Frigid Temps, Blizzard Latest, IKEA Coming to Columbus

Frigid Temps, Blizzard Latest, IKEA Coming to Columbus
Get ready for more snow! (Source: WOIO)


Light snow to start, mainly cloudy and frigid High: 22


Snuggle Alert! 3-dog-night! “Whatever you want to call it” COLD! LOW: 7


Little break in the gray and clouds…and even the cold. High: 28

The storm continues to pound eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and eastern Long Island, where accumulations could reach 2 feet. Light snow is falling in New York City, which got about 7-10 inches of snow. Philadelphia, initially predicted to get about a foot of snow, gets about an inch. Boston is virtually shut down, but places farther south are reopening, with New Jersey lifting a travel ban in the southern half of the state.

6 A.M. EST

Amtrak suspends service north of New York and reduces its schedule for trains operating south of New York. Northeast Regional and Acela Express services are operating on a reduced schedule between New York and Washington.

4 A.M. EST

Maine Gov. Paul LePage declares a state of emergency and announces that all state offices are closed Tuesday. LePage cites the forecast for winter storm and blizzard conditions, as well as the potential coastal flooding in southwest Maine.


Rhode Island implemented a travel ban on all roads and closed its bridges.

11 P.M. EST

Authorities ban travel on city streets and highways in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey except for first responders and essential personnel.

Philadelphia, which had expected to receive up to 14 inches of snow, could now get much less. Mayor Michael Nutter says forecasters are projecting 6 to 10 inches of snow but strong winds are still anticipated.

IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, will announce plans on Tuesday morning for a Columbus store.

The proposed IKEA Columbus would be the first such store in Central Ohio and 2nd in the state, complementing the Swedish company's Cincinnati-area presence established in 2008 with a store in West Chester, OH.

There are only 40 IKEA stores in the U.S., with the closest locations in: West Chester, OH, Pittsburgh, PA; and Canton, MI; or online at


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