Frigid air, high winds cause dangerous travel conditions

Tim Jimenez
January 21, 2019 - 8:51 am
A pedestrian walks across the street in downtown Scranton, Pa., on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

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(Associated Press/KYW Newsradio) — Frigid air and high winds are causing dangerous travel conditions throughout the eastern U.S. after a powerful winter storm pummeled the region over the weekend.

The National Weather Service forecasts Monday's temperatures will be more than 20 degrees below normal across the Northeast.

When the early trains came into the Glenside station Monday, the ticket office was still closed. So, with temperatures taking a tumble, many passengers like Cory Gamble waited in their car as long as they could. 

Gamble said he was prepared — well, almost.

"I was hoping to have long underwear but I didn’t have my laundry done," he admitted. Lesson learned. 

As for Martin Pesch, he kept his routine, even though it was painfully cold.

"I bundled up and I walked to the station, which is about a mile."

Through shivers, Peggy Hager, tried her best to have warm thoughts, but "this is too cold," she said. "This is making me want to go to Florida."

Unfortunately for these commuters and others across the Northeast, freezing rain and more snow is expected in parts of New England and the Great Lakes. The bitter cold is expected to stymie travel once again with FlightAware reporting nearly 250 flights canceled as of early Monday morning.

Another storm system is already developing over the Rockies that could blanket the same region with more snow by the end of the week.

The effects of the weekend winter storm are still impacting flights out of Philadelphia International Airport.

The airport's departures board showed a handful of cancellations early Monday morning for flights to Chicago; Boston; Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, New York; Bangor, Maine; and Burlington, Vermont.

But if you're planning a getaway to warmer climates, flights to destinations in Florida — including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa — as well as islands such as Aruba, Sint Maarten and San Juan, Puerto Rico, are scheduled to leave on time, as of Monday morning.

Locally, several of SEPTA's Regional Rail lines were delayed or canceled due to the weather, as well as trolleys and the Broad Street Line. PATCO also reported delays.

Stay up-to-date with all SEPTA changes here.

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KYW Newsradio's Mark Abrams contributed to this report.

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