Flights to and from Northeast canceled, delayed during winter storm

The warning, which was issued by the National Weather Service around 1:30 p.m. and replaces an earlier winter storm warning, is in effect until 8 tonight. "It's originating in the Ohio River Valley and starts cranking as it comes across Appalachia".

Forecasters say the Thursday snowstorm likely will snarl workday commutes, starting in the early morning and continuing into the evening.

"A Blizzard Warning is now in effect for Nassau and Suffolk County".

WBUR meteorologist David Epstein estimates that the area will see snowfall totals between 10 and 15 inches, and some parts of central MA may see additional inches.

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter declared a Winter Storm Emergency just before 6 a.m. Thursday, urging residents to use caution when driving on slick roads. In fact, much of the Northeast will see between six and 12 inches of snow-and airlines, anticipating the deluge of the white stuff, are already responding. "That means that even if it only snows hard for 2-3 hours, the snow will pile up and you'll get your 4-8" rather quickly.

A man died while shoveling snow in NY.

Bundled-up commuters on the island carefully navigated snow-covered sidewalks. Township ordinance prohibits the throwing or blowing of snow into the street.

Parks officials were concerned about high winds and heavy snowfall.

New Jersey's emergency management office reported about 50 accidents before midmorning, and that number was expected to grow.

Like many school districts throughout the state, almost all schools in eastern MA - including Boston, Cambridge and Somerville schools - are closed. New Jersey Transit trains face delays of up to 15 minute.

Some government buildings, including the United Nations headquarters in New York City's Manhattan, were also shuttered because of the inclement weather.

If you're anything like us, then you're still wondering how New York City's weather could go from a sunny Spring-like day with low 60-degree weather to freezing temperatures and a foot of snow overnight.

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. Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

As of 8 a.m. ET, nearly 8 inches of snow had fallen in Albany, New York, and about 3 inches of snow had collected in New York City's Central Park, according to ABC News meteorologists.

Thursday's storm is expected to last 6 to 10 hours, said Carl Erickson, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania.

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