dglobalnews.com More Than 3600 Flights Canceled as Snowstorm Pounds Northeast
Published: Fri, February 10, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

More Than 3600 Flights Canceled as Snowstorm Pounds Northeast

Meteorologists expect 3 to 5 inches of accumulation, nothing like the kind of snow that is falling on New York City and Boston, which are expecting 1 foot and up to 20 inches of the white stuff respectively before it's all over.

The storm was expected to dump up to 18 inches in Boston, as much as a foot in New York City and up to 8 inches in the Philadelphia area.

The winter storm has prompted officials to cancel more than 3,600 flights.

According to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com, more than 2,900 flights within, into or out of the USA scheduled for Thursday have been canceled as of 9:30 a.m. ET, with a majority of those cancellations coming at major airports across the Northeast and New England.

New Jersey: State government offices are closed for non-essential employees, as are courts. Don't plan on going anywhere until at least 8 a.m. Thursday as the heaviest snow falls.

A blizzard warning was in effect for parts of Long Island, while a winter storm warning was issued for New York City, parts of Hudson Valley, Connecticut and New Jersey.

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The good news here is that the strongest onshore winds with this storm will largely come between high tide cycles (Thursday afternoon). A snow emergency was also declared for Philadelphia and many suburbs.

Forecasters said Thursday's weather had the potential to be the most powerful storm that some areas have seen in a mostly snow-free winter. Snowfall could be heavy at times and visibility is likely to be poor.

Meanwhile, the heavy, wet nature of the snow and the brisk winds could contribute to scattered power outages across the state. MA activated its emergency management bunker in Framingham, where Gov. Charlie Baker urged people to stay off the roads to allow plows and sanders to do their work.

Schools in Philadelphia, Boston and CT, among other areas, will also be closed Thursday morning. Click through the gallery to see more photos from this winter storm.

Shafer said it could take a few more hours for the rain to change to snow in South Jersey, but the transition to snow in most areas of Central Jersey should occur by 7 a.m.

The storm should be gone by midday and the sun could even shine Thursday afternoon as crews work to clear snow from roads and sidewalks.

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