Thousands of flights have been cancelled in the US Northeast on 14 March due to an approaching winter storm and adverse winter weather conditions. In terms of numbers, LaGuardia Airport (New York), John F Kennedy International Airport (New York), Logan International (Boston), Baltimore-Washington International Airport (Baltimore), Philadelphia International Airport (Philadelphia), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (Washington), Washington Dulles International Airport (Washington) and O’Hare International Airport (Chicago) have been worst affected.
Airports outside of the immediately affected area, including Orlando International Airport (Orlando), have also been affected by dozens of flight cancellations on 14 March. In addition, schools across the Northeast have been closed on 14 March. The Port of Virginia has also been closed. In Connecticut, Governor Dannel Malloy has issued a state-wide travel ban on 14 March starting at 05:00 local time.
Roads in many areas have also been closed as a precaution. The National Weather Service (NWS) maintains Winter Storm Warning and Blizzard Warning alerts for numerous states in the Northeast on 14 March. A Storm Warning alert is also in place for coastal areas stretching from Maine to Delaware. In this area, coastal flooding is a risk. A Freeze Warning is in place for states between Missouri and South Carolina. Winter Storm Stella is expected to weaken from 15 March; however, residual disruptions are still expected. Dozens of flights in the affected area have already been cancelled for 15 March.
The storm is one of the most severe during the current winter period and is expected to have a wide impact on public transport. Dangerous driving conditions and very low temperatures in places has also increased the safety risk to persons operating outdoors. Power disruptions may impact on the affected area at times.
Clients in the eastern half of the US should monitor local media for updates and advisories. The NWS website holds current weather alerts (http://www.weather.gov/). Persons intending to travel by road or air transport should contact their travel team or the relevant local transport authority prior to departure to check the status of their scheduled service(s) prior to departure. Caution is advised if driving in the affected region. Precautions against exposure to low temperatures are also advised.