Winter Storm Liam Causes Travel Issues from South to New England

Sean Breslin
Published: February 8, 2018

Winter Storm Liam wreaked havoc on travel Wednesday as it created a mess of snow and ice in parts of the mid-Atlantic and the South.

At Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Linthicum, Maryland, a Southwest Airlines plane slid sideways on the taxiway Wednesday morning, according to WBAL-TV. There were no injuries reported in the incident as Flight 906 attempted to begin a flight bound for Montego Bay, Jamaica, the report added.

Officials are investigating the cause of the incident, and passengers were bussed to the terminal, according to a statement released by the Federal Aviation Administration.

(MORE: Check the Forecast for Winter Storm Liam)

In the Washington D.C. area, where icy conditions were also reported Wednesday morning, some school districts were closed for the day and the federal government delayed opening, NBC Washington said.

More than 25,000 homes and businesses were without power in Ohio Wednesday morning, with most of those outages in the southeastern portion of the state, according to That area was being impacted by icy conditions that made trees and power lines sag.

Travel was treacherous across Ohio and Pennsylvania as the winter storm dumped various forms of precipitation, and many roads became icy.

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In State College, Pennsylvania, all classes and activities were canceled until 5 p.m. Wednesday evening at Penn State University, the school announced.

The storm also created headaches in the Northeast and New England, where hundreds of flights were canceled at the biggest hubs, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. By mid-morning Wednesday, Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Boston Logan International Airport were most impacted, with more than 100 flight cancellations at each airport.

At the Hudson River in New York City, the Mario Cuomo Bridge, formerly the Tappan Zee Bridge, was shut down Wednesday morning after it became iced over and multiple crashes were reported, WABC-TV said.

In Albany, New York, Liam forced state lawmakers to cancel a Wednesday meeting to draw up the budget for environmental protection, the Associated Press reported. The hearing was rescheduled for Feb. 27, the report added.

The number of crashes on Rochester roads spiked Wednesday as conditions worsened, with more than 70 crashes reported in Monroe County between 9 and 10:45 a.m., according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

And in New Jersey, non-essential state employees were asked to report to work two hours later than usual because of the winter storm, the AP also said.

The Maine Turnpike was also affected by Liam, and officials reduced the speed limit for the entire length of the roadway Wednesday afternoon. Many school cancellations were reported in New England, and the New Hampshire House session was canceled Wednesday, according to the AP.

Route 101 in New Hampshire was extremely treacherous Wednesday afternoon, with reports of several crashes and closures along the snow-covered roadway.

Liam impacted Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas as it swept across the nation, and cold temperatures moved in behind freezing rain and sleet, making travel more dangerous. For the most part, all major roadways in the region remained open Wednesday morning, but officials urged caution for those traveling in the conditions.

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