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Travel impacts likely as biggest snowstorm of the season takes aim at the Northeast.
NORTHEAST WINTER WEATHER

Major travel impacts as winter storm slams Northeast


Digital writers
theweathernetwork.com

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 9:16 - A potent snowstorm is underway across the Northeast, brining significant snowfall to major metros. Here's what you need to know.

Heavy snow is already having a major impact on air and land travel along the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to Boston, with hundreds of flight cancellations already, especially through the New York City airports. Newark International was reporting ground stop conditions due to low visibility Thursday morning.

Winter Storm Warnings are widespread from western Pennsylvania to Maine, with blizzard warnings in effect for Long Island and coastal Massachusetts, including Cape Cod.

The heaviest snow is expected from southeastern Pennsylvania (including Philadelphia) to Maine with widespread accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with more than a foot of snow expected across eastern New England. Snowfall rates may reach 2 to 3 inches per hour. Central Long Island had reports of thundersnow on Thursday morning.

Watch the video above for further discussion on this developing system. 


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Heavy snow accumulations combined with strong - potentially damaging - winds will generate blizzard conditions staring Thursday morning for the exposed coasts from Long Island through Cape Cod, including Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

Winds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts 60+ mph, will whip up snow to create white-out conditions at times Thursday afternoon and evening, making travel dangerous and power outages possible.


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As of 8 a.m. Thursday, 2 inches of snow have been reported at La Guardia and Newark airports, with nearly 4 inches fallen so far in parts of central Connecticut, and close to an inch in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, where snow only started to pick up within the previous hour.

Snowfall rates are expected to increase for New England through the early afternoon hours, as the low intensifies as it pulls offshore. While winds will still be strong through the early overnight hours, much of the precipitation will have tapered off by midnight; meaning more than a foot of snow will fall in roughly 12 hours for some places.

This fast-moving system brought a brief burst of snow and rain through the overnight hours to the Washington, D.C. area, but was already moving offshore Thursday morning, leaving strong winds and chilly temperatures in its wake; while highs are expected to rebound into the 40s for the Nation's Capital, it's a far cry from the record-breaking high of 74 set on Wednesday.

Watch Below: The system as it tracks across the Northeast.

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