PressTV-Winter storm hits northeast US, halting 2,500 flights

The second winter storm in less than a week struck the northeastern United States Wednesday, with around 2,500 flights canceled as the region braced for heavy snow.

Around 550 flights arriving and departing from John F Kennedy International Airport — nearly 42 percent of the total scheduled — were canceled by 7:00 pm (2400 GMT), along with 700 flights from New Jersey’s Newark airport and also from La Guardia, which operates primarily domestic flights, according to the FlightAware flight tracking site.

Airports in Boston and Philadelphia were also affected, with almost 20 percent of flights halted.

Snowfall, which was accompanied by thunder and lightning, varied across the region, and was not expected to last beyond Wednesday.

Only a few centimeters had fallen at JFK by the end of the day, but there were up to 30 centimeters in more central New York neighborhoods, and up to 50 centimeters in rural areas of New York state, New Jersey…

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