An unrelenting winter storm marching east from the Plains and Midwest on Sunday was one of a series of weather calamities facing weary Thanksgiving weekend travelers across the nation making their way home.

In the Northeast, a powerful nor’easter was colliding with cold air to trigger the first heavy snow of the year from New Jersey to Boston. AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert said Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey were seeing some of the day’s worst weather Sunday – ice, snow and wind.

As some New York schools announced closures, Gov. Andrew Cuomo advised non-essential state employees to stay at home Monday. Some areas were forecast to get an inch of snow an hour starting Sunday evening and lasting into Monday.

Snow accumulations of up to 16 inches and a tenth of an inch of ice can be expected in some areas around Boston, the National Weather Service said.

“The @CityofBoston &@BostonPWD are well prepared for the storm that’s coming #Boston’s way,” Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted. “We encourage residents to use caution when traveling, assist vulnerable neighbors & keep up with shoveling.”

In Buffalo, a Delta Connection flight from New York slid off a taxiway after an “uneventful landing” Sunday morning, Delta Air Lines confirmed to USA TODAY. None of the 64 passengers aboard the Endeavor Air CRJ-900 were injured, the airline said.

Drivers make their way along Interstate 95 under a sign warning of slippery conditions on Sunday night in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Padfield said parts of the state could see snow Sunday through Tuesday morning. A foot of snow was forecast for parts of northeast Pennsylvania.

“With a storm like this, a difference of just a few degrees can quickly change weather and road conditions,” Padfield warned.

Icy conditions caused crashes on Interstate 84 later in the day, and the storm forced a section of Interstate 81 to temporarily close. 

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