Huge snowstorm heads for US east coast

2 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Huge snowstorm heads for US east coast

Cities on the east coast of the US, including New York and Boston, are bracing for up to 60cm (20in) of snow as a major winter storm approaches, reports BBC.

Wind gusts of up to 80km/h (50mph) are forecast for several days creating blinding, blowing snow. The National Weather Service (NWS) says snow is expected to begin late Sunday night in parts of Pennsylvania, New York state and New England. New York City has declared a state of emergency.

Non-essential travel is restricted from 06:00 local time (11:00GMT), Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Twitter.

“This winter storm will be dangerous with heavy snowfall and strong winds. If you can stay home, stay home.”

Schools will be closed and coronavirus vaccinations re-scheduled. About three-quarters of flights into John F Kennedy Airport have been cancelled.