Northern Snowstorm Grounds Flights Out Of Tampa And Orlando

Tampa And Orlando International Airports Seeing A Number Of Cancellations Today

If you’re in Florida visiting then mother nature may have just extended your vacation for you. The northeastern U.S. is bracing for a powerful, fast-moving storm that forecasters are warning could bring more than a foot of snow in some areas. Due to the severe weather a number of flights have been cancelled out of Tampa International Airport and Orlando International Airport.

Forecasters also say the snowstorm has the potential to be the most powerful storm that some areas have seen all winter. According to the National Weather Service, Boston and eastern Maine could get anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of snow, New York City could see eight to 12 inches and Philadelphia could get four to eight inches. Furthermore, near whiteout conditions are possible, with snowfall rates at two to four inches per hour.

Just as Florida prepares for hurricanes officials warn the northeastern area of high winds, coastal flooding and power outages. In New York City, Philadelphia and Boston some school systems have canceled classes for Thursday. Airlines even started scrapping thousands of flights by late Wednesday as a precaution.

Tampa International Airport and Orlando International Airport are feeling the wrath of the storm all the way down here in Florida as well. The airports have already cancelled flights to the areas that are in the storms path.

According to Carl Erickson, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania, the snowstorm is expected to last six to 10 hours.