In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) urged residents to "take extra precaution and avoid unnecessary travel" as more than a foot of snow is expected in parts of the state. MORE: Winter weather grounds, delays thousands of flights across USNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said people should stay home.
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. Much of the New York Metro area is also under a winter storm warning. Don't plan on going anywhere until at least 8 a.m. Thursday as the heaviest snow falls.
The National Weather Service has upgraded their Winter Storm Warning to a Blizzard Warning that will be in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.
Wednesday saw temperatures of almost 60 degrees in New York City, and Thursday will be a little, er, different. Many people reported thunder snow across the state - which, while possible during heavy snowfall, is a rare occurrence.
British Airways: The airline has only cancelled 13 flights as of 4:30 p.m. EST, but is offering free changes on flights to and from the northeast USA and Canada for fares through Sunday, February 12. 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.
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Expected high winds could cause power outages. The winter storm warning for the area will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday night.
The storm's winds reached as far south as Virginia, where a truck driver died after his tractor-trailer was blown off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Tom Anderson, the facility's deputy director, said in a phone interview.
Today's snowy conditions are in stark contrast to Wednesday's balmy weather, when some northeastern cities, such as Philadelphia and New York City, enjoyed record-high temperatures in the low- to mid-60s.
Due to the expected snowfall, all Philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools closed Thursday.
The storm is expected to dump as much as a foot of snow on the city before tapering off by the afternoon, officials said. "When it comes down at 2 to 3 inches per hour it's hard for the plows to keep up", said Alan Dunham, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Taunton, Massachusetts.