall in Chicago. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated

A man skies downhill with his dogs during snowfall in Chicago. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated

A snow covered statue of Santa Claus is seen in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago

A snow covered statue of Santa Claus is seen in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago

A snow covered statue of Santa Claus is seen in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago

A Chicago Bears fan watches in the snow against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL football game in Chicago on Sunday

A Chicago Bears fan watches in the snow against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL football game in Chicago on Sunday

A Chicago Bears fan watches in the snow against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL football game in Chicago on Sunday

White Christmas: A man digs out his car on the covered streets of the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, on Christmas Eve

White Christmas: A man digs out his car on the covered streets of the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, on Christmas Eve

White Christmas: A man digs out his car on the covered streets of the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, on Christmas Eve

A general view of skyscrapers are seen during snowfall in Chicago on December 24

A general view of skyscrapers are seen during snowfall in Chicago on December 24

A general view of skyscrapers are seen during snowfall in Chicago on December 24

That was just enough to provide a picturesque backdrop for those gathering for Christmas dinners. 

But it wasn’t enough to cause havoc either on roadway or airport runaways.

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was reporting just six cancellations and average delays of only 15 minutes around noon Monday. 

There were no cancellations at the city’s other major airport, Midway, and delays were less than 15 minutes on average. 

The nation’s third largest city had comparatively little snow for the season until the weekend – just over 2 inches in all, said Ricky Castro, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. 

So, snow-lovers were pleased. 

‘It’s a more wintry feel for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with a cold week ahead,’ Castro said. 

In addition to slowing travel in New England, the storm was responsible for some power outages. 

Eversource reported more than 20,000 customers in eastern Massachusetts without electricity, the bulk on Cape Cod which was feeling the brunt of strong winds. 

Most of Indiana had been under winter weather advisory with officials urging motorists to stay put unless they absolutely had to travel. 

Northern Indiana had been expecting up to 5 inches with slightly less in the southern part of the state. 

New England was expected to get up to 8 inches of snow. Strong winds were predicted for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island with gusts up to 65 mph. 

Mountain areas in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming received more than 1 foot of snow, which started Saturday. 

It was good news for holiday skiers and resorts which have struggled with a slow start this season. 

But it meant a heightened warning of avalanches in higher elevations.  

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