Brutal Nor’Easter Forces 2100+ Flight Cancellations

The Associated Press reports:

A major nor’easter pounded the East Coast on Friday, packing heavy rain, intermittent snow and strong winds as residents from the mid-Atlantic to Maine braced for coastal flooding. More than 2,100 flights were canceled by airlines, most spread across airports in the Northeast.

The Eastern Seaboard was expected to be buffeted by wind gusts exceeding 50 mph, with possible hurricane-strength winds of 80 to 90 mph on Cape Cod. Also, heavy snow fell in Ohio, upstate New York as the storm spun eastward. Boston south to Rhode Island was forecast to get 2 to 5 inches of snow from the late-winter storm.

Delta, Southwest, JetBlue and American Airlines were allowing travelers to change their Friday and Saturday flights to avoid delays and cancellations at key airports across the Northeast.

CNN reports:

A powerful nor’easter morphed into a “bomb cyclone” Friday as it hammered the East Coast with a ferocious mix of howling winds, drenching rain, some snow and surging waves.

“Take this storm seriously!” the National Weather Service in Boston warned via Twitter. “This is a LIFE & DEATH situation for those living along the coast, especially those ocean-exposed shorelines.”

The storm — with about 80 million people in its path, including more than 22 million people under a coastal flood warning — officially “bombed out” late Friday morning when it underwent bombogenesis, signaled by an extreme drop in atmospheric pressure.

  • greenmanTN

    Thanks, Obama!

    • DJ John Bear

      I knew it…I just knew it! It’s all the all-powerful Obama’s fault!!! /s

    • Craig C


  • Butch

    How weird that here in the Upper Peninsula, where you would expect it, we haven’t had what I’d call a big snowstorm yet this winter.

    • Craig Howell

      All the cold air you’re supposed to be getting has migrated to Europe, where it’s colder than it is at the North Pole.

      • Butch

        Several years ago we had something like 65 days of below zero weather during the winter….we still definitely had cold but nothing like that.

    • Nic Peterson

      Very little snow along the Wasatch Front this year. Worst drought since ’77.

    • Gustav2

      So how buggy will Summer be?

      • Butch

        “Buggy” depends on where you are in the UP. My area is not bad as some others as far as squeeters (mosquitoes); lake flies can be bad right along the lake (there’s a surprise), but in general the bugs up here aren’t anything like what they used to be, which is odd and kinda concerning. Actually got into a discussion about the lack of bugs at a party last summer. (And I know, I need to get out more if I’m talking about things like that.)

        • Gustav2

          I remember August 1974 that was buggy as hell!

          Got a free fishing related poster in the mail Wednesday and a friends son is taking it up to the cabin outside of Houghton/Hancock to Lake Gerald as I type.

          • Butch

            Houghton/Hancock is a cool town. I don’t get up there as much as I’d like because it’s fairly far. Finnish street names are enough to make the visit worthwhile.

        • No bugs = no food for birds. Not a good thing.

  • Cuberly Deux

    It’s also happening during a hight tide as well. Not good.

    Stay safe east coast JMGers!

  • ccc

    It is eerily beautiful. I slightly cracked open the windows last night because I live next to a forest in the suburbs of DC and it sounded like I was back on vacation at the beach in Northern Mexico.

    • clay

      People (in Philly) sometimes ask if I ever miss Kansas. I miss the colors of the sunsets, I miss the openness of the horizon, I miss the stars at night, and I miss the wind.

      • Joe in PA

        After moving to DC from Texas…someone suggested that after living in Texas, I must be suffering from “horizon deprivation”.

        Yeah, prolly.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Yikes. Be safe, Mid-Atlantic and New England friends!

  • tbj5
  • Moebym of the Returners

    Oh, geez…one of my real estate clients is right smack dab in the middle of this storm.

    Hope everyone in its path stays safe.

  • Ninja0980

    Gotten ten inches of snow in four hours.
    Suffice to say it’s as brutal as they say it is.

    • The_Wretched

      10″ * 4x = wow

    • Treant

      I had bought a huge tube of clear waterproof outdoor caulk to finish making the outdoor LED sun jars.

      I missed the obvious joke and finally walked into my husband’s office last night. “I forgot to mention–I’ve got an eight inch caulk in my hand.”

      • Helen Damnation™

        Whatsa “outdoor LED sun jar”?

        • Treant

          I can’t get a good photo of mine to save my life, so here’s one taken professionally of an actual professional product.

          Mine are actually almost identical, just the jar is a bit shorter. The solar panel sits up top, snuggled in the lid. It charges during the day, shines at night, and I prefer the more pastel hues of a white LED coupled with a colored one for hue.

          Mom’s are done in Mason jars because my mother seems to be able to get water in any electronics I make for her. How, I can’t figure out.

        • John

          Yeah…just WHAT is that?

        • ColdCountry

          Cool looking.

  • JWC

    Gee does this mean AF1 is grounded and can’t get Donny down to Mara Hoochie for golf

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Secret Service is gonna have to make extra KFC runs today to calm down the Toddler In Chief.

    • Cuberly Deux

      “Mara Hoochie”


      • JWC

        Its a Gawdy dump

    • John

      With any luck he’ll fearlessly forge ahead…because, you know, FAKE WEATHER!

      • (((GC)))

        That’s right, it’s all a Chinese hoax! (If only his golf courses and his presidency were, as well!)

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Thank you for reminding this native NYer why she now lives in San Francisco.
    I do not miss that Nor’easter crap, or Hazy, Hot, and Humid in the summer.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Oh god the summers. Hate those things. Burning passion.

  • Treant

    Winds are in the thirties with gusts much higher; services are flickering in and out as the day rolls on. Power’s steady, but Internet, phone, and cable are all a little unreliable. And the snow and freezing rain are coming down like mad out there.

    It’s supposed to get worse before it gets better.

  • killreligion

    Marketing meets meteorogy. Bombgenesis. It’s pathetic we don’t laugh this hype and word synthesis away. It’s a storm with wind. Coastal people know how to handle it, they just need to be warned, not used as pawns to sell ads.

    • Friday

      When an extreme phenomenon becomes common enough that a word for it starts going around doesn’t mean it’s ‘just another storm with wind.’

      • killreligion

        Sorry I disagree this is not extreme. . We’re expecting 50 mph winds on Maine coast. I’ve been there for over 80. 100 ft trees bent 90 degrees. One broke and flew 200 feet taking out multiple trees in its path. The cape gets worse all the time. Calling it extreme is like chicken little, people stop listening

        We are expecting one foot of tide surge, I’m 15 feet above our normal high (which is around 15 feet). Have had much worse. Local weather is properly informing, not screaching new unnecessary words.

        I did not say it isn’t serious but we’ve had nor’easters for decades and more with similar winds

        Warn people, but bomb cyclone, polar vortex, superstormetc are marketing terms invented to sell adds

        We get Alberta clippers all winter, they now call them major storms when all they cause is a squall

        You have reasonable and interesting posts. I’m simply disagreeing

        • killreligion

          Map on post shows me in60mph zone. Zero wind and predicting max locally at 9

          Clearly some got it but the hype. We are gullible.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Report from pilot landing at Dulles in wind: ‘Pretty much everyone on the plane threw up’
    A pilot who landed a flight at Dulles Airport Friday morning reports
    that “pretty much everyone on the plane threw up” during the windy

    • Moebym of the Returners

      I recall one particularly bumpy landing into Chicago in which even I was somewhat nauseated (and I’ve flown many a time). There was so much retching going on in that plane, it was nauseating by itself.

    • JCF

      Now that’s a fright flight!

  • Todd20036

    The federal government is closed today – too windy to be out safely.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Northern Philly burbs: we lost power.

    Ah, March.

    • Joe in PA

      We’ve flickered once in Berks county…so far so good.

    • Treant

      40 miles north: Still OK, but getting worse…

      Stay safe, stay warm. Stay in bed with a man.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Swing both ways—it would be a woman. But home alone. So… booze.

  • Joe in PA
  • GayOldLady

    Be careful to all our peeps in the storm path. Hunker down!

  • Moebym of the Returners

    It even snowed here where I live (2600-2700 ft. elevation) in Las Vegas a few days ago, though it didn’t stick anywhere except in Mt. Charleston. A few months back a metric shitton of rain fell in just two days, flooding pretty much the entire city.

    I tell you, this climate change…

  • Rebecca Gardner

    This never gets old. I love this guy!!!!!

  • Mike__in_Houston

    At JFK waiting to see if my flight back to Houston is happening. Very nice airport but YUUUGE; my first time flying through here. Now I’m going to hate flying through EWR and especially LGA more than I already do. If I end up stuck here, I hope to see Angels in America which is back on Broadway. My Fair Lady coming later this month…

    • BearEyes

      Been through Newark (EWR) many times. Sucks even on a good day- but especially Friday afternoon rush hour.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    March comes in like a lion….

  • Joe in PA

    I hope Sam_Handwich stays safe…I think he’s going to Ptown this weekend. 🙁

    • Sam_Handwich

      It’s okay here so far. Wet and windy

      • Joe in PA

        Thanks for checking in. Stay safe, you have a busy campaign schedule coming up.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Speaking of flying…
    The number of Delta Airlines passengers who bought tickets with NRA discount: 13


    • WNY

      So Georgia basically eliminated itself from consideration for the new Amazon distribution site in order to avenge 13 passengers who lost their discount. How stupid and short-sighted.

      • -M-

        Worse. Those passengers got their discount and more than likely still qualify for discounts from Delta through other groups or businesses.

        Delta didn’t harm or attack anyone. They just stopped doing a joint PR campaign with the NRA. Which is you know free enterprise and free speechy.

        • prixator

          It’s the best enterprise and the best speech! People are talking about it. Believe me!

  • Snarkaholic

    I woke up to find a pre-recorded message on my phone, from A.C.’s Office of Emergency Management. They said to expect major tidal flooding, heavy rain, and high winds through Monday, and to move your vehicle if you live in a low-lying area, but at least they haven’t called for evacuations.

    • Joe in PA

      Where are you?

      • Snarkaholic

        Atlantic City.

  • Tom G

    No golfing this weekend? Oh boy!!

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    …Meanwhile, here in Tennessee, spring has broken out big time. Pollen is raining down like snow and my head feels like shit from allergies. I would pick the #1 worst city in America for pollen and allergies (Chattanooga) to live in. It consistently ranks in the top 10 worst cities for pollen and allergies due to the wide variety of trees and the fact that the city sits in a “bowl” surrounded by mountains, trapping the air.

    Oh well, every area of the country has it’s issues with weather. If it isn’t snow storms, it’s fire storms, tornado’s, flooding, hurricanes, heat, humidity. Probably the best place I’ve ever lived weather-wise was northern California (Marin County). Low humidity, reasonable temps, and lots of days to throw open the windows. Sure, there was fire season, but all in all it was great weather.

  • Sam_Handwich

    We’re in Provincetown! Just drove out to Race Point. Crazy waves

    There’s some minor flooding on Commercial St in the center of town but nothing bad…. yet, anyway.

    • ccc

      Show us a pix of the waves…

    • PickyPecker

      Stay safe and dry, Candidate Handwich!! XO

    • Randy Left Brooklyn

      Yes, post pictures of the waves. I wish I was in Ptown for, well, forever.

    • ColdCountry

      “Hold onto your butts.”

    • AJayne

      A couple guys I knew in Vegas moved there a few years ago. If you see them, please say “hi” for me…

  • OT
    I took a photo of where the March For Our Lives is now set to end in Washington on March 24 – at Pennsylvania and 12th Street. I believe this is where the central stage and jumbo signboards and 2000 chairs will be set. Right on the Avenue. The White House is beyond the stage.
    The Trump Hotel is the building on the left — that is my red arrow.
    The March will begin on 3rd street, a bit down.
    Does Trump really want the marchers outside his hotel chanting fun slogans at his guests?
    BTW the City of DC controls this permit process — for Pennsylvania Ave. Not the Federal Gvt or Park Service. Something tells me that this site was chosen to irritate Trump — do you think? 🙂

    • clay

      Outside? The bathrooms and wifi aren’t outside, why would the protesters stay outside? 😉

      • My other idea was to hold a “beer talent show” (with a minimum drinking age of 18 because high school kids NEVER drink under 18) using the exterior walls of the Trump hotel to demonstrate “safe target practice” as an exterior urinal in honor of the talent show on the national mall.

    • Lazycrockett

      The Mall is taken for a talent show from what I’ve read. You would think the ones who organized that would cancel and give the space to the Kids.

      • clay

        Have you seen the group who reserved the table?

        • sfbob

          That was revolting.

        • yes b’y

          I’m glad the douche didn’t pay them.

      • SoCalGal20

        The NPS is being a douche about it. The permit is supposedly for some student filming of a “talent show”. Equipment consists of a table and two chairs. There is NO WAY they need the entire mall.

        So I guess it’s a rally outside the Trump International instead!

    • TuuxKabin

      Hope so. But what doesn’t annoy that POS?

  • Lazycrockett

    K I slept in this morning, what did I miss?

    • prixator

      He woke up!

  • mikemmiv

    Bread and Milk weather.

  • clay

    (from Philly) They SAID “rain, wind, maybe the tiniest bit of snow at night”. We’ve have an inch accumulation before noon.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      PECO reports more than 39,000 customers are without power, 26,000 of them in Chester and Montgomery Counties.

      Atlantic City Electric has made progress restoring power and says now about 1,000 customers are without power, down from 2,700 earlier.

    • Joe in PA

      Yesterday it was 3-5″…last night and this morning it was “rain only”. Pffft. What do they know? :0

  • TheManicMechanic

    PTown is getting hammered. Again.

  • canoebum

    I just took 9 inches of snow off my car. I have to go back out and clear the driveway and front steps before I can go do errands. I thought March 1 was the beginning of meteorological Spring.

    • mpatreyu

      I stopped reading at “I just took 9 inches”

      • canoebum

        Jeez, I wish.

    • clay

      March 20th.

      • canoebum

        That’s Astronomical Spring, when the Sun crosses the Vernal Equinox.

        • ColdCountry

          And then there’s “actual” spring, at a time tbd.

  • Snarkaholic

    My big, old, sturdy brick house is shaking noticeably. If the wind is this bad tomorrow, I’m calling out.

  • Rex

    I woke up to eight inches.
    Oh, and it snowed over night too.

  • bkmn
    • zhera

      Oh god, the horror!

      I was on a boat trip in Rhodes some years ago, when a sudden storm fell on us. It was one of those open tourist boats. No life vests. People throwing up all around me. Some hanging over the railing, looking like they would fall in the water.

      It wasn’t easy but I managed not to get sick. THE SMELL was overpowering and pushed back the fear of the boat toppling over.

      Worst. Boat. Trip. Ever!

  • Mark McGovern

    Coastal New England towns flooding. Not the time to talk about rising sea levels.

    • Halou

      It is a Chinese conspiracy. The stable genius himself will tell you. Believe him.

      • Snarkaholic

        “The sea is so high because there are too many damned dolphins in it…so let’s harvest them all for tuna! And, while we’re at it, let’s bring back whaling, too, just to be on the safe side!” ~Chump, probably

  • Jack

    3 feet in my neck of 14057. Almost couldn’t open the back door. Downed tree kept the plow service from clearing the driveway. Partner and I had to chop half of that sucker down.

  • boobert

    The wind in southern NJ is brutal. It was mostly rain, but is now starting to change to snow.

    • Snarkaholic

      Same here. I’m surprised how much the house is shaking, especially since it’s in the middle of the block, and the next door neighbors’ houses (on both sides) are so close to it.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Nothing to see here … move along.

  • Halou
  • TrollopeReader

    Yeah ,’s wet and windy out there ….

    • TrollopeReader

      winds 40mph gusting to 59 so far … close to 2 inches of rain …

  • I have friends/colleagues in Baltimore and Portland. Waiting to hear from them with fingers crossed.

  • kiprian

    Still getting hit hard with wind in Baltimore. My anemometer is relatively sheltered, but it has still been averaging above 20 mph. The house, despite being 130 year old masonry, is sensibly vibrating when gusts hit. I’ve lost downspouts (had to retrieve it from a block away), some of my neighbors have lost their satellite dishes, and there are a number of blown down fences. Lots of flying garbage cans. Lots of loud noises as stuff blows around blocks away, and almost interminable sirens.

  • JCF

    We’ve got avalanches out here in the Sierra killing people. But hey, we’re only the West Coast—please carry on ignoring us, Easterners…

    • Ann Kah

      C’mon, that sounds suspiciously “Trumpy”; the only news is what happens to HIM.

      The good news (happening to ME this time) is that the ice and snow didn’t take out any more of my few trees remaining after the tornado. I slept with one ear open, expecting another tree on the house while I still have a tarp over the last damage.

      • JCF

        We were just having the biggest, longest, coldest storm I’d seen in 7 years here…and when I turn on the newwws, I hear “Greetings for our Western edition. Tonight, on the East Coast…” Even.On.The.Western.Edition. We don’t even effing exist! >:-/