21 JAN 2019: A major winter storm brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season and wreaked havoc on air travel throughout New England in the US and Canada’s east coast on Sunday. More than 2,000 flights were cancelled in and out of the US and other modes of transportation were also affected by the winter storm.

ST JOHN

Many Canadian figure skaters are stranded in Saint John, N.B., amid a winter storm on the last day of the national skating championships Sunday. More than half of the flights out of the city's airport were cancelled due to the weather.

Air Canada says affected customers could re-book without penalty as a result.

The Skate Canada championships ran from Jan. 14 to 20, with only the exhibition gala left on the schedule for the last day.

The event brought close to 500 people to Saint John, half being skaters and the rest being coaches, officials and staffers. Bay Ferries cancelled its crossings in the Bay of Fundy. The La Have ferry service in Nova Scotia has been suspended.

QUEBEC

The storm brought a rare combination of heavy snow, high winds and extreme cold to many parts of Quebec and southern Ontario. On Sunday, after 7:00 am many arrivals and departures were delayed or cancelled entirely at Trudeau International Airport.

At Quebec City's Jean Lesage International Airport most, but not all flights within Quebec were cancelled for the day after 8:00 am.

MONTREAL

In Montreal, the storm has also caused the cancellation of a festival dedicated to... snow. The City announced that it's suspending the Fete des Neiges due to the snowy, windy and cold weather as well as the dangerous conditions on the province's roads.

OTTAWA

A number of flights were cancelled at the Macdonald–Cartier International Airport in Ottawa

BOSTON

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled around the country, with Boston Logan Airport being one of the hardest hit, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking company. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings or advisories for part or all of at least 15 states stretching from southeast Missouri to the northern tip of Maine.

The storm was caused by the clash of an Arctic high pressure system with a low pressure system coming through the Ohio Valley, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hofmann.

Earlier, the system dumped up to 25 cm (10 inches) of snow on parts of the Midwest Saturday.

The city's transit system urged commuters to allow 10 to 15 minutes of extra travel time and warned of icy conditions for pedestrians on Monday.

CHICAGO

A plane carrying 129 people skidded from a slick runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Saturday. No injuries were reported on the United Airlines flight as it arrived from Phoenix, Chicago Fire officials said.

AMTRAK

Amtrak says it expects to have all of its trains back on a full schedule Monday after a weekend of cancellations and delays caused by the winter storm as it rolled through the Midwest and Northeast.

Among the lines impacted were the Acela Express between Boston and Washington; Empire Service between New York and Buffalo; the Lake Shore Limited that travels between Chicago, New York and Boston; and Keystone Service between New York, Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Amtrak says travellers should continue to check on their train status on the Amtrak website or smartphone app before leaving for the station.

People are warned to be careful as they are getting on and off trains, as platforms could still be slippery from ice.


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