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Winter Storm Niko Creating Travel Headaches in Northeast, New England

10 February 2017

By Thursday morning, 9 inches of snow had fallen at La Guardia Airport, while parts of New Jersey had up to 6.5 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service warns that heavy snow will create very hazardous travel conditions during the morning commute due to reduced visibility and snow accumulating on roads. We are expecting snowfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour at times for much of the area. He said snow was falling at up to 2 inches per hour and expected to intensify as the day went on. Area schools are closed, from Philly to NY all the way up to Beantown, and there are reports of more than 2,700 flight cancellations in the area.

And for anyone not believing we could get snow after a day in the 60s, it actually happened before - last in March 2007 when we got inches of snow a day after a day in the upper 60s.

The fiercest storm of the winter slammed the northeastern United States on Thursday, leaving a foot (30 cm) of snow in places, forcing cancellation of thousands of flights and closing schools.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning that will remain in effect until 6 p.m. tonight and New Yorkers are encouraged to remain indoors-a telling sign of how serious Winter Storm Niko, as it's been named, really is.

A fast-moving winter storm is expected to clog up morning commutes and blanket New York City in upward of 12 inches of snow on Thursday, forecasters said. The city's 311 service will be open to answer residents' question, though the mayor said those in emergency situations should, of course, call 911. Wind chills, or "feels like" temperatures, will bottom out for numerous cities in the Northeast and Midwest. "If you need to go out, please don't use your vehicle because we need to let our Sanitation Department clear the roads".

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Schools closed in cities big and small, including New York City, Philadelphia and Boston, and government offices told non-essential workers to stay home.

De Blasio tweeted Wednesday night that NY schools would close.

After the snow arrived, public works employees began the major task of beginning to dig out from the storm.

There could be some spots that receive a bit more than 14 inches! He added that city officials are working to help those who are homeless ride out the storm, as well as senior citizens who may need assistance.

When Thursday's storm departs it will pull colder air into southern New England, with temperatures in the single digits or teens.