LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — Dozens of flights have already been canceled out of LAX because of another snowy, blowy nor’easter bearing down on the East Coast.
The giant storm, which has already begun dropping snow and light rain from Pennsylvania to Maine, is forecast to bring as much as two feet of snow to areas still struggling to recover after a nor’easter that took out power to thousands of homes for several days.
Most flights out of Los Angeles International Airport that have been canceled had been destined for JFK in New York and Boston, but that could change as the storm picks up steam.
Damaging winds are forecast with gusts of up to 60 mph on Cape Cod, 45 mph at the Jersey shore and 30 mph around suburban Philadelphia.
Depending on the storm’s track, communities along the Interstate 95 corridor could see heavy rain, heavy snow or a mix of both.
Transportation departments in Philadelphia and Boston loaded up salt trucks and treated roads Tuesday, and some airlines waived ticket change fees for airports in the storm’s projected path, such as Newark, Philadelphia, Boston and New York’s JFK.
Amtrak canceled some train service Wednesday, and regional rail trains in Philadelphia will be operating on a weekend schedule.
School districts and municipal operations around Pennsylvania and Connecticut are closed for the day. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declared states of emergency.
The National Weather Service urged people to stay off the roads to allow emergency and road crews to do their jobs. Some areas will get as much as 2 to 3 inches of snow an hour. Officials advised homeowners to be careful while shoveling, saying the weight of it has been known cause heart attacks.
A slight consolation is that the storm is not expected to bring the coastal flooding like the one last week. Some New England and New Jersey communities are still feeling the effects of that storm.
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