dglobalnews.com Heavy snow hits U.S. northeast
Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Heavy snow hits U.S. northeast

Heavy snow hits U.S. northeast

Much of the region enjoyed seasonally warm temperatures in the 60s and 70s on Wednesday but by Thursday morning, heavy snow surprised the morning rush in NY.

Boston has officially reached blizzard status, according to meteorologist Stephanie Dunten of the National Weather Service in Taunton, as has New Bedford, Hyannis, Marshfield and Beverly.

Authorities said almost 1,700 flights have been canceled at New York City's three major airports because of the storm, about half of their daily flights.

The flight-tracking site FlightAware.com says more than 2,000 flights for Thursday have been canceled.

In New Jersey, a jackknifed tractor trailer closed lanes near Bedminster, about 72km west of New York City.

Philadelphia mostly "dodged a bullet", Mayor Jim Kenney said, as the city received a couple of inches of snow.

Precipitation began to fall overnight starting as rain in some areas but changed to snow as temps cooled before daybreak.

Walsh said he feels the city is ready for the storm, but it's hard to fully predict the extent of the hazards. Even in the Boston area, where the storm is starting later, snowfall is likely to come to an end before midnight tonight. PSEG Long Island has said that it is preparing for power outages.

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The storm has affected several major freeways along the northeast corridor - including Interstates 68, 70, 76, 78, 80, 81, 83, 84 and 95.

"As Mother Nature once again tests the resilience and strength of this state, I urge New Yorkers to plan ahead, stay informed, and above all, stay safe", Governor Andrew Cuomo advised. But Philadelphia schools will be open Friday, officials said.

In Boston, hundreds of public works trucks had already hit the road before dawn to treat streets.

On Thursday, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority announced that all trips after 5 p.m. are canceled.

The storm was expected to pack a punch, but it's not a nor'easter. "So I do feel that the Weather Channel is obviously trying to go after that same sense when it comes to winter storms to make it easier to reference back".

Temperatures on Wednesday set a new record high of 65 at JFK International Airport, almost 30 degrees above average for early February.

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