- Winter Storm Maya triggered travel issues all over the Midwest on Monday.
- A small plane slid off a runway and across a street Monday in Richmond, Indiana.
- Before it pivoted into the Midwest, Maya caused major problems in the West.
- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm’s arrival.
Winter Storm Maya brought icy roads to the Plains and Midwest on Monday, and in eastern Indiana, disaster was narrowly averted at a regional airfield.
Officials said a small airplane slid off a runway at Richmond Municipal Airport in Richmond, Indiana, Monday morning, according to the Associated Press. The plane had three people aboard when it went off the runway and across Highway 227, the Richmond Palladium-Item reported.
Airport manager Rodney Mayse told the Palladium-Item that it was the first incident at the airport in his 22 years working there. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate what happened as the plane attempted to land on a snowy runway after flying in from Waukesha, Wisconsin, the Palladium-Item also said.
No injuries were reported in the incident, the report added. Richmond is located about 70 miles east of Indianapolis.
Several roads in Iowa were covered with snow or ice on Monday, including a portion of Interstate 80.
Dozens of school districts are starting classes late or have closed for the day. Philadelphia schools have announced they will open on a two-hour delay Tuesday.
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon ahead of the winter storm’s arrival. He had yet to decide if state offices will be closed Tuesday, but the AP reported that Interstates 287 and 78 will not be open to commercial vehicles during the emergency declaration.
Over the weekend, Maya dumped heavy snow on Seattle and other parts of Washington and Oregon, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, knocking out power to tens of thousands and prompting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency. The snow continued Sunday and spread to Idaho and Montana, where Interstate 15 joined the list of highways closed in that corner of the nation.
According to poweroutage.us, more than 80,000 Washington customers were without power Saturday afternoon after nearly a year’s worth of snow fell in a single day in the Seattle area. Most of those outages have since been restored.
The storm also affected a golf tournament in California on Sunday. The final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am had to be suspended when hail began to fall. Pea-sized pellets quickly coated greens, turning them white. Temperatures were in the mid 40s.
The storm made an impact on air travel. Hundreds of flights into and out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were canceled over the weekend, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.
A driver was stuck in his car for more than two hours Saturday after a gas tanker slid into the SUV on an icy overpass from Interstate 5 to Interstate 84 in Portland, KVAL also reported. The tanker pinned the SUV to the bridge railing. Firefighters had to pull the SUV driver through a window. He was not injured.
Many other interstates and highways remained off-limits to traffic on Sunday.
Interstate 15 was closed from Dubois, Idaho, to the Montana state line. In Montana, I-15 was closed from the state line to Lima.
Nevada’s Mount Rose Highway was closed because of whiteout conditions, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. The Mount Rose Ski Tahoe resort shut down Sunday because the highway was closed.
The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort tweeted that it was closed Sunday because of avalanche danger. The tweet said the area received more than 3 feet of snow overnight.
In California’s Sierra Nevada, Interstate 80 reopened about 10 p.m. Sunday after being closed for several days.