Ski lodges, snowmobilers buoyed by Northeast snow

A weekend storm that dumped 30 centimetres or more of snow in parts of the US Northeast made ski area operators happy, but travellers were still dealing with slippery roads and flight cancellations today.

PTI| Updated: Dec 16, 2013, 05:09 AM IST

Hartford (US): A weekend storm that dumped 30 centimetres or more of snow in parts of the US Northeast made ski area operators happy, but travellers were still dealing with slippery roads and flight cancellations today.

Snowfall in the region ranged from 5 to 20 centimetres in Connecticut and Rhode Island to almost 27.5 centimetres in northern Massachusetts and nearly 42.5 centimetres on Maine`s southern coast, according to the National Weather Service.

Car accidents were reported across the region, including a crash in central Pennsylvania that killed two people late yesterday morning. Police tell The Altoona Mirror that an SUV was traveling too fast for weather conditions when it lost control and slid into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. The two people in the SUV died, and the truck driver was seriously injured.

Airports were also trying to get back to normal after hundreds of flight cancellations. Many morning flights at Logan International Airport in Boston and other airports in the region were canceled, but most afternoon flights were listed as on time.

Flights in the New York City area, which received significant snowfall totals, were taking off on schedule today.

New York City`s Central Park Zoo recorded 15 centimetres of snow yesterday, while Westchester County in suburban New York netted 19 centimetres.

The snow turned to rain in the metropolitan area overnight and left behind a coating of ice, resulting in slick sidewalks and roadways.

Skiers and snowboarders throughout the northeastern New England statesrejoiced in the cold, snowy weather and a chance to get out on the slopes.

Mount Sunapee ski area in Newbury, New Hampshire, got a fresh 33 centimetres of snow and a big skier turnout today morning, said marketing director Bruce McCloy.
"Cars are pouring into the parking lot as I look out the window," he said. "People are excited."

Utility companies reported only scattered power outages in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island and a few hundred total in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.