Part of U.S. facing snow and blizzard conditions

National Aeronautics and Space Administration photo
Storm clouds are seen on the east coast of the
United States in this satellite image taken
Wednesday afternoon.

The United States and Canada are experiencing snow with blizzard warnings posted in the New England States and New York. But so far air flights here have not been affected seriously. United Airlines was late in flights from Newark, New Jersey, to Juan SantamarĂ­a airport and to Liberia’s Daniel Oduber airport, but there was no confirmation that the delays were caused by weather.

There was snow Wednesday night over Utah and western Colorado as well as northern Nevada and southern Idaho. Another storm was passing over central Nebraska, southern South Dakota and western Wisconsin. There were pockets of snow along the eastern mountains but the big storm was in Pennsylvania, New York and the New England states. There also were coastal flood advisories posted. There were reports of freezing rain near Boston.

The U.S. National Weather Service said that additional heavy snowfall will be focused from Upstate New York and Lake Ontario into New England through tonight or Friday morning, where widespread accumulations over a foot are expected. As much as two feet of total snow was possible in central Maine, said the service. This will lead to hazardous travel conditions.

A reader sent a photo Wednesday of snow-covered Southern Illinois which saw snow Tuesday.

A.M. Costa Rica’s wire services said that hundreds of flights have been delayed or canceled, snarling plans for people traveling over the Christmas holiday.

Several deaths were reported after the storm swept through the southern United States on Christmas Day.

Tornadoes touched down in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, damaging homes and leaving tens of thousands of residents without power. The system also caused winter storms in Oklahoma, leading to a 21-car accident on a major interstate.

The fatalities include a 25-year-old man in Texas who was killed when a tree toppled onto his pickup truck, and a person in Oklahoma killed in a car crash on a snow-covered highway.

The Weather Service said that strong winds were expected around the Great Lakes and that travel would be difficult and hazardous.

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