Winter storm causes state of emergency in NYC

2014-02-05 20:32
 A nanny pushes a child through the slushy intersection of Broadway and 14th Street at Union Square. (John Moore, AFP)

A nanny pushes a child through the slushy intersection of Broadway and 14th Street at Union Square. (John Moore, AFP)

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New York - Treacherous snow and freezing rain struck the northeastern United States on Wednesday, disrupting thousands of flights and causing traffic chaos for millions of Americans.

A state of emergency was declared in the states of New Jersey and New York, where dwindling reserves of salt used to melt snow and road ice was a problem.

By late January, New Jersey had already used 277 000 tons of salt, 18 000 more than during the entire previous winter.

Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy on Wednesday ordered all non-essential employees to stay home and a number of schools were also closed.

Huge snowfall was expected across a swath of the northeastern United States, arriving in New England from the central United States. Snow will be followed in several places by freezing rain, forecasters said.

More than 2 400 arriving and departing flights were cancelled Wednesday, with more than 1 280 others delayed.

Hardest hit were airports in Boston, New York and Chicago.

Weather forecasters have warned that yet another winter storm is liable to hit at the weekend.

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