Winter Storm Cripples Northeast, Impacts International Travel

Posted at 8:09 AM, Jan 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-03 08:25:47-05

bad weather(CNN) — Bitter cold. Below-zero. Blizzard conditions.

Sorry, Northeast. But those are phrases you’ll be using a lot Friday amid a monster storm.

And not just the Northeast, forecasters said. About one-third of the nation — approximately 100 million people in 22 states — is in the path this storm.

But the Northeast will be hardest-hit, the National Weather Service said.

“Heaviest snow will fall from central New York to the Massachusetts coast. Blizzard conditions are possible for eastern Long Island and the Massachusetts coast. Bitter cold will move into the Midwest and East following the storm,” the Weather Service said.

[Local Real-time Flight Info: Ford Int’l, Lansing Capital City, Kzoo/Battle Creek, Detroit Metro]

The storm was expected to be at its fiercest between 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday, according to CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.

“Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely,” the Weather Service said. “This will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel.”

Across the country, the nasty weather has snarled travel plans for many.

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