At Least 1 Dead as Winter Storm Niko Hits Northeast

Thursday's blizzard was forecast to be less severe than some previous storms that have dropped heavy amounts of snow on New York City. New York's Central Park picked up 6 inches of snow in just three hours on Thursday morning, with 9 inches falling in the same period of time at nearby La Guardia Airport.

At Palm Beach International Airport, there were two delayed and 75 canceled flights listed as of 11:30 a.m., according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.

Winter Storm Niko, as the Weather Channel has dubbed the nor'easter, is now bearing down on New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. Don't plan on going anywhere until at least 8 a.m. Thursday as the heaviest snow falls.

Ten to 14 inches of heavy snow is forecast for Suffolk County, which will be under a blizzard warning from 3 a.m.to 6 p.m. Thursday, according to meteorologists in the Upton office of the National Weather Service (NWS).

The weather is expected to be dramatically different from conditions across the Northeast on Wednesday, which saw highs of 74 degrees in Washington, D.C., 72 degrees in Baltimore, 66 degrees in Philadelphia and 62 degrees in New York City.

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The city's Emergency Management Department also issued a hazardous travel advisory. Subway service in NY is still as functional as it ever is, though the Long Island and Metro-North Railroads experiencing delays.

Winter Storm Niko has begun pounding the Northeast and New England with the first big snowfall of 2017 on Thursday.

"Visibilities will become poor with whiteout conditions at times". Baker urged people to stay off the roads to allow plows and sanders to do their work. Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday told non-essential employees to stay home A winter storm watch remains in effect for most of the state. The agency also said the strong winds may result in power outages in parts of Rhode Island and the Cape. During this winter season, the northeastern region has not witnessed too many winter storms.

From Soho to the West Village and beyond, the city's architecture shines through even in a massive snow storm.

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The snow was expected taper off by the early afternoon in the Philadelphia and New York City areas, but New Englanders were bracing for snowfall through the evening commute.

  • Phil Peters