Northeast residents bundle up in preparation for late-winter wallop

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After an unseasonably warm winter in parts of the Northeast, residents are bracing for a late-season wallop that could drop up to 2 feet of snow in parts of the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for several parts of the Northeast, from the New Jersey Shore to Connecticut. A blizzard warning refers to sustained or frequent winds of 35 mph or higher, with considerable snowfall that will reduce visibility to a quarter of a mile or less for at least three hours.

Snowstorms in the Midwest are moving east, where they will merge with a coastal storm to form a major nor'easter.

When will it start?

The snow is expected to start between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Washington, D.C., and move northward, hitting the Philadelphia, New York and Boston areas overnight. The storm could bring record amounts of snowfall for several major cities in the Northeast.

Heavy snow and strong winds are expected for the entire Northeast. Coastal areas in the region should brace for blinding winds in addition to heavy snow and sleet.

By Tuesday morning, snowfall rates could reach 2 to 3 inches per hour. Heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding will move into the New Jersey Shore by tomorrow morning.

A state of emergency has been declared for New York and Virginia. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has also declared a state of emergency for the city's five boroughs.

When will the snow end?

The storm should end at roughly 11 a.m. Tuesday in most cases, but huge waves, strong winds and coastal flooding will continue to pound Boston and coastal New England.

A heavy snowstorm is not common for this time of year. If New York City gets hit with at least 14 inches of snow, it will be the third-biggest snowstorm in the city's history for the month of March.

It also could be the biggest snowstorm of the season.

"This would certainly be the biggest snowstorm of the 2017 winter season in New York City," Faye Barthold, a National Weather Service meteorologist based on Long Island in New York, told The Associated Press.

Predicted snow accumulations

Washington, D.C.: 4 to 8 inches

Baltimore: 5 to 10 inches

Philadelphia: 8 to 12 inches

New York City: 12 to 18 inches; suburbs north and west could see up to 2 feet

Hartford, Connecticut: 16 to 20 inches; western suburbs could see up to 2 feet

Boston: 6 to 12 inches

Residents at higher elevations may be shoveling 20 inches to 2 feet of snow in the morning, while snow accumulations may be less in coastal cities because of sleet and rain mixing throughout the day.

How the storm will affect residents in the Northeast

Schools have been canceled for Tuesday in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston. New York City and Philadelphia are under a blizzard warning, and a blizzard watch has been issued for the Boston area.

The impact of the storm on travelers could be massive, especially for this time of year.

In New York City, all aboveground subway service will be suspended as of 4 a.m., and a decision on the rest of the subway system will be made by 4:30 a.m., and Gov. Andrew Cuomo expects Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North service to be significantly affected as well.

A travel ban will begin in Connecticut at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Gov. Dan Malloy announced on Facebook.

American Airlines has canceled all flights out of La Guardia and John F. Kennedy International airports on Tuesday. The airline has also canceled all flights out of Washington scheduled before 8 a.m. Tuesday and all flights out of Philadelphia scheduled before 5 p.m. Tuesday. In Boston, American Airlines flights after 8 a.m. Tuesday have been canceled, and normal operations are expected to resume Wednesday morning.

Delta canceled more than 900 flights in anticipation of the storm, with about 800 of those flights originating near New York, Washington and Boston, as well as from smaller airports in the Northeast.

Delta expects to resume operations with a reduced schedule on Tuesday night. Delta flight schedules should return to normal by Wednesday, pending facility evaluation and the resumption of mass transit in New York.

Cancellation details for other major airlines were not immediately available.

How the storm will affect other states

Meanwhile, a blanket of white has been dumped on the Great Plains.

Up to 10 inches of snow fell from the Dakotas to Iowa yesterday and overnight.

In the Midwest, snow made for a messy commute Monday morning, resulting in heavy traffic on I-43 in Wisconsin because of multiple accidents.

Chicago is expected to get half a foot of snow, but other parts of Illinois and some parts of Wisconsin got a mere 2 to 5 inches. Winter weather advisories are in place from the Midwest to the Great Lakes and will expire as the storm moves east.

Snow and freezing temperatures also hit the South over the weekend, and Arkansas received 4 to 5 inches of snow.

In parts of Tennessee, 1 to 3 inches of snow fell, causing travel delays and auto accidents throughout the state.

The weather has vacillated widely in the Southeast in recent weeks. Warm streaks throughout February caused plants to bloom early this year, but they were then covered in ice and snow as temperatures plummeted.

 

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Passenger who forced Honolulu emergency landing tells FBI ‘we all have’ terroristic thoughts

Passenger who forced Honolulu emergency landing tells FBI 'we all have' terroristic thoughtsiStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- The Turkish national who forced the emergency landing of American Airlines flight 31 in Honolulu on Friday allegedly told FBI agents "we all have" terroristic ideas, and pantomimed shooting an agent during his interview, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hawaii on Monday.

En route from Los Angeles to Honolulu, 25-year-old Anil Uskanli alarmed passengers and crewmembers while acting "strange," forcing the pilot lock down the flight deck and prompting the U.S. Pacific Command to send two F-22 fighter jets to escort the aircraft into Hawaii.

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"We all have those ideas," he said when asked if he ever had terroristic thoughts.

According to the complaint, Uskanli boarded the plane without any luggage, carrying only a phone, laptop, charger, and miscellaneous items in his pockets.

Not long after he was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing at LAX after breaching a security door while under the influence, crew escorted him down the jet bridge in a wheelchair.

Once aboard the Airbus 321, he plopped into a seat in first class. At a flight attendant's repeated urging, Uskanli eventually moved to 35B, his assigned seat.

After the flight took off, Uskanli began repeatedly moving his laptop from the seatback pocket to the space under the seat, "uttering things and talking to himself," one passenger told FBI agents.

He then got up to use the lavatory, but failed to lock the door, the complaint adds. When another passenger attempted to enter the lavatory, Uskanli allegedly began "yelling and pounding on the walls."

After flight attendants escorted him back to his seat, they found what appeared to be cigarette pieces around the toilet.

A short time later, Uskanli "wrapped a blanket around his head, picked up his laptop," and shuffled towards the front of the aircraft.

A flight attendant used a beverage cart to block the aisle, but Uskanli shoved back, then set his laptop on the cart, triggering immediate alarm among the crew. The flight attendant was concerned following reports that terrorists are attempting to target aircraft with explosives concealed inside electronics, the complaint explains.

While an off-duty law enforcement officer steered Uskanli back to his seat, a flight attendant barricaded the laptop in the rear of the aircraft -- standard procedure for handling a possible explosive device. To further mitigate the impact of a potential in-flight bomb, the pilot descended to 5,000 feet, according to the complaint.

Uskanli was restrained with duct tape, witnesses say.

Upon landing, Uskanli was escorted off the flight by law enforcement, and bomb technicians and canine units seized the laptop and secured the plane. No explosives were found inside the laptop, authorities say.

Uskanli's urinalysis came back positive for benzodiazepine. Other field sobriety tests indicated he may have been high on stimulants or cannabis, according to the complaint.

During a post-incident interview with FBI agents, Uskanli "made a gun shape with his fingers and pretended to shoot,"simulated a ‘chopping motion’" at an agent's neck, and threatened to kill a female agent, according to the complaint.

Asked if he planned to hurt anyone, he told agents, "it depends on the day."

He was charged with interfering with a flight crew, and was scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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