July 26, 2017

Blizzard conditions confirmed in some areas as storm hammers MA

10 February 2017, 02:18 | Leonard Manning

The northeastern bracing for a powerful, fast-moving storm that is expected to bring more than a foot of snow in some places.

Forecasters predict New York City will see six inches or more, while Boston is due for as many as 18 inches.

More than 3,500 flights were canceled across the region, and planes bound for New York's Kennedy Airport were ordered held on the ground for hours while crews cleared the runways.

Most of the state will see between 10-15 inches of snow, but there will be differences in the density of the snow for communities north and south of the Mass Pike.

A number of school systems canceled Thursday classes including New York City, Philadelphia and Boston.

"There definitely is a sharp transition right now between the northern part of the state and the New Jersey Turnpike region", said Chad Shafer, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's regional forecast office in Mount Holly. According to the agency, the snow is expected to fall heavily through the afternoon before tapering off to snow showers in the evening.

Right from NY and OH to Delaware, Maine, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and West Virginia; all these states are in the path of the storm.

"Those are conditions that are just not possible to be driving in", Steven Bellone, a Suffolk County executive on Long Island, said.

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Dozens of flights were delayed or canceled at South Florida airports Thursday as a hazardous snowstorm that generated blizzard warnings swept across heavily populated areas of the Northeast.

A blizzard warning means that heavy snow and strong winds will significantly reduce visibility.

Many government offices also were shuttered with MA and CT ordering non-emergency workers to stay home.

A Winter Storm Warning remains effect for the entire state.

In New York City, the whiplash-like change in the weather between Wednesday and Thursday had snow teams preparing during record-high temperatures.

Philadelphia public and parocial schools are both closed.

East Hampton highway workers are prepared for the storm.

A doorman in New York City died after falling through a window while shoveling snow, police said.

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