A state of emergency has been declared in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as the storm moves east.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said “Feet of snow, blizzard conditions, a significant build-up of ice, tree-breaking winds and plunging temperatures will close roads, cause flight cancellations and disrupt daily activities over a large part of the northeastern United States this weekend.”
[8:50 PM UPDATE] Snow will increase in intensity through late evening, with heavy snow continuing overnight. The worst is yet to come, with deteriorating travel conditions over the next few hours. Blowing/drifting snow will continue in open areas with very low visibility. #nywxpic.twitter.com/GGz7t1RV6C
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AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger -“In much of a swath from Missouri to southern Ohio, this snow will be heavy and wet and a strain to shovel.” He added
“Weak tree limbs may give way under the weight of the snow and lead to power outages,”
AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams – “For cities such as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Kentucky and others, this will be the first significant snowstorm of the cold weather season.”
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski -“Snow has changed to rain along the southern Ohio River, and the return of any meaningful snowfall is not anticipated.”
Airlines in the central United States hubs from Kansas City to St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago can expect flight delays, changes and cancellations.
As of 8:00 am this morning,MSHP has responded to: • 2968 calls for service • 1252 stranded motorists • 723 crashes • 48 injuries * 4 fatalities
Emergency services in Paris say three people died and 47 were injured after an apparent explosion caused by a gas leak.
The explosion happened at a bakery on the corner of Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in Paris at around 9 a.m. local time on Saturday.
The French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted “At this hour, 2 firefighters from the Paris fire brigade are dead. 10 people are seriously injured, including a firefighter. 37 people are in a state of relative emergency,” and added “Profound sadness. Standing by the families of victims. The nation shares in their pain.”
Rue de Trévise, aux côtés du Premier ministre, du procureur de Paris, du @prefpolice et de la Maire de la capitale. Plus de 200 @PompiersParis sont engagés dans les opérations de secours. Le bilan s’annonce lourd. Mes premières pensées vont aux blessés et leurs proches. pic.twitter.com/bg8n5bCpi8
Nearly 300 passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship fell ill with a stomach virus after it departed Port Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida, on Sunday.
A total of 277 guests and crew members have been affected with a gastrointestinal illness, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean Cruises told NBC News on Wednesday.
More than 8,000 guests aboard the ship will receive a refund because of the outbreak, said the spokesman.
“We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health,” he added “Returning on Saturday also gives us more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship before her next sailing.”
A travel warning has been issued for Playa del Carmen, Mexico, following an unnamed threat that has closed the U.S. Embassy there.
State and local police said the attack occurred late Sunday at the “Las Virginias” bar in a seedy area relatively far from the beachside tourist zone. Six men were found shot to death in the bar, and another died at a local hospital.
Forensic policemen search evidence at Las Virginias restaurant in Playa del Carmen after a fatal shooting, in the beach resort of Playa del Carmen in Mexico, early January 7, 2019. (LOURDES CRUZ/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
An increase in call-offs among TSA agents has increased since a partial government shutdown that left TSA personnel working without pay.
The agency announced in a statement on Friday, “Security effectiveness will not be compromised and performance standards will not change . . . To date, however, screening wait times remain well within TSA standards,”