A powerful, fast-moving winter storm swept over the northeastern United States on Thursday, blanketing an area from Pennsylvania to Maine.
As Niko cranked up off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic, numerous reports of thundersnow were recieved from at least four states, including around Hartford, Connecticut, on New York's Long Island, in Rhode Island and in MA, including at the National Weather Service office in Boston. In anticipation of the snowstorm, city schools were closed across the city's five boroughs. Hudson Valley Weather CEO Alex Marra says it's been an impressive morning from Albany south. "Reports of thundersnow across the region this morning, some lightning detected on radar. Elsewhere we expect snowfall rates of 1-2" per hour.
The National Weather Service predicts that the most intense snowfall will be over by the early afternoon. If you're wondering whether winter storm Niko will affect your flight, the answer is nearly certainly yes, provided you're flying into or out of one of the cities impacted by the storm.
Some areas of the Northeast have been enjoying a mostly snow-free winter, but that's about to change. Our highways are open, and will remain open, we anticipate. "Make it possible for those personnel and equipment to work on keeping the roads clear", Baker told WBUR's Newscast Unit on Wednesday.
With whiteout conditions and snowy, icy roads, officials urged residents not to drive. Lynch predicted that it would be "sloppy, messy, real wet snow", leading to slippery, slushy roads. It is going to be pretty dicey for awhile. "People will have to park on the even side of the street".
Alaska Airlines: As of 4:30 pm EST, the airline has only cancelled two flights between Seattle and New York's JFK.
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A blizzard warning was posted for a swath of the New England coast, with forecasters saying Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, could get up to a foot and a half by evening.
Marra expects the storm to significantly taper off by 3 p.m.
The eastern shores of Lake Ontario are no stranger to lake-effect snow, which forms when cold dry air passes over a relatively warm body of water. Some people are a huge fan of it, a lot of people disagree with it. "But you just don't know what surprises, what will happen today".
The snow will be heaviest tomorrow morning between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., with sustained winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour and gusts up to 35 miles per hour.
That's the message that NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz had for people in much of the Philadelphia region.