Spain: Ski chairlift cable breaks injuring 17

A snowstorm is threatening parts of the Northeast with as much as 15 inches of snowfall.
A chairlift cable broke at a ski resort in southern Spain on Monday, injuring 17 skiers, CNN partner station CNN+ reported.

Monday’s commuters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York; and Boston, Massachusetts, could face a nightmare with blowing and drifting snow, freezing temperatures, gusty winds and periods of sleet and freezing rain. The Northeast is expected to receive 5 to 15 inches of snow, forecasters said. In Boston, two women, one of whom was pregnant, died after their car smashed into a city plow truck, CNN affiliate WCVB is reporting. The pregnant woman was 25 years old and the other woman was 65 years old, police told WCVB. Boston public schools are canceled Monday. At 2:15 a.m. Monday, light snow was starting to fall, WCVB reported. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a snow emergency Sunday night. Delta Air Lines canceled 300 flights, most of them to or from Atlanta, Georgia, because of snowy weather, spokesman Brian Kruse said Sunday. The airline Web site listed options for travelers who might be affected by the storm in Georgia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington. Watch report on the storm system » Traffic along northbound Interstate 85 near Highway 9 in Spartanburg County in South Carolina was at a standstill. Stranded motorist slept in car In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Duke Energy reported more than 100,000 customers without electric service early Monday. The worst problems were in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, according to CNN affiliate WXII. It snowed heavily in parts of Atlanta, where Delta is based, with accumulations of up to 5 inches reported. Heavier amounts were recorded in parts of the Georgia mountains and in northeastern Georgia. Watch snowfall in Georgia » A winter storm warning was in effect for Monday from the Carolinas to Maine. Widespread highway closures were expected as snow accumulated.

Don’t Miss Snow in the South

A winter storm warning is issued when an average of 6 or more inches of snow is expected in a 12-hour period, or 8 or more inches in a 24-hour period. As the storm continued its northward trek late Sunday, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in South Carolina and Richmond International Airport in Virginia were closed for snow removal from runways, but later reopened, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. No flight delays were reported overnight by the FAA, but that could change. Watch winter storm cause accidents » The heaviest snow, up to 15 inches, was forecast for the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island, northeast Connecticut and north into the Merrimack Valley in northeast Massachusetts, the weather service said. In Washington, Mayor Adrian Fenty declared a snow emergency Sunday afternoon, meaning any street designated as “snow emergency route” by signs would be cleared of any parked vehicles, towed if necessary, so snow plows could work unimpeded. Share photos of icy, snowy weather in your town “It is important that our crews have access to the roads from curb-to-curb in order to plow the snow,” said Fenty, whose city was expected to get up to 8 inches of accumulation during the night hours Sunday, with accumulations up to 10 inches by Monday night. “This is one of the first plow events we have had this season, and we want to ensure we are able to maintain clear and safe roadways as we move into Monday morning.” Forecasters said as much as 14 inches of snow could pile up in Philadelphia and New York City, starting overnight Sunday. Lesser amounts of snow were reported as far south as Alabama, although Charlotte, North Carolina, could see up to 8 inches. The snow was more than 5 inches deep in Germantown, Tennessee, by Sunday afternoon, forecasters said. Watch the situation in Tennessee »

Julie Oaks from the Tennessee Department of Transportation told CNN she had never seen snow before in the western part of the state. Watch the snow come down in Memphis » Tennessee called in 260 employees to work through the night salting and plowing roadways, she said.