Weekend winter storm hits eastern U.S. and Canada

by ian

Ian Patrick, FISM News


Over the weekend multiple states in the midwestern and eastern U.S. and Canada were slammed with anywhere from 1 to 20 inches of snow as Winter Storm Izzy made its way through the area.

According to a recent update from The Weather Channel, some parts of Cleveland “have seen more than 10 inches of snowfall. Buffalo, New York, had picked up 13.8 inches of snow from Izzy as of early Monday. The top eastern snowfall total so far is 20 inches in northeast Ohio in South Madison.”

Winter weather advisories and warnings as well as wind advisories stretched from Georgia all the way up to Maine according to the National Weather Prediction Center. Flooding and other hazardous conditions are also expected by the NWS. Videos and photos circulating social media shows downed trees, icy conditions, and traffic accidents in affected areas.

Many who were hit by the storm are still without power as well. According to PowerOutage.us states as south as Georgia, as west as Tennessee, and as north as Maine are all experiencing power outages – most of them in the thousands.

Multiple flights were cancelled yesterday as well out of precaution. According to FlightAware.com North Carolina’s Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) cancelled 95% of its flights on Sunday as the storm hit, amounting to about 620 total cancellations. Georgia’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta cancelled 243 flights while Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. (DCA) cancelled 182 flights.

Cancellations have become less frequent but were still happening on Monday, as the storm worked its way north.

The storm is a result of the “Saskatchewan Screamer” system that originated in Canada. According to USA Today reporting from Accuweather, this system is the same as an Alberta Clipper which “are low-pressure systems” that “get caught up in the jet stream and travel southeastward into the northern Plains, move into the Great Lakes and eventually roll off the mid-Atlantic coast into the Atlantic Ocean.” The only difference is they originate in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan rather than in Alberta.