With schools closed and many workers encouraged not to travel, much of the Northeast is digging out from the first major storm of the winter.
Winter Storm Niko hit the Boston, Massachusetts area particularly hard today, with some areas receiving more than a foot-and-a-half of snow. Most of those were at the Newark, New Jersey; Boston; and New York's LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
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"There's going to be a significant event in the states of Maine and New Hampshire, no question about that", said James Brown, a weather service meteorologist in Gray, Maine.
"New snow and sleet accumulation of one to three inches possible", the weather service says.
The heavy snowfall combined with the strong winds can also cause damage that may leave people without power.
Snow storm conditions may make traveling in western MA hazardous throughout the rest of the weekend and the beginning of next week.
The National Weather Service said 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected. Wind becomes northwest and slowly subsides to 5-10mph, allowing for temperatures to fall overnight to the teens.
DP meteorologist urges administration to cancel class in anticipation of morning snowstorm
Wind gusts will pick up, too, and as temperatures fall Thursday night, wind chills will fall below zero for most . By 9 AM we're in the thick of it, with the heaviest snow falling between 9 AM to 6 PM.
MassDOT officials are asking the public to stay off the roads.
There will be many impacts on Southern New England with this complex and powerful storm system. Sunday: Some freezing drizzle or snow. By Thursday morning, heavy snow snarled the morning rush in New York City. Government offices in the Delaware, Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties surrounding Philadelphia were also shuttered.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said state colleges and courts would be closed. "About one or two inches per hour now, but what we're anxious about is that that's going to intensify potentially at a really intense point at three or four inches per hour".
Several colleges in the Northeast including all City University of NY colleges, Rutgers University in New Jersey and MIT in MA are closed Thursday. The storm will intensify through the evening hours.
The storm is now moving out to sea and the snow is already beginning to tail off in most areas. The fast-falling flurry could make travel around Lake Ontario hard. The storm Thursday came a day after temperatures soared into the 50s and 60s, giving millions of people a taste of spring.
Sunday's high is forecast to be near 40 degrees.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 33-38.