Winter Storm Skylar: 1,500 Flights Canceled as Another Powerful Nor’easter Hammers East Coast

There were mass flight cancellations as yet another nor’easter—the third in two weeks, this one called Winter Storm Skylar—smashed into the northern East Coast of the U.S. on Tuesday morning, March 13.

The National Weather Service warned of a “powerful” storm that will “hammer” affected areas with “heavy snow and blizzard conditions.” The service said New England would feel “major impacts.”

Flight-tracking service FlightAware recorded 1,459 flight cancellations within, into, or out of the U.S. as the latest nor’easter hits. Boston's Logan International Airport was the worst affected with 459 of its outbound flights canceled, or 81 percent of those scheduled.

Travel disruption by road and rail is also being reported by local monitoring stations in northeastern areas, and there are school closures.

nor'easter Several hundred people take part in a snowball fight on Boston Common during a winter nor’easter in Boston, on February 9, 2017. There were mass flight cancellations as yet another nor’easter—the third in two weeks, this one called Winter Storm Skylar—smashed into the northern East Coast of the U.S. on Tuesday morning, March 13. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

“A powerful nor’easter is expected to hammer New England on Tuesday with heavy snow and blizzard conditions near the coast,” said a warning from the National Weather Service.

“As the storm center passes to the southeast of New England on Tuesday, the potential exists for mesoscale heavy snow bands to form near the coast, leading to bursts of heavy snow along with very gusty winds.

“Coastal flooding is also likely around times of high tide. A renewed surge of cold air will then become entrenched over the eastern U.S. behind the storm, leading to unseasonably cold temperatures for March to continue through the middle of the week, with Florida also feeling the effects of the colder weather.

“With a blocking pattern remaining in place across the high latitudes, the nor’easter is expected to directly affect Nova Scotia on Wednesday and then weaken. This will keep the snow and snow showers in place over much of New England on Wednesday near a trough of low pressure.”

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In Connecticut, where as much as 12 inches of snow is expected in some areas, Governor Dannel P. Malloy partially activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center.

“As we continue to monitor the most up-to-date forecasts on tomorrow’s impending snowstorm, our state agencies are working around the clock to ensure we are prepared to respond to this latest round of winter weather,” Governor Malloy said.

“The snow is expected to impact the morning commute in central and eastern Connecticut, so if motorists must travel, they are encouraged to take it slow and remember their winter weather driving skills.”