Storm likely to affect tourism here

Snow has hit parts of the U.S. East and more is on the way.

The storm will have the usual seasonal effect on tourist arrivals and exits as some airline flights most certainly will be canceled. But the storms also may have more residents of the great white north thinking about Costa Rican beaches.

Wednesday, snow from a separate system fell in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia, where up to 5 inches was expected. Louisville received 3 inches of snow Wednesday morning, which caused dozens of accidents. Nashville also reported snow, closing schools and causing traffic problems.

The major winter storm that could bring historic amounts of snowfall to certain regions is expected to hit the East Coast of the United States this weekend, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service.

The storm could impact East Coast regions as far south as northern North Carolina and as far north as Boston.

The weather service warned that travel will be limited if not impossible in the areas where blizzard conditions are forecast. The strongest winds and potentially life-threatening conditions are expected Friday night through Saturday night.

In Washington, Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted that more than 2,000 residents have joined the city’s resident snow team to help elderly and disabled neighbors shovel out after the storm.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s emergency management team unveiled a public service video on preparing for brutal winter weather. Tips include winterizing go bags by adding a blanket, warm socks and gloves. Emergency supply kits including a battery-operated radio also are encouraged.

In Costa Rica, the problem was wind, which is typical this time of year. The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said its crews handled 130 power outages Tuesday and Wednesday. The areas listed as affected the most were Naranjo, Puriscal and Alajuela Centro, as well as Turr™cares  in Alajuela province and Nosara on the Pacific coast.

In some cases, utility poles fell, the company said.

The Ministerio de Obras P™blicas y Transportes said it had to take down the Costa Rican flag that flies over the Rotonda de la Bandera in Montes de Oca because of the wind. The ministry said a crew will use the time to do maintenance on the system that raises and lowers the flag.

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