7,000 flights cancelled as Storm Stella hits north east US

15 March 2017 09:01

New York City is expecting 20 inches of snow

New York City is expecting 20 inches of snow

Thousands of flights to and from America's north east have been cancelled in preparation for a "life-threatening" storm poised to hit the country.

More than 7,000 flights have been cancelled so far as the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning in response to the threatening Storm Stella.

Public officials urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel, and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio made an unusually early decision to close the city's schools on Tuesday.

He said: "We're preparing for a significant storm on Tuesday, and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions."

Further disruptions

National rail service Amtrak also cancelled and modified its intercity services up and down the Northeast Corridor as the weather service's office near Philadelphia called the storm "life-threatening".

According to flightaware.com, an aviation software firm that monitors delays and cancellations, there are 5,801 cancellations for Tuesday, March 14, and more than 1,500 delays.

Some carriers are waiving ticket-change fees for customers looking to change their travel plans.

Anyone planning a trip to the USA should look to take out trusted travel insurance for protection against unexpected circumstances.

Widespread weather

According to forecasts by meteorologists, there could be up to 20in of snow in New York and live cameras show the snow is filling the city's roads.

The experts predict low visibility and wind gusts up to 55mph in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The weather is expected to affect areas further north, such as Massachusetts and Maine, as well as inland towards Pennsylvania.

With Washington DC expecting around six inches of snow, the White House has confirmed that Donald Trump's first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been rescheduled to Friday due to her postponing her Monday night flight as a result of the blizzard.

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