Late March 2013 North American winter storm

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On March 19, 2013, a winter storm moved through the Northeastern United States and Canada with snow and sleet.

Meteorological history[edit]

The winter storm started the night of March 18, and left the east coast on March 24.[1][2]

Preparations[edit]

Forecasts for as much as 20 inches of snow in parts of northern New England, with lesser amounts mixed with sleet further south. Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, could each get 4-8 inches. Hartford, Connecticut could get 4-8 inches of snow and sleet. Portland, Maine may get at least a foot of snow. Montpelier, Vermont was expecting at least 10 to 18 inches, and Concord, New Hampshire 7 to 13 inches. Totals could be higher if the storm continues into the night of March 19 into the 20th. The storm will also hit southern Quebec and Montreal could see as much as 10 inches by the morning of March 20, according to Environment Canada. The Green and White Mountains and Allagash of Maine will pick up over a foot of snow. The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert for March 18 starting at 1:00 PM.[3]

Impact[edit]

Some schools in upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut were closed or delayed opening.[4] Massachusetts officials postponed the English composition section of its standardized state test until March 25. FlightAware recorded nearly 400 flight cancellations across the United States on March 18. Snow totals as of the morning of March 19 are: 4" in Manchester, Connecticut; 4.5" in Ludlow, Massachusetts; 5.2" in South Weymouth, Massachusetts; 5.3" in Fitchburg, Massachusetts; and 8.0" in Brookline, Massachusetts.[5] The World Trade Center (PATH station) closed briefly during the evening of March 18, because of falling ice from 1 World Trade Center.[6] As of late March 19, 5 inches of snow was recorded southwest of Erie, Pennsylvania and East Hampstead, New Hampshire reported 15 inches.

Fatalities and injuries[edit]

At least one person was killed in Queens and seven injured on March 18 all related to vehicle accidents.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winter Storm Ukko Sends Snow, Sleet to New England". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Winter Storm Ukko To Snarl Travel In US Northeast". Business Insider. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Snow storm slows morning commute". WNYW TV. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Closings and Cancellations Due to Winter Storm Ukko". The Alternative Press. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Snow Departs Boston, Continues Farther North". Accuweather. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "WTC PATH station closing overnight after ice falls". WABC TV. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Icy roads of death: One dead, 7 hurt in city crashes". New York Post. Retrieved 19 March 2013.