At least seven people have been killed in two brutal winter storms swirling over the country as 125million people from coast to coast brace for snow, freezing rain and flight cancellation and delays.
Winter storm alerts are active across 15 states as a blizzard swirls over the West Coast and another bears down on the East Coast, forecast to drop 10 to 20 inches of snow by Tuesday morning from Pennsylvania to Maine.
The wintry weather created a travel nightmare for millions trying to return home from the Thanksgiving holiday. As of Monday morning more than 200 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were cancelled and over 1,00 delayed. Many of the cancelled flights were at New York and Boston-area airports.
The storm system has been dubbed Winter Storm Ezekiel by the Weather Channel and will barrel through 30 states through Tuesday. More than a foot has already fallen in Massachusetts, upstate New York and Vermont.
The Brooklyn Bridge was covered in dazzling white snowflakes on Monday as tourists walked through the wintry weather
Let it snow! The winter storm covered in Manhattan with hours of snowfall on Monday afternoon
White out: The New York state Capitol in Albany was covered in white powdery snow following an overnight snowfall
Ground crews remove snow from the airport tarmac as flights resume after an overnight snowfall at the Albany International Airport in Colonie, New York on Monday
An aerial view of Pittsfield, Massachusetts shows the results of the first significant snowfall of the season
A plow clears the New York state Capitol and the Empire State Plaza after an overnight snowfall, in Albany early Monday
New York City started to see snow Monday afternoon as pictured above in this Times Square photo. The city could see between one to four inches of snow through Tuesday
Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang shared this picture smiling with mounting snowbank in Keene, New Hampshire on Monday
On his way back to Albany from a storm briefing in Kingston, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo came across a two-car accident on the Thruway in Selkirk. No one appeared to be seriously hurt, but the couple in one car was shaken, leading the Governor to help the couple get out of the cold and drive them to the nearest State Police/Thruway Authority barracks
The blizzards have already claimed seven lives in the U.S. and one in Canada.
Three people were killed in two separate water rescue incidents in a heavily flooded region of St. Louis on Saturday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
The victims were a five-year-old boy and an eight-year-old boy who drowned in Patton when the car they were in got swept off a flooded road in Missouri. The third victim was Todd Dean, a man from Louisiana, was killed when his vehicle was swept into the Whitewater River.
In Arizona cousins Colby and Austin Rawlings, both five, were found dead on Saturday. The children had been reported missing when the ‘military style’ truck they were in got swept into a creek in the Tonto Basin near Phoenix. In the truck were nine members of the same family. Four children and two adults were rescued by helicopter but the remaining children who stayed in the truck got swept away on Friday.
Crews are still searching for missing six-year-old girl Willa Rawlings, who was in that car with them. Authorities revealed Sunday they found a show believed to be Willa’s about 200 yards from where the truck got stuck in the creek.
Bundle up! The snow slowed down commuters at the Ramsey Train Station in New Jersey on Monday
Winter bliss: A horse pictured dressed up for the cold in a field in Dallas, Pennsylvania on Monday
Let it snow! Trees were covered in white at the Rutgers University campus on Monday as snow came down
At least seven people have been killed in two brutal winter storms swirling over the country as 125million people from coast to coast brace for snow, freezing rain and flight cancellation and delays. People pictured clearing snow in Marlborough, Massachusetts on Monday morning
A United Parcel Service worker braves the cold to deliver packages in New York on Monday
Boston and other coastal areas of Massachusetts will see as much as 6 inches of snow, and farther inland up to 11 inches, by Tuesday. Piles of snow pictured Monday morning after Sunday’s snowfall
A pedestrian walks through deep snow after an overnight snowfall, Monday in Marlborough, Massachusetts
Winter wonderland! A man in Pittsfield, Massachusetts cleans off his car Monday morning as a massive winter storm batters the East Coast, slowing down the morning commute, closing schools and offices and cancelling hundreds of flights
This satellite image by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published Modnay morning shows the powerful nor’easter swirling over the upper Midwest and East Coast
The map above shows the forecast nationwide from Monday morning 7am EST through Tuesday morning 7am EST
In Utah a six-year-old boy named Herman Slaughter died on Friday after he fell and struck his head while riding a snowplow with his father. They were driving in Provo Canyon when the equipment suddenly lurched forward and the boy fell. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office says the father is not at fault in the incident.
In South Dakota a man was killed early Friday when the pickup truck he was in slipped on an ice-covered road near Cavour. The two other people in the truck were not seriously injured in the incident.
The storm also led to the death of a person in Ontario, Canada when the wintry weather led to dangerous road conditions and a 30 car pile-up on a busy highway.
The National Weather Service forecasts New York will miss the brunt of the powerful nor’easter and will get 1 to 3 inches of snow through Monday night.
Inland areas appeared to be in for the worst of it, with the forecast in Albany, New York, predicting 6 to 14 inches.
The winter storms victim: Six-year-old Herman Slaughter (left) died in a freak accident on Friday. He was riding on a Kubota Skid Steer loader with his father Nathaniel (right with wife Sarah) at the Aspen Grove Family Camp in Provo Canyon when he fell off, hit his head on the plow’s bucket, and died from the critical injury
Five year old cousins Austin Rawlings (left) and Colby Rawlings (right), were found dead on Saturday in Arizona. The children had been reported missing when the ‘military style’ truck they were in with their family got swept into a creek in the Tonto Basin near Phoenix
First responders pulling the family vehicle out of the flooded creek after three children got stuck in the truck that was swept away in flooding on Tonto Creek at Tonto Basin, Arizona
Six-year-old Willa Rawlings (above) is still missing and a massive hunt is underway in Tonto Basix, Arizona
State police had responded to more than 550 storm-related crashes across New York by 7pm on Sunday. Icy roads caused crashes on Interstate 84 in Pennsylvania, and ice closed part of Interstate 81 near Binghamton, New York, for a time.
Some New York schools announced closures Monday morning as Governor Andrew Cuomo advised nonessential state employees to stay home on Monday.
Conditions were so icy and dangerous a Delta connection flight slid off a taxiway at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport after an ‘uneventful landing’ on Sunday morning, according to NBC.
Despite sliding off the sliding incident, none of the 72 passengers and crew were injured, the airline said.
‘The weather and icing is an issue for the airfield,’ the airport’s fire chief Bill Major said. ‘It’s one of the bigger challenges they have, because it’s hard to keep up with.’
Boston and other coastal areas of Massachusetts will see as much as 6 inches of snow, and farther inland up to 11 inches, by Tuesday.
People make their way through falling snow in lower Manhattan in New York City on Monday
Let it snow: This woman trudged through the snowy streets armed with an umbrella in Brooklyn on Monday
Can’t stop us! Brave tourists trudge across the Brooklyn Bridge despite relentless snowfall
Times Square was less busy Monday afternoon due to the severe weather that sent flurries across the city
People work to shovel off their vehicles after an overnight snowfall that caused parking trouble and traffic situations on State street, in Albany, New York on Monday morning
A man operates a snow blower along a sidewalk in Bedford, Massachusetts on Monday morning after severe snowfall
The National Weather Service predicted more than a foot of snow in swaths of upstate New York and New England, as well as ice accumulations in parts of Pennsylvania. This weather map shows the impact of a major winter storm moving east on Sunday bringing heavy snowfall through Tuesday night. In the West, heavy snow, gusty winds and rain will hit California, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho
State police had responded to more than 550 storm-related crashes across New York by 7 p.m. Sunday and Cuomo placed National Guard personnel on standby. Icy roads caused numerous crashes on Interstate 84 in Pennsylvania on Sunday and a section of Interstate 81 north of Binghamton was closed because of icy conditions for a while
Monday’s forecast shows flurries are expected up and down the East Coast with some showers expected in D.C. and Delaware
Tuesday forecast shows flurries will continue to come down but nor-easter will head on up towards Canada
Winter storm system Ezekiel will pummel through the East Coast through Tuesday bringing heavy snowfall
Monday’s top snowfalls
California: 48 inches at Big Bear Resort (elevation 8,500 feet)
Utah: 48 inches at Snowbasin Resort (elevation 7,402 feet)
Wisconsin: 31 inches near Washburn; 26 inches near Cornucopia
Arizona: 30 inches at Arizona Snowbowl; 19 inches near downtown Flagstaff
South Dakota: 30 inches in Lead; 15.9 inches in Rapid City
Wyoming: 30 inches in Muddy Gap
New York: 18 inches in Schenectady; 13.3 inches in Albany
Massachusetts: 13.5 inches in Savoy
New Hampshire: 13 inches near Rindge
The Philadelphia area could get 5 inches, and a foot of snowfall anticipated in the southern Poconos and Northwest New Jersey.
Tractor-trailers were banned or lower speed limits put in place on stretches of interstate highways in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Some states already felt the impact of the storms with massive snowfall in northern California, Utah, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
In Duluth, Minnesota 20 inches of snow was reported Sunday morning.
The top Northeast snow total from this storm is so far 20.7 inches in East Glenville, New York.
Meanwhile Boston, Hartford, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island got their first dusting of accumulating snow this Sunday.
In Massachusetts locals woke up to piles of snow that led to school closure and sluggish morning commutes.
‘We’ve got our shovels ready. We’ve got the snowblower ready. We’re prepared,’ Paul Newman, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, said.’
The wintry weather is creating chaos at airports across America. More than three million passengers had plans to fly with U.S. carriers on Sunday, returning home from the Thanksgiving holiday, according to American Airlines.
North Dakota saw massive delays on Sunday, leaving many people antsy to get return home from the Thanksgiving weekend stranded at the Hector Airport in Fargo
‘I’ve just been out here all week, and it’s just been cooped up in a hotel, so I’m ready to get home and be in the comfort of my own home again,’ Blaine Konkel, from Colorado, said as he was stuck at Hector Airport in Fargo, North Dakota
The National Weather Service shared this map showing snowfall projections through Tuesday
A list of Ice/sleet/snow accumulations as of Sunday afternoon above
But snow, freezing rain and gusty winds led to over 900 flight cancellations within, into, or out of the U.S. and over 19,000 delays on Sunday, according to Flight Aware.
North Dakota saw massive delays on Sunday, leaving many people antsy to get return home from the Thanksgiving weekend stranded at the airport.
‘I’ve just been out here all week, and it’s just been cooped up in a hotel, so I’m ready to get home and be in the comfort of my own home again,’ Blaine Konkel, from Colorado, said to Valley News Live as he was stuck at Hector Airport in Fargo, North Dakota.
Winter Storm Ezekiel first entered the West Coast last Tuesday November 26 and hit southern Oregon and northwestern California as a bomb cyclone before moving to the Midwest and making it to the Northeast on Sunday December 1.