New York, Boston Braced for Foot of Snow

Thursday's storm is expected to be the first significant snow to hit New York this year, and the heaviest snow is supposed to fall at around 7 am, just before rush hour.
By Jason Spencer | Feb 09, 2017
Public schools in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia will be closed on Thursday as the Northeast prepares for a snowstorm that may blanket parts of those areas.

The winter storm is expected to see 6 inches to 1 foot thick of snow. 2,000 flight arrivals and departures have been canceled for safety reasons.

Boston and Philadelphia announced a snow emergency slated for Thursday ahead of the storm which could start hitting the Interstate 95 corridor as rain on Wednesday night, and turn to snow on Thursday the National Weather Service reported.

An active winter storm warning was already in effect in New York, from midnight to noon Thursday and near blizzard conditions could be seen along the state's coast the Governor said.

"We are asking folks to stay off the roads tomorrow and not travel unless necessary." Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker warned. He also noted that the last time they had a storm of this nature, the snow accumulation turned out to be much higher than they had anticipated.

The winter storm is being caused by a southward plunge in the polar jet stream, causing a low-pressure system that's moving northeast, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday's storm is expected to be the first significant snow to hit New York this year, and the heaviest snow is supposed to fall at around 7 am, just before rush hour. Earlier Wednesday, icy conditions were suspected in a 55-vehicle pileup in Wakefield, Massachusetts, north of Boston. Eight people were taken to the hospital, but none of the injuries was considered life-threatening according to reports by NBC Boston.

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