Power cuts, airport chaos as storm hits northeast US

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Near blizzard conditions are expected along the coast. Most of those were at the Newark, New Jersey; Boston; and New York's LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports. Storm Team 4 breaks down the timeline here.

The biggest storm to hit the Northeast this winter dropped a foot or more of snow along the New York-to-Boston corridor Thursday, turning roads treacherous, grounding flights and giving millions of people weather whiplash a day after temperatures soared into the 50s and 60s. The warning is in effect through Thursday at 6 p.m. In the face of winter storm warnings for southern New England, including Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia, more than 1,900 flights have preemptively been cancelled. By mid-morning, 6.4 inches had accumulated in Danbury and Newtown. "When it comes down at 2 to 3 inches per hour it's hard for the plows to keep up", Mr. Dunham said.

No vehicles are allowed to be parked on any roads in town that are designated as snow emergency routes, and any vehicles parked there are subject to ticket and tow at the owner's expense.

The first snow-related death was reported in NY on Thursday when a doorman shoveling snow on the Upper East Side died after slipping and falling through a glass window, NY police said.

Half a foot of snow was recorded in the Bronx by 9 a.m., while more than 7 inches had fallen in a number of upstate NY counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said state colleges and courts would be closed. The state's Office of Emergency Management reported about 50 accidents before mid-morning, and that number was expected to grow. That storm jammed roads and caused major disruptions in air travel. The City of Philadelphia has already canceled trash and recycling pickup for Thursday; those with Thursday collection are asked to put out their trash on Friday.

Other areas of the state will still see powerful gusts up to 35 miles per hour, and snow drift will enhance the effect of wind chilling, according to the National Weather Service.

Looking way ahead, the next threat is presently timed for next Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.

I want to emphasise to all New Yorkers, stay inside if you can.

Around 2 inches of snow had fallen in Omaha, Nebraska, and in parts of the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area during the morning of February 8. That one also has the potential to be an important storm but it certainly is far too premature to be confident of its impact on our region at the present time.

The low pressure system that's powering the storm means that thundersnow is not out the question, Doody said.