Tourists best stay away or indoors: New York, Washington DC


The U.S. East Coast will be awakening to the snow storm of the century. The latest forecast shows 18-24 inches of snow possible for New York City. Almost every flight in and out of New York La Guardia and JFK Airport, and in and out of Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey, has been cancelled today. Subways and buses in New York and many other East Coast cities are not operating Saturday either.

For passengers on a cruise ship heading back to snowy Baltimore from the Bahamas, one more day at sea doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

The Maryland Department of Transportation said Friday that the blizzard slamming the Eastern U.S. means the port won’t be ready for the Royal Caribbean International’s Grandeur of the Seas until Monday.

Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez says the ship was to return Sunday from an eight-day trip to the Bahamas. The plans changed after forecasts of more than 2 feet of snow for the Baltimore area.

Amtrak will continue to operate on a modified schedule in the Mid-Atlantic region this weekend due to the winter storm. But there will be no train service south of Washington D.C. to locations in Virginia and the Southeast this weekend.

75 mph wind gust clocked at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.