What spring? Winter storm headed to south-central Minnesota Friday, Saturday

The philosophical among us can see if we can appreciate John Ruskin's observation that "there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different types of good weather".

But while the storm might have outperformed its March predecessors for snow totals and aesthetics, for a variety of fortuitous circumstances - timing of the winds, the weight of the snow, and perhaps even the earlier nor'easters -it did not set new standards for ferocity and disruption.

The fourth nor'easter in three weeks closed schools and canceled thousands of flights Wednesday as it's expected to dump record springtime snow in the Northeast.

In Westchester County, over 10 inches has been reported in White Plains.

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It's not just the Smithsonians, unfortunately. Private schools and colleges have also shuttered for the day.

Citi-Bike is suspended as of 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The Federal Reserve also continued "as planned" a meeting before raising the key lending rate for the first time this year, citing a stronger outlook for economic growth, and hinted at a slightly more aggressive pace for hikes in 2019.

Unsurprisingly, air travel is affected.

At the Washington region's three airports, more than 500 flights had been delayed or canceled by midday.

A van carrying five persons turned turtle over the Wantagh State Parkway, according to the New York State Police. You should be able to contact them for a refund or exchange if you've already bought your ticket.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared local emergencies for New York City, where several inches of snow had fallen by Wednesday afternoon, and some other parts of the state.

No animals to see, though, with the Central Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium all closed.

PATH trains are expected to run on a normal schedule. Unnecessary travel is not recommended especially this afternoon and evening. Snow falls across eastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and western Nova Scotia today into tonight with mixed precipitation over eastern areas of Nova Scotia. "Any shift would lead to significant forecast changes near this gradient, including in the Twin Cities metro".

  • Leroy Wright