By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 15,2017, 2:35:26PM,EDT
Travel delays and difficulties will linger in the wake of the major nor'easter as cold air, gusty winds and a freeze-up plunge across the eastern United States.The storm has been responsible for up to 42 inches of snow, gusts to hurricane force and coastal flooding in the Northeast. The departing powerful storm will also pull another blast of frigid air from Canada through the middle of the week.
Airline passengers should call before leaving for the airport to check on flight delays, cancellations and re-assigned flights. It may take until the end of the week for flights to return to normal as many crews and aircraft have been displaced by the storm.
Gusty winds may continue to cause additional flight delays at some airports through Thursday. Wind gusts will frequently top 40 mph in much of the Midwest and Northeast through into Thursday.
The uneven distribution of heavy snow, due to drifting, can lead to roof collapses in part of the interior Northeast, especially were 2 to 3 feet of snow has fallen.
Up to a few inches of additional snow will fall on parts of Pennsylvania, New York state and northern New England into Thursday. Bands of snow will pick up moisture from the Great Lakes and continue to rotate around the departing storm.
Where the power has recently been cut or is still out following high wind events earlier this month, blustery conditions in the aftermath of the storm will create hardship for some households. Some people will struggle to keep warm.
Actual temperatures will dip into the single digits over the next few nights over the northern tier, in the central Appalachians and in some of the outlying areas, where there is snow on the ground. In the major cities, lows will be in the teens and 20s F the next few nights.
Damaging freeze to reach deep into southern US
"Freezing temperatures will reach as far to the south as north-central Florida in the wake of the storm through Thursday," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.
The freezing air can damage nursery stock, blossoms and young foliage that have begun to emerge in the South, due to the unusual warmth during February.
Potential #agriculture disaster #Freezing temps to near Orlando Tampa Daytona. Tens of millions freezing tonight. Protect crops/plants pets.
The combination of strong winds and low temperatures will make for subzero AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures across the northern tier. From parts of the Great Lakes to the mid-Atlantic, RealFeel Temperatures may be no higher than the single digits through Thursday morning.
Other lingering hazards in blizzard's wake
While the March sun will cause some natural melting of the snow during the day, untreated wet and slushy areas will quickly freeze at night.
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Motorists and pedestrians will need to keep an eye out for patches of ice, which may appear to be wet.
Large piles of snow near intersections will make for dangerous conditions.
Avoid piling a large amount of snow at the entrances to driveways. Remember to keep fire hydrants free from snow. When possible, avoid parking on streets where snow has made passages narrow.
As the day's first light reaches snow atop buildings and bridges, melting could cause chunks of ice to fall to the road or sidewalk below.
While temperatures will moderate throughout the region prior to the end of the week, a storm threatens to bring a period of snow and wintry mix to parts of the Midwest and Northeast spanning Friday and Saturday.