Winter storm warnings were in effect in Boston and Philadelphia as well as New York City today, where city public schools were closed and gusty winds blew snow sideways down the streets of Manhattan. More than 3,500 flights were canceled, and all planes in and out of New York's Kennedy Airport were ordered held on the ground while crews cleared the runways. In fact, over 2200 flights have already been delayed across New York City, Philadelphia, Boston as well as New England. Whiteout conditions are possible, as the storm could at times dump between 2 and 4 inches of snow per hour.
"The potential exists for heavy snow and unsafe travel conditions including the major Interstate 95 cities from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston", the National Weather Service said in a statement. The storm comes a day after much of the Northeast enjoyed a brief glimpse of spring, with temperatures hitting 60 degrees in some places.
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Eastern Long Island was bracing for 12 to 16 inches of snow, with a potential for power outages.
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The core of the storm will occur between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday told non-essential employees to stay home A winter storm watch remains in effect for most of the state. With the storm still more than 24 hours out, changes in the forecast are possible.
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Other airports experiencing significant cancellations Thursday include Philadelphia International Airport, Washington's Reagan National Airport and Bradley International Airport. 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. But we're still going for the general 3 to 6 inches in Philly and then this afternoon no snow.
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