A heavy winter snow storm lashed the northeastern United States Thursday, subjecting NY to near blizzard-like conditions and forcing flight cancellations as schools and the United Nations closed.
The flight-tracking site FlightAware.com says more than 2,000 flights for Thursday have been canceled.
Risky travel conditions were forecast for I-95 cities from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston.
Unsafe travel conditions are forecast for I-95 cities from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston, the National Weather Service said.
State offices are closed in New Jersey as snow moves across the state, slowing the morning commute.
Near whiteout conditions are predicted for some areas, and at the height of the storm, snow could fall at a rate of two to four inches per hour.
The National Weather Service's latest blizzard warning for Suffolk County predicts 12 to 16 inches of snow Thursday.
The stormy weather and cold air are a far cry from what New Jersey experienced on Wednesday, when temperatures soared into the low 60s across Central Jersey and hit the low 70s in South Jersey. Sleet in Philadelphia will be changing over to a moderate to heavy wet snow.
National Grid reported that around 19,000 customers were without power in Rhode Island as of Thursday afternoon.
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Authorities say almost 1,700 flights have been canceled at New York City's three major airports because of the powerful winter storm hitting the region.
Many government offices also were shuttered with MA and CT ordering non-emergency workers to stay home. Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday told non-essential employees to stay home A winter storm watch remains in effect for most of the state.
White: The city has been covered in a blanket of snow.
Niko is expected to bring a great amount of snowfall to the Northeast on Wednesday night, but should ultimately be drawn out into the Atlantic ocean toward the end of Thursday.
According to Eversource, the areas most affected include communities on Cape Cod, including Barnstable with 10,271 outages and Yarmouth with 13,842 outages as of 4:50 p.m.
The prediction for total snowfall is still within 12 to 18 inches, but also with scattered thunderstorms.
"It's just the beginning of the storm, so it's only going to get worse", he said.
Schools in Philadelphia, Boston and CT, among other areas, will also be closed Thursday morning.