Thousands of flights are canceled due to winter storm that hits the United States with snowfall and strong winds

Washington.- A powerful winter storm with heavy snow and strong winds hit the east coast of the United States this Saturday, forcing cancel thousands of flights and activated weather alerts for a region where some 70 million people reside.

The phenomenon is particularly intense in the northeast, where it hits the cities of New York and Boston, and moves to the south of the Atlantic.

Frost warnings were issued even in Florida (southeast), where the National Weather Service (NWS) even warned about the risk of iguanas, a species of lizards that can weigh up to nine kilos, falling from the trees because they are temporarily frozen.

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Salt spreaders and snow plows work on the streets of New York, where on Saturday morning some 10 centimeters of height of snow.

Mayor Eric Adams Through the Twitter network, he asked New Yorkers to stay home because “Mother Nature usually does what she wants.”

Some 3,500 flights, both internal and international, were canceled on Saturday in the United States, according to flight tracker FlightAware. About 700 flights that would have to take off on Sunday have also been suspended. Cancellations on Friday totaled more than 1,450.

The NWS warned about “hazardous blizzard conditions” along the shores of Atlantic and New England, with snow accumulations of more than 60 cm expected in the outskirts of Boston.
Forecasts speak of snowfall between 60 and 120 cm per hour, and strong winds threaten to cause “scattered power outages”.

Blackouts and the inability to travel on highways can also be expected, the service said.

The invertal storm hits the cities of New York and Boston. Photo: AP

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The state governments of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu declared a snow emergency.

“It’s going to get pretty ugly,” Wu said in a television interview on Saturday. “It’s going to be a historic storm,” he said.

Massachusetts residents were rushing Friday to buy groceries, as well as a to melt the ice and snow with the intention of helping keep sidewalks and driveways clear.

As of Saturday morning, Boston Public Works reported that 500 snowplows were already at work on city streets.

The storm will cause extremely cold temperatures with dangerous gusts of wind between Saturday night and Sunday morning, the weather service said.

Winter storm hits eastern USA. Photo: AP

“Come home tonight with care, stay home through the weekend, avoid any unnecessary travel,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement, noting that there would be especially heavy snowfall on Long Island, New York. and the lower Hudson Valley.

He also urged people who had to travel to fill up their cars with gas and carry supplies such as ice scrapers, blankets and water in their vehicles.

weather service of the region indicated that the storm would rapidly intensify over the next 24 hours, and that the pressure could drop sharply generating an event sometimes referred to as “bomb cyclone”

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Storm It comes after a similar one two weeks ago covered much of eastern North America with snow, from Georgia to Canada, leaving many homes without power and disrupting thousands of air connections.

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