Winter Storm Maya continued its wintry onslaught in the Midwest Tuesday morning, creating a travel nightmare for the morning commute 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 Inforum.com 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, poweroutage.us reports.
More than 2,000 flights are been canceled Tuesday, including more than 100 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, according to Flight Aware.
Dozens of school districts will begin classes late on Tuesday or will be closed for the day. Philadelphia schools announced they will open on a two-hour delay Tuesday.
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon ahead of the winter storm’s arrival. He had yet to decide if state offices will be closed Tuesday, but the AP reported that Interstates 287 and 78 will not be open to commercial vehicles during the emergency declaration.
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.
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.