Winter Storm Maya Creates Travel Nightmare in Midwest; Woman Injured by Snow Plow – The Weather Channel

Maya Brings Power Outages, Flight Cancellations Across Midwest This Morning
  • Winter Storm Maya continued to create travel issues all over the Midwest on Tuesday.
  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm’s arrival.
  • Before it pivoted into the Midwest, Maya caused major problems in the West.

Winter Storm Maya continued its wintry onslaught in the Midwest Tuesday, creating a travel nightmare for millions, shutting down schools and sending a woman to the hospital after she was struck by a snowplow at North Dakota’s Hector International Airport.

Fargo Police Sergeant Matt Ysteboe told the unidentified the woman was walking in front of the airport around 3 a.m. Tuesday when the driver of the snowplow did not see her and accidentally backed into her. The woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Up a half inch of accumulating ice in the Chicago area Tuesday morning made traffic nearly impossible, the National Weather Service noted. Schools were closed and trains servicing Chicago’s south suburbs and northwest Indiana were suspended Tuesday because of the weather conditions.

As of Tuesday morning, Winter Storm Maya had knocked out power to more than 20,000 customers in Indiana and nearly 14,000 customers in Illinois, reports.

More than 2,000 flights are been canceled Tuesday, including more than 100 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and more than 200 flights at La Guardia International Airport, according to Flight Aware.

More than 200 flights were also canceled as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

(MORE: Winter Storm Maya to Spread Snow and Ice Across the Midwest, Northeast)

Dozens of school districts across the Midwest and Northeast began classes late on Tuesday, while others were closed for the day.

Many schools were closed in New York City suburbs Tuesday, but the city’s public schools remained open.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon ahead of the winter storm’s arrival. State offices were closed Tuesday, but essential employees were expected to report for duty. Interstates 287 and 78 are closed to commercial vehicles during the emergency declaration that took effect at midnight Tuesday.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday the state of emergency declaration he signed in January remains in effect to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs.

“I want all Pennsylvanians to be vigilant in traveling safely as winter weather again makes its way across Pennsylvania for much of this afternoon through early Wednesday,” Governor Wolf said in a press release. “The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has been in contact with state agencies involved in weather-related activities, including PennDOT and local emergency management agencies to make certain we are prepared.”

Over the weekend, Maya dumped heavy snow on Seattle and other parts of Washington and Oregon, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, knocking out power to tens of thousands and prompting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency. The snow continued Sunday and spread to Idaho and Montana, where Interstate 15 joined the list of highways closed in that corner of the nation.

Emergency crews work to pull a gas tanker away from the SUV it pinned against bridge railings on the icy Interstate 5 overpass to Interstate 84 on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Portland, Oregon.

(Oregon Department of Transportation)

A driver was stuck in his car for more than two hours Saturday after a gas tanker slid into the SUV on an icy overpass from Interstate 5 to Interstate 84 in Portland, KVAL also reported. The tanker pinned the SUV to the bridge railing. Firefighters had to pull the SUV driver through a window. He was not injured.

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Streets, homes and cars remain snow-covered on one of Seattle’s steeper hills, Queen Anne, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Schools and universities closed across Washington state and the Legislature cancelled all hearings as the Northwest dealt with snow and ice and prepared for more as a series of winter storms socked the region. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)